Question: Where were you last October?
Well, many of us attended our Annual OPS Educational Program in
sunny Orlando, FL. For me personally, it was a
milestone. The reason being....this was the first time I volunteered to
give a lecture AND conduct a workshop. The experience was quite
rewarding, but it didn't come without challenges.
Hurdle #1 The subject: Stratus OCT - Time domain.
Photo Credit: ERM - Chuck Hamm
Now I know what you're thinking..."That's easy! Everyone
knows Stratus!” - Right? Well that's exactly my point! EVERYONE knows
Stratus. Got Stratus? Not only do we, "got Stratus", most
of us "got” Cirrus, Spectralis and other HD-OCT's too! So the challenge was to
try to make this topic interesting and fresh. My approach was simple: Don't
reinvent the wheel. Instead, explain the who, what, where, when and why of
OCT; the fundamental obligation of any good teacher, speaker or
lecturer. So, I applied it to myself.
Hurdle #2 (and by far the BIGGER challenge!)
It's rather intimidating to think about, so I chose not to; but
invariably in every classroom someone sitting there knows as much if not more
about the subject than I. Awkward! I am most grateful that in my class
room no one put me on the spot or asked the million dollar question that cost
more than 5 million to answer. Thank you! So, whether or not they knew more
than I did about my subject, I'll never know. (However, if any attendee would like to comment, I would love to hear your feedback!) In any case, I got over this
By remembering the old adage: If you want to perform in
Carnegie Hall you must practice, practice, practice! Even doing this
doesn't guarantee success as I quickly found out when my Power Point TM file for the
presentation had been corrupted! It was rendered completely
useless! Got stress? So, be resourceful. Always, and I emphasize
ALWAYS have a plan "B". My plan B was to have a hard copy of my
presentation available. Staples was kind enough to make me several copies
and graciously took my $100 dollar bill, and said; 'Yeah that was easy'.
All in all, was a pleasurable experience, one that I
will gladly do again thanks to the generous words of commendation and the
willing support of my fellow workshop instructors.
So, OPS-ers....Would you like to give a lecture, coordinate a workshop, or instruct at a workshop at the Annual Program in Chicago this coming November? You will be faced with some challenges, but I can guarantee the rewards will far outweigh the
challenges. If you are interested, please contact Dennis Thayer (the Education Chair) at Thayer@rc.ophth.wisc.edu. Also, please comment below if you have something to share about your experience as an OPS speaker, workshop coordinator, or workshop instructor.
Photo Credit: Healed CNV - LeRoy Judkins
CRA, OCT-C presently works for Danbury Eye Physicians and Surgeons, CT
largest multi-specialty practice. Also, recently invited to serve on the
OPS' Professional Development Committee. Enjoys traveling, drumming
and, of course, photography.