task of selecting your classes for the OPS Annual Educational Program
can be daunting. Between workshops and lectures, there are as many as 6
courses to chose from at the same time! I imagine everyone has a
different method for picking their courses. In the hopes that this
could help others selecting their classes, I thought I'd share my
technique. I think that this will work for someone attending their
first program or someone attending their 30th program.
Step 1. Set Goals
Before I even look at the
program, I list my three educational goals (you might have more or
less). Perhaps my office just got a new imaging technology and my
supervisor would like me to become the expert on it. Maybe my clinic is
getting involved in national clinical trials and I'd like to impress
the study coordinator with my knowledge. Lastly, maybe there's a topic
I'd like to brush up on so I add that to my list. For the sake of the
example day in this blog, my goals are to learn about Spectral Domain
OCT and increased my knowledge on Fluorescein Angiography,
Step 2. Find Your Documents
Conference-At-A-Glance and the Program Guide. OPS members should
receive these in the mail. You can also download them on the OPS
Step 3. Highlight YOUR Courses
If you are
speaking, on a panel, coordinating a workshop, instructing in a
workshop, or room monitoring a course, you have committed to helping out
with a course. I start by highlighting these courses so I don't waste
my time considering the courses next to them. In the example, I used
blue for this.
Step 4. Eliminate Classes and Workshops
referencing the Program Guide, I go through every course on the
Conference-At-A-Glance and eliminate classes. I eliminate classes by
putting a big X of over the box. I start by eliminate the ones that
conflict with my highlighted courses and the ones I have taken
previously (and don't want to repeat). At this point, I also eliminate
courses that I have no interest in (like Time Domain OCT).
Step 5. Select Workshop(s)
As hands on
learning and demonstrations is very important when learning a new
technique, I like to start by selecting which workshops I want to take.
Remember to also select the workshop lecture as they are required to be
able to take the workshop. In the example, I used yellow for this.
Step 6. Select Classes
It's time to look at the classes that I haven't eliminated to see
which ones fit my goals the best. Of course, I also add a few classes
with speakers whose courses I have enjoyed previously and topics I find
interesting, but might not be included in my goals. In the example, I
used green for this.
Step 7. Registration
Once I have
identified the courses that I want to attend, it's time to register!
There's a bubble sheet that can be faxed or submitted on site for
registration OR you can register online (after you've logged in) at: https://opsweb.site-ym.com/events/already_registered.asp?id=166498
Give my class selection technique a try and let me
know what you think. If you have any other tips and tricks, please post
them in the comments.
Sarah Moyer joined UNC's staff
as the Director of Ophthalmic Imaging in 2006. Prior to working at UNC,
Sarah worked as an Ophthalmic Photographer at Columbia University in New
York City and earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical
Photographic Communications at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In
2007, Sarah was elected to the Board of Education for the Ophthalmic
Photographers' Society.In 2011, Sarah was appointed co-chair of the PDC.