The application for candidacy for Fellowship is in addition to any previously submitted application for student membership. The questions relating to professional activity and (where applicable) clinical activity are not only for assigning a candidate to the appropriate Admittance Region, but also for fostering subsequent involvement in various Academy programs.
Download the Candidate for Fellowship Application (PDF)
Upon completion, return the form one of the following ways:
• Email the form to email@example.com
|Candidacy for Fellowship Process:
3. Compile 50 Points and Submit Written Work
*At least one case report is required.
Clinical Candidates: are optometrists who are licensed to practice at the highest level permitted by law in their jurisdiction and are engaged in active clinical practice. Of the 50 points required from clinical candidates, at least one case report (10 points) is required. This case report should be submitted with the proposed plan for achieving fellowship.
Scientific Candidates: are primarily involved in research relating to the vision sciences. They have published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and generally have an advanced degree in a vision-science area of discipline. Of the 50 points required from scientific candidates, at least three scientific publications (10 points per publication) are required. For more information see Written Work for Scientists.
Special Category Candidates: may include administrators, executive directors, clinical consultants, librarians, educators, editors or others who have distinguished themselves and optometry by their contribution to optometry or vision science. This category is reserved for those candidates who are not in active clinical practice or participating in publishable scientific research. Of the 50 points required from special category candidates, at least one original paper (either 1,200 word paper for 10 points or a 6,000 word paper for 50 points) is required. For more information see Written Work for Special Categories Candidates.
Important Dates and Deadlines
The Proposed Plan for Written Requirements of the admittance process is due as soon as possible after you have received confirmation of your candidacy from the Region Chair.
4. Complete the Oral Examination
In 2013, the exam will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Seattle, WA.
The objective of the oral examination is to evaluate candidates on their professional competence in solving their patients' problems at a level commensurate with the standards set by the Academy. In the case of candidates who are not in clinical practice, standards relevant to the candidate's professional activity will be used. Candidates will be examined on the basis of the credentials and written work they have submitted to the committee. Whenever possible, a candidate will be examined before the same committee that evaluated the written work.
To prepare for the oral exam, see the following:
All candidates will be notified at the end of their oral examinations if they successfully completed their oral examination. Successful candidates will be given a "New Fellow" ribbon to wear on their identification badge. A candidate who was not successful will meet with the Examination Committee Chair and either the Vice Chair or Chair of the Admittance Committee. An explanation of the committee’s reason(s) for the non-pass will be given. The Examination Committee Chair will outline further requirements needed to complete the admittance process in the following year.
5. Admittance and Induction
Each individual admitted to Academy Fellowship is expected to: