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The International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO®) established the Education and Research Foundation in 1990 to help fund the many needs within the ophthalmic medical assisting community. The mission of the Foundation is: To expand and strengthen the delivery of eye care.

Since inception, the Foundation has supported the expansion of training programs through scholarships; development of certification in sub-specialties; and continued research into psychometric methods of testing and simulation of critical tasks to ensure valid and reliable certification examinations.

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JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation 

  2025 Woodlane Drive
     St. Paul, MN 55125-2998

  E-mail: [email protected]

  Phone: 651-731-2944 / 800-284-3937

  International: +1-651-731-2944

  Fax: 651-731-0410

The Foundation’s hours of operation are 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday-Friday. Hours may vary due to holidays and special events.

Foundation Board Members


Peter C. Donshik, MD

Vice President

Michelle Pett Herrin, COMT, CO


William H. Ehlers, MD

Vice President

Michelle Willis, COMT, OSA, OSC


Mandi D. Conway, MD, FACS


Jeannine Bayard, MPH


Susan K. Busch, BA, COMT


Neil T. Choplin, MD


Lynn D. Anderson, PhD, CEO