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Mid-Year Program: From the General Chair and a First Time Attendee!

Posted By Denice Barsness and Jorge Rodriguez, Friday, June 7, 2013
Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013

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 year!

-- 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 temporarily satisfied!


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)

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