Professional Development and Education Committee

Professional Development and Education Committee

The Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) oversees and provides guidance for ARVO’s online learning material and methods, ensuring that programs are meeting ARVO’s organizational goals.

Description

  • Review ARVO’s strategic plan and consider its goals when making decisions on developing or approving educational offerings.
  • Conduct needs assessment to determine topics for online learning, including webinars and online courses (finalize topics and delivery format 18 months out).
  • Develop new criteria and scoring for member content submitted for consideration for face-to-face and/or online delivery (non-Annual Meeting).
  • Oversee call for proposals and once per year review members’ course content submissions. Participate in a conference call to finalize selection of full- and half-day Saturday courses, which are held in conjunction with the ARVO Annual Meeting.
  • Select course organizers and/or speakers to work with ARVO staff to develop and implement programs through ARVOLearn. Solicit additional organizers and/or speakers to address educational needs not met via the proposal process.
  • A PDEC member is assigned as an advisor to each organizer of a Saturday full- or half-day course to provide guidance regarding course development policies and procedures, as well as best practices in course design. This involves one conference call, online interaction with course organizers and communication with the ARVO staff liaison.
  • Review member proposals for small meetings and conferences, relaying to the Board of Trustees those recommended for additional consideration.
  • The PDEC chair (and/or chair-elect) reviews workshop proposals from ARVO committees to ensure appropriateness for the Annual Meeting and recommends changes when final topics are duplicated across proposals to avoid redundancy of content.
  • Review education and training program activity evaluations to measure overall success and apply insights to future course decisions.
  • Work with staff liaison to stay abreast of trends in education delivery methods to determine the best mechanisms to educate a global audience.
  • Work with staff liaison to provide a written report to the Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled meeting each spring.

Qualifications
In compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) guidelines, PDEC committee members may not be owners or employees of ACCME-defined commercial interests.

Meetings
The Committee communicates regularly through a private ARVOConnect community and meets face-to-face during the Annual Meeting. In addition, the committee meets by conference call in August. Additional online meetings may be called as deemed necessary by the Committee Chair.

How to Apply – application period opens December 2020
To be considered for membership on the Committee, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

  • Invest time in their application
  • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

Applications will be accepted from December 2020 through January 2021. The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2021 (additional details will be announced at a later date).

Professional Development and Education Committee

Chair

Bennie H. Jeng, MD

Section: Cornea
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore , Md.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/05/2023

Member

Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah, MD

Section: Retina
Doheny Eye Institute
Los Angeles , Calif.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member, LDP Subcommittee

Emily Y. Chew, MD, FARVO

Section: Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
National Eye Institute/NIH
Bethesda , Md.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2021

Member, LDP Subcommittee

Tonia Rex, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville , Tenn.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member, LDP Subcommittee

Michelle C. Callegan, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Oklahoma City , Okla.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2021

Member

Thomas Fuchsluger, MD, PhD, FEBO, MSc

Section: Cornea
Friedrich-Alexander-University
Erlangen , Germany
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

Member

Maria Fernanda Abalem, MD, MSc

Section: Retina
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor , Mich.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Radwan Ajlan, MBBCh, FRCSC

Section: Retina
University of Kansas
Leawood , Kansas
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Lin Cheng, MD, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
University of Iowa
Iowa City , Iowa
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Renu Kowluru, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Wayne State University/Kresge Eye Institute
Detroit , Mich.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Alison Abraham, PhD

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore , Md.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Emily Patterson, PhD

Section: Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology
Morden, England , United Kingdom
Term: 05/07/2020 - 04/27/2023

Member

Subhabrata Chakrabarti , PhD

Section: Glaucoma
L V Prasad Eye Institute
Hyderabad , India
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Jason Porter, MD, PhD, FARVO

Section: Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics
University of Houston
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Member

Andrew Smith, PhD

Section: Clinical/Epidemiologic Research
Medmetrics Inc & Dept. of Ophthalmology, King's College London, London, UK
London , United Kingdom
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/05/2022

Trustee Liaison, Ex Officio

Melinda Duncan, PhD, FARVO

Section: Lens
University of Delaware
Newark , Del.
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO

Section: Pharmacology/Physiology
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

Stephen C. Pflugfelder, MD, FARVO

Section: Cornea
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston , Tex.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/06/2021

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
Flinders University
Adelaide , South Australia
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/05/2022

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO
Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Cathy Conley

ARVO
Director, Online Education

Staff Committee Liaison

Jason Spessard

ARVO
Chief Financial Officer