AOA Board officers share their New Year’s resolutions
The AOA Board of Trustees officers, left to right, Steven A. Loomis, O.D., AOA president, Andrea P. Thau, O.D., AOA president-elect, Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., AOA vice president, Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA secretary-treasurer, and David A. Cockrell, O.D., AOA immediate past president.
The New Year's holiday is all about reflecting on the past to build for the future, and that's precisely how AOA's leaders see 2016—a renewed opportunity to uphold the profession.
This past year saw many challenges for the profession that strong AOA advocacy helped meet head on, while members gained access to cutting-edge clinical resources, such as AOA MORE (Measures and Outcomes Registry for Eyecare), that promise to help doctors continue providing quality care, and another successful Optometry's Meeting® in Seattle, Washington.
As 2015 draws to a close, the AOA Board of Trustees officers look ahead to 2016 and offer their resolutions for their own practices, the profession and AOA in the New Year.
Steven A. Loomis, O.D., AOA president
"2016 will be another year of great challenges and great opportunities for the profession and the AOA. I resolve that our AOA will be vigilant and active in assuring that our patients are not compromised by the schemes of major retailers, of third party payers or of pseudo-scientists in the delivery of quality patient care. We'll take on the fight wherever we need to."
Andrea P. Thau, O.D., AOA president-elect
"I resolve to improve the quality of my patients' lives by providing the finest optometric care. I resolve to enable our colleagues to continue to be our nation's primary eye care providers by providing full-scope optometric care to all Americans, and I resolve to advocate successfully on behalf of doctors of optometry to provide access to our patients, payment parity and full-scope optometric care throughout our patients' lifetimes."
Christopher J. Quinn, O.D., AOA vice president
"My resolution for the profession is for a continued focus on integration, not segregation. Making sure that a refraction is always fully integrated as an essential component of an eye exam, delivered by a doctor, in a face-to-face encounter with a patient is essential. A refraction can never be safely segregated from an eye exam. Also, to make sure that optometric services, including an eye exam for both children and adults, are fully integrated as an essential benefit offered as part of every patient's health insurance. Integration, not segregation, will be the key to the future success of the profession."
Samuel D. Pierce, O.D., AOA secretary-treasurer
"My resolution for AOA in 2016 is to continue to be the voice of the profession, loud and clear, with a message of continued success for optometry in Washington, D.C., and in every state; to have and proclaim even more victories for our patients in areas of insurance/vision plan reform, access and scope."
David A. Cockrell, O.D., AOA immediate past president
"My resolutions are simple: We plan to add another doctor to our practice during 2016, complete our office building addition and add new services for our practice. I look forward to continuing to work for the AOA and our profession by promoting our profession in all avenues that arise."
The AOA extends to all its members and volunteers best wishes for the holidays and coming New Year.