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Membership survey results

In 2010, the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) invited its members to complete a survey to determine what they like about COS and where the Society needs to improve.

A total of 264 ophthalmologists completed the survey for a response rate of 42.3%, which is well above industry standards.

The survey also provided statistically relevant data on responses by age of respondent and gender.  Key results included:

Primary reasons for being a member of COS

  • From a list of primary reasons for being a member of COS, almost two-thirds (64%) of physicians indicated both continuing professional development (CPD) and the annual scientific meeting.
  • Just over half (51%) cited the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (CJO) and almost half (49%) indicated ‘loyalty’ as being the primary reason.

Perceived relevance of COS programs and services to members

With respect to the various programs and services and their perceived relevance to our membership, the following percent rating (in order of importance) was attributed to the following programs:

  • annual scientific meeting (77%);
  • CPD activities (74%);
  • CJO (68%);
  • clinical practice guidelines (66%);
  • advocacy (64%);
  • membership directory (63%);
  • COS website (44%); and
  • member newsletter Perspectives (36%).

Members’ recommendations

  • Respondents gave web-based learning programs for CPD credit and the residents’ program almost equal importance (72% and 73%, respectively).
  • Improving COS’ online presence was also considered ‘important’ or ‘very important’ by almost two-thirds of respondents (65%).

For more information, please see the full report: COS 2010 Membership Survey Highlights.

For more information about COS membership, please contact:

Rita Afeltra
Membership Manager
Tel: 613.729.6779 x300
Fax: 613.729.7209