3 reasons why optometry practices can't miss the education and training of AOA Virtual Learning Livecast

AOA’s virtual CE, professional development a value for entire practice

Clock out, sit down and log on-that's all it takes for your entire practice to gain accredited access to the AOA's reimagined, contemporary optometric education and professional development experience.

The AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast, June 24-27, is a real-time, interactive continuing education (CE) and professional development online event offering more than 60 live courses specifically for doctors of optometry, paraoptometric professionals and optometry students. Offering both COPE-approved CE for doctors and students, and CPC-approved (some ABO/NCLE-approved) courses for paraoptometric staff, this first-of-its-kind AOA event grants doctors 53 hours of education, 19 paraoptometric hours and 12 hours of integrated, doctor-paraoptometric education.  

"This AOA livecast will be a unique opportunity to receive quality education differently than most doctors and staff have done before," says Ron L. Benner, O.D., AOA trustee and liaison to the AOA Education Center. "Although we are separated this year, the livecast will bring us all together as one optometric community."  

The reimagined education experience is one born of necessity as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Optometry's Meeting® and many other CE opportunities nationwide. Now, as doctors of optometry and certified paraoptometrics need to fulfill CE requirements, the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast offers one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to educate the entire practice.  

"While we'll miss the camaraderie and face-to-face interactions found at the typical, in-person meeting, the AOA Education Center Committee is excited to offer this first-ever virtual learning event instead," says George Veliky, O.D., AOA Education Center Committee chair.  

Below are three reasons why optometry practices can't miss the education and training opportunities offered by the AOA's 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast. So, register now.

  1. CE, professional development you need. The AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast offers a hand-picked catalog of high-quality, industry-leading education, all for one low registration fee. Not only will AOA members receive half off registration-and AOA associate members gain complimentary access-but also all courses are offered at times that make sense for optometry practices' busy schedules.

    "Recognizing the financial strains that this global pandemic have imposed on us all, the timing of the courses offered was also taken into careful consideration," Dr. Veliky says. "Not wanting to take away from the hours within which most of us typically see patients, the Virtual Learning Livecast will begin their live courses in the late afternoon or early evening depending on your time zone."

    Education topics range from clinical and practice management skills to emerging areas of optometric care, such as advanced surgical procedures, artificial intelligence and tele-optometry. Also, consider attending the virtual ePoster session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, Thursday, June 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT, Friday, June 26. Look for registration information soon.

  2. Integrated education promotes practice efficiencies. The AOA recognizes how integral paraoptometric staff are to the day-to-day operations of optometry practices, which is why in addition to paraoptometric-specific courses offered, the catalog of education also includes 12 hours of integrated, doctor-staff courses. Encouraging participation by both doctors of optometry and paraoptometrics, these integrated educational courses span several clinical, diagnostic and practice management topics, including billing and coding, infection control, customer service, artificial intelligence and more.

    Terri A. Gossard, O.D., AOA trustee and liaison to the AOA Paraoptometric Resource Center, emphasizes that the contemporary optometric practice requires a level of coordination and efficiency between doctors and paraoptometric staff that is bolstered through joint educational opportunities.

    "Integrated educational courses help your office collectively get on the same page, introducing key optometric and practice-management concepts to paraoptometric staff that ensure consistent, quality patient care from the minute our patients walk through the door," Dr. Gossard says.
    Adds Dr. Benner: "The integrated, doctor-staff courses will highlight new directions the AOA Education Center will be developing to assist in practical and directly applicable clinical education."

    Take this opportunity to attend the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast as a team: Ensure your paraoptometric staff are enrolled as AOA associate members and those staff can gain complimentary access to the paraoptometric or integrated education.

    Have certified paraoptometric staff? They can earn up to 24 hours of CPC credits; some courses have ABO/NCLE approval, too.

  3. Bolster the 'medical' side of your optometry practice. Comprehensive eye examinations can discover the ocular manifestations of 276 systemic diseases, positioning doctors of optometry as a critical entry point into the health care system for many Americans. That's why the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast offers numerous courses specific to developing the 'medical' side of optometric care.

    Attend the Systemic Disease Track for nine courses devoted to the ocular manifestations and clinical considerations of systemic diseases, including life-threatening signs and symptoms, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, hypertension and more, or find coursework to develop your practice's advanced surgical skills and techniques.

    As AOA and state affiliates work tirelessly to expand optometric scope of practice laws to permit advanced surgical procedures-already five states permit these kinds of procedures-patients will ultimately benefit from the increased access, contemporary education and training, and devotion to quality care that doctors of optometry provide. And, ongoing professional development and CE will be a critical component as the profession moves forward.  

Registration open  

Doctors of optometry, staff and students can now register for the AOA 2020 Virtual Learning Livecast, June 24-27. One low, inclusive fee for AOA-member doctors-and no cost for AOA-member paraoptometric staff or AOSA-member optometry students-grants doctors the ability to earn up to 25 hours of COPE credits and staff the ability to earn up to 24 hours of CPC credits in just four days.  

Spaces are limited so register now to attend this virtual event. For additional information and updates about this virtual learning opportunity, visit aoa.org/virtuallearninglivecast. Direct email questions to the AOA Education Center.

June 11, 2020

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