President-elect Dr. Wilkinson focuses on lifelong learning, physician issues

November 12, 2006

In his president-elect address, C.P. Wilkinson, MD, vowed to provide continued support for the AAO's mission to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best eye care.

In his president-elect address, C.P. Wilkinson, MD, vowed to provide continued support for the AAO's mission to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best eye care.

Among his objectives is to maintain and strengthen the AAO's influence upon health policy in the United States. Changes are coming and the meaningful performances of the academy staffs in Washington, DC, and the state affairs division must continue in the months and years ahead, he said.

"This is a critical issue," said Dr. Wilkinson during the AAO's opening session Sunday morning.

"Regarding lifelong learning, I hope to emphasize and promote the academy's pivotal role in education," he said.

A remarkable evolution in education has occurred in the AAO's existence over the past century. The worldwide distribution of AAO educational materials is vital, as physicians remain up to date through continuing education.

"CME and recertification are pertinent topics for these times," Dr. Wilkinson said. "The end result is that more patients will receive the best possible eye care."