Susan Day, MD, senior vice president, medical affairs, ACGME International received the Marshall M. Parks Silver Medal from the Children’s Eye Foundation of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) for her contributions within the field.
The honor pays tribute to the legacy of pediatric ophthalmologist Marshall M. Parks, founder of the Children’s Eye Foundation and the visionary for the formation of AAPOS, whose lifelong quest was expert eye care for children, the elimination of preventable blindness, and continuous innovation in the care of strabismus.
According to the Foundation, the Silver Medal is pediatric ophthalmology’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, recognizing monumental contributions. Such contributions may involve basic research, clinical research, clinical care, educational activities, organizational activities, public health, or resource contributions.
After graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Day began a fellowship in San Francisco, which became the center for her ophthalmic career. There, she dedicated herself to learning about the unique health care needs of children.
Dr. Day practiced pediatric ophthalmology for more than 30 years, most recently serving as chair and program director in the ophthalmology department at California Pacific Medical Center. Throughout her time in private practice, Dr. Day became increasingly interested in how residents are trained and how their educational standards are set. This passion led her to serve in several leadership positions in the field, including president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, president of AAPOS, and chair of the ACGME Board of Directors. In 2014, Dr. Day joined ACGME International to help improve health care in international programs and institutions by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians’ education through accreditation.
One of Dr. Day’s favorite quotes, and a theme of her career, is:
Learning is not attained by chance.
It must be sought for with ardor
and attended to with diligence. -- Abigail Adams