“Personal satisfaction is the most important ingredient in success”
I have been composing a course for the OPS annual program, and the process has led me to consider the things about my job that bring me satisfaction. I think it’s a good thing to stop and “check in” with yourself occasionally to consider how things are going, and look for the positives instead of always measuring by the negatives – which I am wont to do more often than not these days.
A common theme amongst ophthalmic imagers is how busy we are each day! There is hardly time to take appropriate bio breaks or keep up with all the data entry, study submission, and paper work that is an integral part of the job. One problem is that there are SO many things affecting work flow that are often out of our control: size of clinics, length of clinics, complicated patients, complicated patients bunched up into single clinics, having to travel to satellites – all things that can add to the stress and pressure of an already demanding job.
So when you have a chance to catch your breath during the day, where can you go, what can you to do relax a bit and enjoy the fruits of your labors? Something that is fun but work related that will be seen in a friendly light by management?
How about sitting back and admiring some of the amazing images you have been taking in the course of patient care! What about that fascinating fluorescein sodium angiogram you did this morning of ampiginous? Or the super cool OCT you did last week of vitreomacular traction? You should talk about them with your physicians (remind them of what a truly talented imager you are), but also share those images with your colleagues! You can think that an image is amazing, but it is always nice to hear someone else say it as well. Discussing images and patients with each other is a great way to expand knowledge about all aspects of serving ophthalmic patients.
To me, the recognition of a job well done is very satisfying. Outstanding imaging is what we do and being able to share those images outside of the database, and perhaps beyond the physician that ordered them, is a great way to gain recognition and feel good about your talents and abilities. And at the meeting in Chicago we will have the opportunity to learn just how to do that!
It has been SO gratifying that the American Society of Retina Specialists sought out the OPS and approached us with a unique collaboration a few years ago– soliciting outstanding images our members produce for submission to the ASRS Image Bank. There has been information about this opportunity on the OPS website, but now that link is active and you as an OPS member have access to their site and can learn more about the Image Bank project. And even easier, a representative of the Image Bank will be in the OPS meeting registration area on Friday to answer your questions about this unique program and how you might participate. One more cool thing to check out during our annual program.
Armed with a laptop and internet access, the Image Bank rep can tell you more about this opportunity and show you how to upload images. Why not stop by if you have a chance and see if this is a project you can participate in!
Check it out! See you in Chicago at the OPS annual program!