Optometry’s Meeting® continuing education: exceeding expectations through innovation

May 6, 2012

By Ben Gaddie, O.D., chair, Meetings Center Continuing Education Committee

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some of the most distinguished speakers in the nation at the 2012 Optometry’s Meeting® in Chicago, Ill.

The program boasts exciting topics, new speakers, and interactive course formats! Continuing education begins on Wednesday, June 27 and continues through Saturday, June 30.

Optometrists can choose from more than 200 hours of accredited continuing education and thanks to our generous educational supporters, there are multiple opportunities to attend some of the courses at no charge.

The program was created to fulfill any optometrist’s educational needs, so a wide-variety of topics and learning formats are included.

Be sure to attend the always-popular breakfast symposiums on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and the newly added lunch symposiums on Saturday. The symposiums are filling up fast, so register now to reserve your seat!

Last year’s Specialty Day was such a success that we decided to once again partner with the societies to give you access to the most cutting-edge education available.

Specialty courses from six innovative optometric societies are scattered throughout the program on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The participating societies include: College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology, the Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS), the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry (OSSO), the Optometric Retina Society (ORS), and the Vision Leads Foundation.

Please note, the courses are open to all Optometry’s Meeting® attendees and you are not required to be a member of the society.

If you are looking for a fresh new concept on rapid-fire CE, then do not miss a course in the Pardon the Objection (PTO) series!

The courses will be comprised of fast-paced discussion and lively debate by a panel of respected experts.

Wait…there is a twist.

Attendees will see a rundown of all topics and the amount of time left in the each discussion on the screen.

At the end of each discussion, the panel wants to hear your opinion on the debate through audience responses via text messaging.

With which of the panelists will you agree?

The five topics in the series include: anterior segment, contact lenses, glaucoma, new technology, and practice management.

The paraoptometric program consists of three new tracks of education that will not disappoint!

The three tracks will cover assistant/technician, optical/contact lens, and practice management education.

All of the courses are designed to keep the optometric staff educated on the latest developments in patient care, new products in the industry, general knowledge of eye health, and career advancement.

The interactive student program is guaranteed to benefit the future of optometry.

The education program includes courses that will give students valuable information about the transition from student to doctor; tips to achieve professional success; the importance of getting and staying involved in the profession; unique and complicated patient cases; and creating a niche in an optometry practice.

Past student evaluations indicated a need for interactive and engaging courses and this year we are delivering. All of the student courses will encourage participation through smartphone technology!

We see 3-D everywhere. Are you educated? The innovative 3-D education symposiums will give you the necessary information and tools to help ensure your practice captures both the public health benefits of 3-D and capitalizes on the potential for new patients.

The symposiums on Thursday and Friday will discuss the visual challenges of 3-D technology and 3-D vision syndrome and how you can transform patients into better 3-D consumers.

These courses will set the stage for the free Saturday symposium that will cover the overall 3-D experience. This is your chance to hear from the pioneers of 3-D in optometry and participate in demonstrations of this technology.

Come join us at the 115th Annual AOA Congress & 42nd Annual American Optometric Student Association Conference: Optometry’s Meeting®.

Visit www.optometrysmeeting.org for complete information and to register today!

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