Cathleen McCabe, MD, Selected for Leadership Development Program Class of 2019

OOSS congratulates its nominee Cathleen McCabe, MD, on her selection into the AAO Leadership Development Program (LDP) class of 2019. Dr. McCabe is OOSS Vice President and serves concurrently as an AAO Councilor, representing the interests of the ophthalmic ASC community.

The AAO LDP program is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s ophthalmic leaders. Every year a class of young ophthalmologists is chosen from a slate of nominees from specialized interest societies like OOSS. The one-year program encompasses learning opportunities focused on leadership, advocacy, and association governance.

“I am very happy to be a part of the program and am interested to see what the representatives from other organizations are working on to better the industry,” says Dr. McCabe. “It is also an opportunity for OOSS as well, as we work to become more proactive with our initiatives and intentional with our relationships.”

In the past, OOSS has focused on taking full advantage of each opportunity presented and capitalized on these for members and the greater ASC community. “Now, however,” says Dr. McCabe, “We’d prefer to be proactive rather than reactive. This means we’d like to initiate more projects and strengthen our relationships with related organizations, such as AAO and ASCRS, which have contributed significantly to OOSS by allowing us space during their annual meetings to host our own Perspective and Symposium sessions. Our goal is to be more strategic with our partnerships, to coordinate goal-directed initiatives, and to acquire more latitude in where, when, and how OOSS structures its opportunities. Being a part of the LDP is an excellent way to connect and trade ideas with like-minded individuals looking to improve the ophthalmic ASC community.”

Several proactive goals on the OOSS agenda include but are not limited to:

  • Working towards a more integrated relationship with ASCRS to make member advantages such as benchmarking and surveys more uniform between OOSS and ASCRS
  • Strategizing how best to benefit OOSS members by participating in the Caribbean Eye Meeting with ACES and SEE
  • Implementing the OOSS Gives Foundation, of which Dr. McCabe voluntarily serves as VP and which is designed to promote ASC involvement in charitable cataract surgery in partnership with the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight

Dr. McCabe’s acceptance into the AAO LDP offers a variety of opportunities—both for her and the ASC community she serves. OOSS looks forward to taking an even more active role in searching out and initiating those opportunities.

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