The mission of AAPOS is to promote the highest quality medical and surgical eye care worldwide for children and for adults with strabismus.
AAPOS establishes practice guidelines for pediatric ophthalmology at the highest level of competence and ethics. AAPOS encourages the training of ophthalmologists who are primarily concerned with eye care of children. AAPOS fosters concepts that benefit children's eye health through preventive as well as remedial activities.
AAPOS establishes educational goals and encourages the creation and maintenance of post-residency training programs. AAPOS encourages training in pediatric ophthalmology in ophthalmology residency programs. AAPOS sponsors post-graduate meetings and seminars and propagates educational materials related to the training of pediatric ophthalmologists.
AAPOS encourages and supports individual and cooperative clinical research.
AAPOS supports research and education and demonstrates the value of advances in clinical care of adults with strabismus.
AAPOS has 906 Active/Charter members, 329 International members, 38 Associate members, 11 Affiliate members, 117 Orthoptist members, 115 Emeritus members, 8 Honorary, and 150 Candidates-in-training.
Members are ophthalmologists certified in the United States or Canada who are in good standing with their respective national ophthalmology organization. AAPOS members have completed one year of additional training in an AAPOS approved program in pediatric ophthalmology or strabismus. 75% of an AAPOS member's practice time is devoted to pediatric ophthalmology and/or strabismus.
Associate members have made a significant contribution to pediatric ophthalmology but have had somewhat less training.
Orthoptists have completed a program of study and clinical training in strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology. Orthoptists can see patients independently under the sponsorship of an ophthalmologist.
International members are similarly trained but not necessarily in AAPOS programs and practice outside of North America.
A candidate-in-training is a member who is currently in or has recently completed an accredited fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology.
AAPOS meets annually for exchange of new information. Material is presented in papers, posters and workshops. AAPOS sponsors an update in pediatric ophthalmology for general ophthalmologists at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
The Childrens's Eye Foundation is the official foundation of AAPOS. The mission is to optimize the quality of life of children by eliminating preventable vision loss and eye disease and encourage physicians to enter the field of pediatric ophthalmology.
The history of AAPOS begins with the history of the development of specialty medicine and pediatrics in particular. Pediatrics evolved from general medicine somewhat for social reasons that still exist today. At the end of the 18th century a movement that considered children to be a special national treasure swept across Europe. This movement marked the inception of recognizing the need for special care of children. Within a few years, hospitals dedicated to the care of children thrived in every nation in Europe. Yet, in the United States, pediatrics met immediate competition from general practice physicians and was treated with disdain. The first few children’s hospitals in the United States were Philadelphia in 1855, Boston in1869 and Detroit in 1886. These were started as very small units of 20 beds or fewer. READ MORE
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