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Posted By Matt Price, Friday, March 16, 2012
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012

I am a podcast junkie.

My iPhone exists almost solely as my podcast player. I log more time listening to podcasts than playing Angry Birds and Facebook combined. Whether I’m driving to and from the clinic, or doing dishes and folding laundry at home, I’m constantly plugged into audio programming that caters to my interests in music, games and comedy.

So last year, when I developed an interest in ophthalmology and photography, my first instinct sent me to the internet, thinking I could find at least a half-dozen podcasts about ophthalmic medicine, archives, lectures, or at least people in the industry sitting around and talking about their work.

What I found were three American Academy of Ophthalmologists panel discussions, each about twenty minutes long from 2008.


Pictured above: Dr. Alok Sahgal, UNC researcher, searching for podcasts about ophthalmology                               Photo credit: Rona Lyn Esquejo-Leon, CRA

I was disappointed to say the least. As a fledgling photographer, I craved interactions with my peers. I wanted to broaden my horizons, improve my technique, place my finger on the pulse of what was going on in the field outside my practice. To discover that I couldn’t use one of my favorite media outlets to do so was frustrating. I wondered what it would take to create a serial podcast about ophthalmic photography.

I attended the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society educational program in Orlando this past October. It was my first convention and I was excited to spend four days surrounded by my peers, learning more about my craft. Unfortunately, other than the handful of people from my clinic, I didn’t know anyone there. I was surrounded by long-time OPS members that had known each other for years, and it was intimidating to meet new people. During my full schedule of lectures and classes I kept seeing familiar faces and hearing familiar names. Not wanting to remain a fly on the wall, I took my idea to some of them.

Enthusiasm came rushing forward. It was followed immediately by more ideas about expanding the online reach of the OPS. Before long, I realized that a podcast would just be the tip of the iceberg. Internet forums where photographers can discuss techniques; a Facebook presence for uniting the OPS in the world’s most popular social network; a Twitter feed for up-to-the-minute communication; photos and portfolios available to see on Flickr; all of these were bandied about with the goal to make it easier for photographers to interact and communicate with each other. We could become an organization united under one large umbrella, tied together by the bonds of social media. If members of the OPS were able to interact regularly via the channels mentioned above, the days of showing up to the annual OPS convention not knowing anyone would essentially be over, and the fly-on-the-wall syndrome I experienced would be averted for any OPS newbies.

The Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society is a group of people who are passionate about what they do, and like any group of like-minded people, we want to share our passion with our peers. With the internet, it is easier than ever before. During the few weeks it took me to write this, the OPS has started a Facebook page, forums and launched a blog. All of these new social media features can be accessed from the left menu bar. The OPS’ foray into social media is the start of something big. As for an official OPS podcast, click the "Comment on this Post” at the bottom to let me know if you think it’s a good idea.

                                                                                                                                

About the Author: Matt Price is a retinal angiographer at Mid Florida Eye Center in Mt. Dora, Florida. He has been taking ophthalmic photos since 2010.

Pictured to the left is author, Matt Price, with his iPod.

Tags:  Facebook  iPhone  iPod  Podcast  Social Media  Twitter 

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Malinda L. Williams, COMT, CRA, OCT~c says...
Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Matt - Welcome aboard!!! I have been in the field of Ophthalmology for over 20 years and have LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! You will not hear my name around the room either. I HAVE found however that this Society is VERY welcoming and willing to reach out to others OFTEN. I am a technician by trade and just recently received my COMT in January 2012. When studying for my CRA I would have LOVE Podcasts. I love this field and have found GREAT joy in talking, teaching and sharing with others who too are interesting in this work. So, YES..... I LOVE YOU IDEA!!!
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Laura B. Trebesh CRA says...
Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Matt, I felt the same way as you going for the first time! It's terrifying! (At least for me it was...) Way to get out there!!! Any good podcasts that you can suggest?
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Tom Reeves CRA COT says...
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012
Nice post Matt! My favorite podcast of all time is called Stuff You Should Know. Although an OPS podcast would be much more specialized, I'd support it! Interesting guests from around the world could be featured sharing ideas and new techniques. Some topic ideas to spark interest: Accommodation vs. The Reticle; Ophthalmic Imagers on Medical Missions; Recap of the Annual/Mid-Year Meeting; etc.
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Alexis Cullen CDOS CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012
Ophthalmic Imagers on Medical Missions would be amazing to listen to . . .nice idea Tom!
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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tom, good ideas for podcast topics or maybe even a blog entry. Have you ever considered writing a blog? ;-)
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Tom Reeves CRA COT says...
Posted Thursday, March 22, 2012
Stay tuned, Mr. Bennett... :)
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Nicholas B. Leonard CRA says...
Posted Friday, March 30, 2012
I think this would be a great idea. I have only been in the field a little over a year but have loved every minute of it. I will be attending my first OPS gathering coming up on a couple months and I am looking forward to it very much. I have learned a ton so far but I think a podcast would be a great teaching tool for people just joining this amazing field.
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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, March 30, 2012
Nicholas,

It sounds like you'll be at the Chapel Hill program? If so, you picked a winner. I'll be there, so make sure to look me up and introduce yourself. Welcome to the OPS!
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Anton C. Drew says...
Posted Monday, April 02, 2012
Nicholas,

This is an idea I have had in the back of my mind for a few years, about creating a Podcast.

My 3 reasons for not pursuing it are lack of time, lack of knowledge about how to create the actual Podcast, and then the bane of most people THE DREADED ROUND TUIT. ;o))
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David J. Cimino CRA COA says...
Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Why can't previously recorded OPS Academy lectures be released periodically as an official OPS podcast?
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Sarah Moyer CRA, OCT-C says...
Posted Thursday, April 05, 2012
David- The OPS has not recorded many lectures as recording requires the speaker to follow stricter copyright rules than just for presentation. We need the speaker to give us permission to do this and confirm that they have followed these stricter copyright rules so that limits what is available to us. The lectures we have recorded will be presented on ActionEd. We should have a few of them available within the next few months. This will display the slide with the voice of the speaker. After talking to Matt about this blog, I have thought the same thing about using the audio from lectures as podcasts, but when I think back to lectures I've seen so many of them depend on images that the podcast would be confusing as just audio. We would need to create some original content for a podcast. - Sarah
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Kirsten G. Locke CRA. OCT-C. RN. FOPS says...
Posted Saturday, April 07, 2012
Having been involved with converting the audio recordings to attach then to the PowerPoint slides, I can confirm that having just the voice without the images would not work. Even with both in front of me, it is sometime hard to know which comments belongs with which slide if I was not present at the original lecture. Our profession is just too image dependent to rely on audio only.

Kirsten
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