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The AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee
As you review the subspecialty fellowship directories, you will notice that many of the programs in Cornea / External Disease, Neuro-ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, Ophthalmic Pathology, and Uveitis have an "in-compliance" designation. The mechanism of compliance is described below.
The official, inaugural meeting of the AUPO FCC as a Limited Liability Company was held on May 1, 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida . The goals and objectives of the AUPO FCC are to provide a system that will enhance patient care for ophthalmologic diseases by promoting uniform standards for fellowship training and educational programs in the following ophthalmic subspecialties: Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Pathology, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Retina, Glaucoma and Uveitis. There are nineteen (19) voting members; seven pairs from the representative subspecialties (Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pathology, Pediatric ophthalmology, Retina, and Uveitis), one from the AAO Council and four (4) from the AUPO. There are four non-voting advisors and one non-voting manager. The total organization consists of 24 individuals (listed below).
The compliance process is entirely voluntary. Each subspecialty through the action of its subspecialty organization(s) will define a set of criteria for its own subspecialty, constituting standards for fellowship training to include curriculum as well research and clinical experience. In addition, the FCC will develop general guidelines applicable to all fellowships. The FCC will help to coordinate the establishment of fellowship guidelines and monitor compliance of individual fellowship programs with these guidelines. The FCC will make determinations of the compliance of initial applications of individual fellowship programs for inclusion in the Compliance Program. Programs admitted to the Compliance Program will be monitored on a triennial or quadrennial program review basis to assure that they remain in compliance.
Currently Pediatric Ophthalmology , Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma and Neuro-ophthalmology Fellowship programs have joined the AUPO FCC Compliance Process. Those fellowship programs in compliance with the AUPO FCC Subspecialty Fellowship Guidelines developed by each subspecialty and approved by the AUPO FCC will be listed on the AUPO FCC Web Site and also listed on the AUPO Fellowship Match Web Site as in compliance.
In summary, the AUPO FCC program offers educational standards, protection of the public, protection of institutions, protection of trainees, accountability and enforcement. The AUPO, the organization with responsibility for planning, promoting, and delivering graduate medical education in ophthalmology, will provide oversight to the AUPO FCC. Please go to our web site for more information www.aupofcc.org.
Board of Managers (Voting): http://www.aupofcc.org/about.html