Association Acumen: Chosen to manage and promote resident cataract surgery programs

CONTACT: Susan MacDonald, MD, Course Director
e-mail: [email protected]
Cindy Lemek, CORE Director, Association Acumen
Office: (414) 386-0365
e-mail: [email protected]

Milwaukee, WI – Association Acumen, a full-service association management company based in Milwaukee, has been chosen to manage and promote a series of programs aimed at residents in ophthalmology. The programs, entitled CORE (Complimentary Ophthalmic Residents Education), are jointly sponsored by the National Retina Institute and Association Acumen. They are supported by an educational grant from Alcon.

The first program will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center, May 4-6. Two other programs will be held in the fall, with locations yet to be determined. Expected to draw an attendance of seventy-five residents at each site, the one and a half day educational programs will cover state-of-the-art cataract surgical techniques and technology and will include a hands-on microsurgical “wet” lab. Top ophthalmologists in the field will serve as presenters, providing interactive lectures focusing on the surgical knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform safe and efficient cataract surgery. Through the National Retina Institute, the programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for 7.75 Category 1 credits, as specified by the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award.

According to course director Dr. Susan MacDonald, the programs will “dramatically enhance the educational experience for residents with hands-on participation and one on one coaching. We have a dynamic faculty with a passion for educating residents. The goal of the course is to advance the practice of cataract surgery by focusing on safe, state of the art surgical techniques.” Gail Bast, Association Acumen’s president, plans to utilize strategic marketing techniques in order to maximize resident participation. “We are delighted to serve as the joint sponsor for this excellent and worthwhile program.”

A cataract is a clouding in the lens of the eye that affects vision. By age eighty, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Early treatment can help protect and save vision.

Susan MacDonald, MD, is a board certified ophthalmologist practicing at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Peabody, Massachusetts. She is also an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Association Acumen is an accredited full service association management company, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, providing staff support for national and international trade and professional associations. Services include membership management, governance, financial management, website and database integration, meeting and convention management, and communications and strategic planning. For more information on the cataract surgery programs, visit, contact [email protected] or call (414) 386-0365. For more information on Association Acumen programs and services visit