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As a sponsor accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, ASCRS•ASOA must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually or jointly provided activities.

All individuals participating in a sponsored activity must disclose any financial interest or relationship with a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services discussed in an educational presentation or lack thereof. Financial interest can include such things as grants or research support, consultant, stockholder, member of speakers bureau, financial relationships held by spouse, etc.

The intent of this disclosure is to provide the Program Committee with information so they can design and implement a balanced, independent, and scientific educational activity. The Financial Interest Index within the sponsored activity's Final Program provides information to attendees so they can make their own judgment regarding the interest or relationship and the materials presented.

Potential participants in ASCRS•ASOA-sponsored CME programs, including coauthors/coproducers/co-instructors and faculty, must provide a complete listing of ALL financial relationships relevant to ophthalmology—not just those related to a specific talk—in the financial interest disclosure database at the time of abstract submission. Any relevant relationship that occurred within the previous 12 months should be reported. Those who have no financial interests to disclose should indicate “none” in the database. Disclosure information will be kept on file and used for all CME-bearing activities in an September–August cycle.

All Program Participants

Who must submit a financial interest disclosure?

  1. ASCRS Instructors and all co-instructors
  2. ASOA Instructors and all co-instructors
  3. Authors and all coauthors
  4. Producers and all coproducers
  5. Session Reviewers, Moderators, and Panelists

This system ensures our continued compliance with the ACCME’s guidelines and ensures we continue to provide exceptional quality continuing education; we also believe this system will streamline the process for you, thus improving your overall experience as a participant in our meetings. We thank you in advance for your assistance.

A complete listing of relationships to disclose and their corresponding codes is listed below. Please review the descriptions carefully before continuing.

2016/2017 Financial Interest Disclosure: Submit here

Category

Code

Specific Financial Interest

Product

P

I earn royalty or derive other financial gain from an ophthalmic product or service.

 

R

I have an investment interest in a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

Consultant

A

I receive a retainer, ad hoc fees, or other consulting income from a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

 

B

I am a member of the speaker's bureau of a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

Practice Management Consultant

C

I provide practice management or marketing consulting services to ophthalmic practices.

Research

D

My research is fully or partially funded by a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

Travel

E

My travel expenses have been reimbursed, paid in full or subsidized, by a company  that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

Employee*

Y

I am a full-time employee of a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

 

Z

I am a part-time employee of a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care.

Spouse/Partner

S

My spouse or partner has a financial relationship with a company that produces, markets, resells, or distributes ophthalmic products/devices/drugs or services related to patient clinical care, encompassing royalties, investment, consulting/speakers bureau, research grants, travel reimbursement or employment.

* Employee is defined as someone who receives a W-2 from a company.

Meeting Locations & Dates
  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • ASCRS Symposium on Cataract and Refractive Surgery: April 13–17, 2018
  • ASOA Congress on Ophthalmic Practice Management: April 13–17, 2018
  • Technicians & Nurses Program: April 14–17, 2018
2017 Annual Meeting Highlights

More than 6,000 attendees arrived in Los Angeles May 5–9 for the 2017 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. Check out this video to view highlights from the conference.