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Message from the President

Michael A. Klufas, MD

Dear NJAO Colleagues,

Happy New Year! I hope 2024 is starting off well for everyone. NJAO is breathing a small sigh of relief at the start of the year as we were able to temporarily delay the progress of the Optometry Scope expansion bill in the New Jersey State Legislature. As I’m sure you all are aware, 2023 was a difficult year as we found ourselves right in the middle of our own scope battle. What we had been hearing about and worrying about in other states was finally in our own backyard. NJAO’s lobbying team working in conjunction with AAO has been fighting hard for us and will continue to do so. Thank you so much to all of you who contacted your legislators, followed the Voter Voice link and sent information on to your patients. Your help is integral for our ultimate success.

In addition to continuing to battle for our scope of practice, NJAO will be continuing to provide free mid-day management webinars throughout 2024. These are being provided in conjunction with other state societies and the response so far has been great. The AAO’s Mid-Year Forum is planned for April 17-20 2024. Last year the NJAO supported resident Dr. David Kelly of Rutgers to attend. He had a phenomenal experience. This year we will be proudly supporting Dr. Henry Roger. Now more than ever it is important for younger physicians to be involved in advocating for ophthalmology. NJAO will continue to represent the needs of our membership at this important meeting.

Remember to save the date for our annual meeting on September 27, 2024 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ. Last year was our first year at this new venue and the reviews were spectacular! This year we are planning another exciting program featuring nationally renowned speakers covering timely topics. It is a wonderful opportunity to receive CME credits and connect with colleagues from around the state. I look forward to seeing you there.

We have a busy year ahead as our battle for our scope of practice rages on and is far from over. NJAO will continue to fight for our membership. Thank you again for all of your efforts in this difficult time. It can’t be done without you!

Respectfully yours,
Mary Jude Cox, M.D.
NJAO President, 2024