President's Welcome

ATPO is YOUR Association

I am extremely proud to serve you, the membership of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, (ATPO) and I want you to help ATPO continue to improve and build on our past success.

ATPO is your association and without YOU, ATPO is nothing. Your involvement is how we make things happen, and it is critical to our future existence and success. 

As your President, it is my hope that I can persuade you to stand up, speak up, and lend your hand by volunteering to help ATPO provide members what they want and/or need.  You’ll benefit by helping others and in turn may become a future leader of ATPO. 

ATPO was started in 1969 by a few extremely dedicated ophthalmic technicians who worked full time assisting their ophthalmologist. They wanted very much to help fellow ophthalmic technicians to succeed in this fine profession. I want to continue to help you succeed!

Today, we have grown by leaps and bounds. Each year your board of directors performs a needs assessment and develops committee to address them. These committees need your help. By volunteering your time and energy, you have an opportunity to have your ideas heard and acted on. ATPO needs new ideas on how to grow our membership and I believe you can help. Think about how you can contribute to your organization. Below, I have listed some of ATPOs current needs that I hope you will consider volunteering for and making your contribution.

Viewpoints is published twice a year and is need of articles, case studies, book reviews, etc. Do you like to write, have interesting cases to present, new ways to improve patient care or patient flow, or have extensive knowledge on certain technologies currently used in Ophthalmology?  Why not submit your paper today?  We look forward to publishing your articles after a peer review.  It’s not as difficult as you may think. Heck, if I can write, so can you.

Regional Meetings are hosted by ATPO throughout the year all over the United States. Do you like to teach? What better group to share your knowledge than with your peers? Ophthalmic technician to ophthalmic technician lectures are always very well received as we understand each other’s day to day experiences.

Educational Events. ATPO prides itself on providing you with the best educational events available every year, and we always hold our Scientific Sessions and Grand Rounds meeting in conjunction with the JCAHPO ACE Program, OPS, and AAO meetings each fall. We sure can use your talents as speaker, room monitor and moderator. Many current leaders got their start moderating a half-day session.

Monthly Memo. In 2014 we implemented the Monthly Memo e-newsletter that is chock full of the latest news and events occurring in our field. We would welcome your writings and input. When you join the education committee you can volunteer to write for the Monthly Memo.

Review Courses. ATPO provides COA, COT, COMT written and hands-on review courses. We would like you to help with the teaching of these programs.

Committees. We have Standing Committees that lay the foundation for what ATPO does. We would love to have you lend your talent and volunteer to be on a Committee. 

Your current Board of Directors lists their emails on the website because we want to hear from you. Please feel free to contact any one of us with your concerns, ideas, to say hello, or just let us know how we can help you become more involved and answer your questions. Please tell us what we’re doing right and what or where we can do better. We are here to serve you and would enjoy getting to know you and work with each and every member of this fine organization.

Sergina M. Flaherty, COMT, OSC
President ATPO