Milestones in IJCAHPO’s History
- Incorporation and structure developed.
- Multiple-choice and practical oral examinations developed to assess ophthalmic personnel.
- First Annual Continuing Education Program conducted during the AAO Annual Meeting.
- Ophthalmic assistant recruitment and marketing campaign established.
- Launched its strategic plan for certification, education, and organizational growth.
- Peter Y. Evans, MD, named Executive Vice President.
- First plenary session held at the Annual Continuing Education Program.
- Three levels of certification established.
- Certifications nationally accredited.
- Certified Allied Ophthalmic Personnel reached 8,000.
- Built home office in Minnesota.
- Formed new alliances to further its mission.
- JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation established.
- International Relations Committee created to build relationships reflecting growing global community interests in Allied Ophthalmic Personnel (AOP).
- Relationships developed with national and international foundations and societies to promote AOP.
- Certification examinations transferred from written to computerized administration.
- Alice Gelinas, JCAHPO’s first Administrator, retired after 27 years of service.
- Strengthened the learning and competency of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel by significantly increasing certification and education programs.
- Governance restructured.
- Bureau of Labor SOC classification awarded.
- AOP career website designed to promote the profession and recruit personnel.
- College credit equivalency of IJCAHPO certifications awarded by the American Council on Education.
- New programs offered in Sub-Specialty certifications (Ultrasound Biometry, Diagnostic Sonography, Contact Lens Fitting, and Corporate Ophthalmic Assisting) and education (CE programs, publications, online courses, and simulation learning modules).
- Advancement and expansion focused on Integration, Initiating, Involvement, and Innovation of AOP programs for certification, education, accreditation, and career promotion.
- New name of “International” Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology proposed with a governance structure change.
- Global alliances developed with accreditation and endorsement of international AOP training and certification centers.
- World Health Organization’s eye care health workers classification of Allied Ophthalmic Personnel endorsed.
- Simulation of COT Skill and COMT Performance certifications developed.
- AAO Council membership approved and advocated three Council Advisory Recommendations in support of ophthalmic personnel.
- Certified Allied Ophthalmic Personnel reached 30,000 globally.