Professional Development and Education Committee

Professional Development and Education Committee

Description

The Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) provides the following roles:

  • Identify topics for online learning, including webinars and online courses. Conduct call for proposals, review submissions, and select final organizer(s) and speaker(s) to work with staff to develop and implement through ARVOLearn.
  • Review and finalize selection of member proposals for full and half-day Saturday courses held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
  • Solicit organizers and/or speakers to address educational needs not met via the proposal process for Saturday full and half-day courses.
  • Serve as advisors to course organizers regarding course development policies and procedures and best practices in course design.
  • Review workshop proposals from committees, approving final topics to avoid redundancy of content and overall appropriateness for delivery at the Annual Meeting.
  • Review member proposals for small meetings and conferences, moving forward to the Board of Trustees those recommended for additional consideration. 

Activities

  • Review strategic plan and consider goals of the plan when making decisions for developing or approving educational offerings.
  • Once per year, review Saturday course proposals (in conjunction with the Annual Meeting) and participate in a conference call to finalize full and half-day courses, seeking additional speakers and organizers where deemed necessary. Oversee evaluation forms, analyze results and apply insights to future course decisions.
  • A PDEC member is assigned as an advisor to each Saturday full or half-day  course regarding course development processes and best practices in course design. This involves one conference call, online interaction with course organizers and communication with the staff liaison.
  • The PDEC chair (and/or chair-elect) reviews workshop proposals from various ARVO committees to ensure appropriateness for the Annual Meeting and to recommend changes when topics are duplicated across proposals.
  • Conduct needs assessment to determine topics for online delivery. Finalize topics and delivery format 18 months out, oversee call for proposals and/or solicit organizers, oversee the review of member content submissions and selection of speakers. Solicit organizers and speakers where needed to fill in gaps. Develop and analyze evaluations.
  • Develop new criteria and scoring for member content submitted for consideration for face-to-face and/or online delivery (non-Annual Meeting).
  • Review education and training program activity evaluations to measure overall success and determine if the programming is meeting organizational goals.
  • 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 in the spring of each year.

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.

Professional Development and Education Committee

Chair

Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD

Section: Retina
University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
Worcester , Mass.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2020

Chair-elect

Bennie H. Jeng, MD

Section: Cornea
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore , Md.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/06/2021

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

Meredith Giblin

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Nashville , Tenn.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

David C. Sousa, MD, MSc

Section: Retina
Hospital Santa Maria - CHLN
Lisbon , Portugal
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Andrew T. C. Tsin, PhD, FARVO

Section: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Edinburg , Texas
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Siamak Yousefi, PhD

Section: Glaucoma
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis , Tenn.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Member

Alison Abraham, PhD

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

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 , Texas
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

Steven J. Fliesler, PhD, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY-Buffalo / VA Medical Center - Buffalo
Buffalo , N.Y.
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, FARVO

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Duke University
Durham , N.C.
Term: 05/03/2018 - 05/07/2020

Ex Officio

Justine R. Smith, FRANZCO, PhD, FARVO

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

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

ARVO
Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Cathy Conley

ARVO
Senior Instructional Designer

Ex-Officio

Jason Spessard
CAE