Near the end of the cold month of January 2013, the OPS Board of
Education (BOE) met in San Francisco to finalize the details of the OPS
Mid-Year Program coming up this April.
It will be held at the beautiful Hotel Kabuki, in the heart of Japantown. Google
Maps puts it here: http://googl/maps/PWMJo
To begin with, our Board Meeting was held in the headquarters of
the Pacific Vision Foundation, on Van Ness Ave, as we were hosted by Denice
Barsness, General Chair for the 2013 OPS Mid-Year Meeting.
We began on Friday
at 8:00am and for the next two days we wrapped up our 2012 programs, handled
the details of the Mid-Year 2013, and even started planning our next three
years of programs. Believe it or not, we
are all still talking to one another, and that is a good thing!
Friday at 11:45 am, as part of our meeting planning duties, we
took a stroll over to Hotel Kabuki at 1625 Post Street, San
Francisco, just 0.6 miles around the corner, to check out the hotel and to
meet with the banquet manager. The Hotel Kabuki is the largest structure in the
area and it has all the amenities necessary to make our complex and stimulating
Mid-Year Program a great success! Our educational program and exhibit,
featuring over 16 equipment manufactures and pharmaceutical companies, will both
be located on the lower floor, and a CRA Practical Examination will be
conducted on the Thursday prior to the program.
The assortment of 50+ shops in Japantown's Peace Pagoda that is adjacent
to the Kabuki will be as much an attraction as the celebration of the 'Cherry
Blossom Festival' taking place just one block to the north of our venue.
A highlight of this Mid-Year program is our collaboration with
ASCRS. On Saturday afternoon, attendees
will be shuttled over to the Moscone center.
Your OPS badge will get you into ASCRS vendor exhibit space. You’ll even be able to see the winning
photographs displayed at the OPS exhibit.
From 3-5pm, attendees will be able to attend the ASCRS/OPS
Symposium. If you are staying in town on
Sunday, your OPS badge will still grant you access to the exhibit space so you
can search for your next big equipment purchase. This is going to be an amazing collaboration!
Mark down April 19th
and 20th into your 2013
calendar and take a look at the flights into SFO and nearby OAK
(Oakland) airports; as one might expect, with the BART railway available to
whisk you around, it is very easy to get from place to place in the San
Francisco Bay Area!
Here are some of my photographs taken during from our BOE Meeting,
showing some of the local surroundings including Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz
Island, Japantown, local restaurants, beautiful scenery, gardens, and of
course, the Hotel Kabuki itself.
Hope to see you in San Francisco!
Mid-Year Program Main Page
Downloadable Program and mail in registration
Jim Soque's career in ophthalmology began in Boston in
1983, as a research assistant and ophthalmic assistant with Dr Delia N.
Sang. His background in retina includes
research in retinoblastoma tumors, and ROP disease at both, The Mass. Eye and
Ear Infirmary and The Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston. In 1997 he joined Dr. Pamela A. Weber, in
Shirley, NY. He is a COA, CRA, and, an
assistant in vitreo-retinal surgery. He
lectures for the OPS, and conducts SD-OCT workshops. He serves as a member of the OPS Board Of
Education, since 2010.