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November 12, 2012
AUPO FCC compliance list updated on website
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December 12, 2012
Rank List Submission Deadline (SFMatch)

December 19, 2012
Match Results are released (SFMatch)

December 20, 2012
Any post-match vacancies announced (SFMatch)

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Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD
Chair, Review Committee

Fall 2012  

Welcome to the fall issue of AUPO FCC's quarterly eCommunication.

Verification of Program and 2013 Fellows

ALL COMPLIANT PROGRAMS should now have submitted their verification form via the online service. If you have not yet completed this step please do so immediately. This is an IMPORTANT step for your fellow(s). Completing the online verification form will allow your fellow to begin entering procedures, surgeries, or cases (depending on your subspecialty), right away. They cannot start this log until they have been verified by you.

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Change in Fellowship Director?

If there has been a change in fellowship director please take the time during the verification process to update the name and credentials along with appropriate contact information. Upon receipt of the update the AUPO FCC may request a biographical sketch be completed.

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Is Your Fellow Meeting the Surgical / Procedure Requirements?

We suggest you ask your fellows for a copy of their log throughout the year to be sure your program is complying with your subspecialty program requirements.

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Have You Shared the Program Requirements with Your Current Fellows?

The most current copies are located on the AUPO FCC website under each subspecialty.

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2012 Triennial / Quadrennial Review Results

All programs that have had a successful triennial review will receive an updated certificate and letter from the AUPO FCC late October/early November.

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2012 Fellow Exit Survey Results

Letters of continued compliance are being disseminated in the months of October and November to programs via email. If you have not received correspondence from us you will hear from us after the AAO Annual Meeting where all exit surveys that require a final review by the AUPO FCC Review Committee are conducted.

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Request for an Increase in the Number of Fellowship Positions

All requests for increases in the number of compliant fellowship positions must be received by May 1, 2013 to be eligible for posting for the 2014 available positions.

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Other News

The OKAP Policy:

The AUPO and the AUPO FCC support the OKAP Committee policy regarding sharing the scores with fellowship programs.

Use of OKAP Examination Scores in the Screening of Fellowship Applicants
by David K. Coats, MD
Chair, Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) Committee
American Academy of Ophthalmology
March 2010, AUPO News and Views

During the fellowship application process, some fellowship training programs may request that applicants submit OKAP examination scores. Although a procedure for the release of OKAP scores is in place, the American Academy of Ophthalmology discourages fellowship training programs from using these scores as a criterion for admission. The OKAP examination is meant to be a tool for individual residents to assess their progress during residency training. Examination results are also useful for residency program directors to measure teaching effectiveness, and if necessary, guide changes in their curriculum.

Whereas a board certification examination requires all candidates to have fully completed an accredited residency training program prior to the testing process, resident experience and training at any given point in time is highly variable in training programs, so there is no uniformity among residents. Thus, the OKAP examination does not provide an adequate measure of overall resident competency, nor is it intended to fulfill this purpose. If the true purpose and limitations of the OKAP examination are not understood, the use of these scores to screen fellowship applicants could potentially place both applicants and fellowship programs at a disadvantage.

The Academy’s policy regarding the release of OKAP examination scores is that only the overall score is to be released, as this is the only figure for which statistically valid analysis is available. The amount of test items in subtest areas is too small to allow for valid statistical analysis. Furthermore, OKAP examination scores are only to be released by the residency training program director at his or her direction and upon written request by a resident.

The OKAP Committee encourages individual residency programs to develop a policy regarding the release of OKAP scores to fellowship programs and to disseminate this information to residents each year when OKAP examination scores are available. The OKAP User’s Guide contains more information on Academy policies regarding the OKAP examination. For questions and concerns specific to the OKAP, please contact Kathryn Peters at

Important Dates:

December 12, 2012
Rank List Submission Deadline ALL rank lists must be submitted to the SFMatch office by 12:00 PM (PST)

After the deadline your rank list choices will be locked and no changes can be made.

December 19, 2012
Match Results are released to programs and applicants. Login to SF Match account to view Match results.

December 20, 2012
Any post-match vacancies which remain after the match will be announced on the SFMatch Vacancy Information System. Applicants who did not match may begin applying to these positions by negotiating directly with the programs regarding any documentation that they require.

Please contact the SFMatch at or (415) 447-0350 if you have any questions about this process.

For general information please visit the AUPO FCC website at Here are just a few things you will find:

  • 2012-2013 updated fellowship program responsibilities and deadlines
  • List of compliant programs
  • Archived newsletters

We welcome your feedback. Comments may be sent to Questions about information posted in the e-Communication should be directed to the appropriate staff contacts.

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