The weather gods smiled upon us and graced us with
spectacularly sunny days for the recent San Francisco Mid-Year Educational Program!
Crystalline blue skies coupled with the annual Cherry Blossom Event right
outside the door of the Hotel Kabuki provided stiff competition for our students’
attention. Fortunately, there were no windows in the Imperial Ballroom to
distract us and the educational content was thoroughly engaging.
As I looked across the packed room of both seasoned and novice
attendees, I was impressed with the diversity of our students both in skill
level and geographic backgrounds. People came from across the USA and
even Finland to listen to the presentations. Likewise, our faculty hailed
from as far away as the East Coast, the Rocky Mountains and even the Middle
East! The OPS is fortunate to have the "street
cred” to attract such talent- both on the presentation and the organization
sides of the house.
As General Chairman of this meeting I am simultaneously
relieved that the work is done, the glitches were minor (those two buses! Did
everyone eat fast enough to get on one???) and yet another OPS produced Mid-Year
meeting achieved its goals. With our Board of Education at the helm
and Education Chairman Debby Brown gaining just a FEW gray hairs as she shepherded
her flock of instructors to the finish line, a fine two days worth of
ophthalmic imaging continuing education credits came to fruition.
On behalf of the OPS, may I thank everyone for the
opportunity to yet again serve our members and for honoring me with this
responsibility. Following the meeting, I traveled down our beautiful California coast with my husband, Chris, and my good
friend Jim Gilman for a few days of R&R at Point Lobos. This
fine photograph taken by Jim will attest to the restorative powers of beauty-
both natural and man-made.
I look forward to seeing everyone at ICOP in Toronto next
-- Denice Barsness,
General Chair, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS
This year's OPS Mid-Year Program was held in
beautiful San Francisco. The Kabuki Hotel, as always, was a great host to an
amazing event for all who attended. With gorgeous San Francisco Bay weather throughout
the entire conference, the many lecturers presented on varying topics from
"Descriptive Interpretation of OCT" by Elizabeth Affel, to the always
fun and engaging "Ophthalmic Jeopardy" hosted by Timothy Bennett. As
it happened, during Sarah Moyer's presentation titled "Pathways to
Ophthalmic Imaging", a little furry friend joined the lecture in order to
learn how they themselves can further their careers in Ophthalmic Photography.
The lectures were fantastic! Every topic had thought provoking-points and some
interesting discussions were had. The general level of knowledge OPS members
and conference goers have was superb.
Merging the location and date of the OPS
Mid-Year meeting with ASCRS turned out to be a fantastic opportunity to engage
with a larger ophthalmic community. This merging of the conferences allowed
attendees to be able to view all the OPS Scientific Exhibit entries in the
exhibit on the floor of the Moscone Center!
The symposium had a full house with over 250 attendees. It was amazing too see how many physicians
attended the OPS/ASCRS Symposium!
This was my very first time attending an OPS
Mid-Year and I had a wonderful experience – my thirst for knowledge was only
Jorge Rodriguez, B.S., CRA, is an
ophthalmic photographer working with NIDEK as a Clinical Specialist. Mr.
Rodriguez has over 3 years of experience working in university-based academic
medical centers and has had experience in private practice as well. He is a
passionate graphic artist, lecturer and educator in the field of ophthalmology.
Areas of expertise include fluorescein angiography, indo-cyanine green
angiography, digital imaging, fundus autofluorescence and optical coherence
tomography. Mr. Rodriguez holds current certification as a Certified Retinal
Angiographer, is a former member of the NorCal OPS Chapter and his images have
been published in a recognized ophthalmic magazine. He has volunteered for
several OPS meetings and loves all things Ophthalmology.
(Photo Credit: Noelle Pensec)