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Drs. Faustina and Schaal Participated in Annual AUPO Meeting

Date Posted: Sunday, February 25, 2018

The Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) is an organization dedicated to research and education in ophthalmology. It is the voice of academic ophthalmology in the United States.

The AUPO annual meeting is an opportunity for representatives from ophthalmology residency training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in medical schools and other teaching institutions in the United States to get together an brainstorm.

Dr. Misha Faustina, the director of GME education at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences participated in the annual meeting as part of her efforts to establish an Ophthalmology Residency Program at UMass. “We have a rare opportunity to conceive and to design an educational program for our future residents, that includes modern teaching techniques, current technology, and cutting edge research”, She said. “A brand new residency program in ophthalmology was not approved in this nation for more than two decades, therefore, we recognize the importance and the novelty of this initiative”.

Dr. Schaal presented in the conference a talk that summarizes UMass Chan Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care, and UMass Memorial Medical group combined institutional efforts to increase physician engagement and alignment. The approach that is taken is a novel approach that is expected to increase effective communication, decrease physician burnout, and increase physicians’ sense of community and pride at UMass.

Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)