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Gearing up for 2013 Mid-Year Program!

Posted By Jim Soque, Friday, February 15, 2013
Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013


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

Mid-Year Update

Downloadable Program and mail in registration

Electronic 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.

Tags:  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Interactive  Mid-Year  PDC  Professional Development Committee  San Francisco  SF  Special Events  Travel 

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Timothy J. Bennett CRA OCT-C says...
Posted Friday, February 15, 2013
Nice blog &pics Jim!
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Kirsten G. Locke CRA. OCT-C. RN. FOPS says...
Posted Friday, February 15, 2013
I so wish I can be there. The access to the ACSRS is the draw for me. But, alas it will not be possible. I hope plenty will go in my stead.
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