MembershipThe Power of the Pan-American Network
Why become a member?
Dr. RV Paul Chan started his membership with the PAAO as a fellow, now he is the on the PAAO Executive Committee as Associate Secretary for English Language. In this video, he talks about how the PAAO changed his life.
Membership and the 3 E’s
Dr. Carol Shields has been a member since she was a student. She is also a leader in the field of ocular oncology. In this video she tells you why she is a member of the Pan-American.
Benefits of Membership
Prizes and Awards
Lions/PAAO Award for the Prevention of Blindness Paul Kayser/RRF Global Award offering an award to visual scientists in the forefront of innovative clinical and basic science in ophthalmology Troutman-Véronneau Prize See all our awards
Membership in the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology offers you the opportunity to reach across countries and cultures to build life-long relationships with other colleagues who are deeply committed to sharing new ways to standardize and advance ophthalmic knowledge and skills for the improvement of patient care.
A physician who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, or equivalent medical degree as determined by the Board of Directors, who holds a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the country in which the practice of medicine is regularly conducted, who has completed formal training in ophthalmology or its equivalent, as determined by the Board of Directors, and who is a member in good standing of the national society affiliated with the Association in the country in which the practice of medicine is regularly conducted in all countries with an affiliated national society. Annual dues are US$200.
Member-in-Training A physician who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, or equivalent medical degree as determined by the Board of Directors, and who is engaged on a full-time basis in an ophthalmology training program in the Western Hemisphere that is acceptable to the Board of Directors shall be eligible for membership as a Member-in-Training for a period of up to four (4) years. Maximum age 35. Annual dues are US$50.
Affiliate Member A person who holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and who is not an ophthalmologist but is engaged in a field allied with or in a basic science related to ophthalmology, shall be eligible to apply for membership as an Affiliate Member. Annual dues are US$75.
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