Winter 2017 Chair's Welcome Message

We have passed the halfway point for the 2016/2017 academic year. Fellows should be fully engaged in their program and learning process. This is a good time to review compliance requirements and if necessary, make adjustments. Be sure that your program is achieving its goals in fellow education.

As the AUPO-FCC enters its second decade, I would like to thank all the programs and
fellows for their support and cooperation in the compliance process. Over the last decade, the FCC process has grown with the support of the major subspecialty societies:

  • American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists (AAOOP)
  • American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
  • American Glaucoma Society
  • American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS)
  • American Uveitis Society (AUS)
  • Cornea Society
  • Macula Society
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)
  • Retina Society

I would also like to introduce the officers of the AUPO-FCC:

  • Michael W. Belin, MD – Chair
  • Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD – Vice Chair
  • Andrew G. Lee, MD – Treasurer
  • Nisha Acharya, MD – Secretary
  • Jennifer E. Thorne, MD – Chair Review Committee
  • Elmer Y. Tu, MD – Vice Chair Review Committee
  • Kathy Mitchell – AUPO FCC Manager

We are in the process of updating the entire webpage. Our goal over the next year is to
improve the functionality of the web page to make the entire process more user-friendly.
The web page offers a wealth of information including eight years of
cumulative fellow surgical volume. This information is particularly useful for the applying and current fellows and can also serve as a benchmark for each program to assess their own performance.
As always, we would welcome any suggestions or feedback as we are continually striving to improve the process.

Michael W. Belin, MD