Can’t-miss continuing education features new formats, renowned lecturers

Can’t-miss continuing education features new formats, renowned lecturers

Excerpted from page 28-29 of the June 2016 edition of AOA Focus.

Everyone learns differently, which is why Optometry's Meeting® veers from the cookie-cutter approach to continuing education (CE) with a diverse selection sure to satisfy any preference.

"Some of the biggest names in optometry will be lecturing within feet of the audience on real cutting-edge and relevant topics."

With expanded CE opportunities that start at 10:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, June 29, and continue through 4 p.m. ET Sunday, July 3—an additional half-day of premier courses—there's more than a little something for everyone, and every reason to arrive early and stay late for optometry's hallmark conference.

Marc Bloomenstein, O.D., Optometry's Meeting CE Committee chair, says each year the committee challenges themselves to provide high-caliber courses that are not only educational, but also exceptionally entertaining.

"Our goal is to provide clinicians with the best lecturers in a format that encourages interaction and rapid-fire discussions from the attendees," Dr. Bloomenstein says. "And this year, we've put together CE that's really delivered on that aim and is sure to be a hit."

More than 200 hours of CE are available with your all-inclusive registration fee, as well as the opportunity to log 30-plus hours of accredited education across five days.

Get a look at some of the highlights before you go.

CE highlights that doctors won't want to miss

  1. Not your typical lecture series.
    Want an innovative take on learning, or need your education with a bit of punch? Look no further than the nontraditional approach to CE with the "Pardon the Objection" and "OD Crossfire" series—bound to keep attendees engaged, entertained and informed—and the all-new "Expert Perspectives in the Fast Lane" and "Education in the Round" tracks.

    Modeled after the popular CNN show of the similar name, the "OD Crossfire" series uses an open format to debate and challenge current treatment and diagnostic views with four different course discussions on glaucoma, clinical care, retina and anterior segment.

    • Discussion: Glaucoma (Course #1070)
      When: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, June 30
    • Discussion: Elevating Your Game in Clinical Care (Course #1105)
      When: 3-4 p.m., Thursday, June 30
    • Discussion: Retina (Course #2020)
      When: 9-11 a.m., Friday, July 1
    • Discussion: Anterior Segment (Course #2080)
      When: 2-4 p.m., Friday, July 1

    If fast-paced CE is more your speed, then consider maximizing your education schedule with the "Pardon the Objection" series. These lively discussions feature a panel of respected optometric experts racing the clock to debate topics including anterior segment, retina and glaucoma. Panelists have 10 minutes to make their point before it's off to the next category, and the clock starts again—perfect for attendees who can't palate long lectures.

    • Discussion: Anterior Segment (Course #1010)
      When: 9-11 a.m., Thursday, June 30
    • Discussion: Retina (Course #3075)
      When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, July 2
    • Discussion: Glaucoma (Course #3115)
      When: 3-5 p.m., Saturday, July 2

    Want even more fast-paced education? The "Expert Perspectives in the Fast Lane" track keeps the conversation moving at a clip with courses in leading optometric topics, including contact lenses, advanced procedures and retina.

    These courses feature three speakers, each on a 15-minute clock, presenting on cutting-edge topics related to the field. Courses range from 1-3 hours.

    • Discussion: Contact Lenses (Course #1005)
      When: 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 30
    • Discussion: Lasers and Advanced Optometric Procedures (Course #1065)
      When: 1-3 p.m., Thursday, June 30
    • Discussion: Retina (Course #2005)
      When: 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, July 1

    "Education in the Round" is another exciting, new series that puts the speaker and attendees at the center of education. Lecturers present from the middle of the audience in a quick, interactive and open learning format with large, flat-screen TVs arranged around the perimeter.

    Refer to the education grid for times and locations of the 16-course "Education in the Round" series, Thursday through Saturday.

  2. Pharmacology pearls from the pros.
    Ron Melton, O.D., and Randall Thomas, O.D., two of the industry's most respected lecturers with more than 800 CE meetings under their belts, open Optometry's Meeting, Wednesday, June 29, with three consecutive courses on pharmacology in the optometric practice. Doctors can log four hours of CE before Optometry's Meeting officially kicks off.

    • Discussion: Treatment Options for Ocular Infection (Course #0100)
      When: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29
    • Discussion: Treatment Options for Ocular Inflammation (Course #0105)
      When: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29
    • Discussion: Current Trends in Medical Management (Course #0110)
      When: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29
  3. Cutting-edge clinical research.
    AOA's 2016 Poster Session gives doctors direct access to leading optometric research with an accompanying CE course that translates those studies into takeaways germane to your practice.

    Selected by the AOA Abstract Review Committee, the top five posters will be offered a 15-to-20-minute presentation, concluding with a rapid-fire question-and-answer session. This year's 86 peer-reviewed scientific posters cover ophthalmic topics ranging from contact lenses to ocular disease, and more.

    Additionally, candidates for fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry may now submit posters and papers as part of their written requirements—including those for the Optometry's Meeting Clinical and Scientific Poster Session. Click here to learn more.

    • Discussion: Current Research You Should Incorporate Into Your Mode of Practice Now (Course #3020)
      When: 8-10 a.m., Saturday, July 2

    "Some of the biggest names in optometry will be lecturing within feet of the audience on real cutting-edge and relevant topics," Dr. Bloomenstein says. "That's not to mention the workshop tracks, OD Talks, specialty tracks and more offered this year."

Click here to find a day-by-day breakdown of this year's CE and the specialty-focused education tracks to help plan your Optometry's Meeting experience accordingly.

June 13, 2016

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