So, have you ever been to a Mid-Year Program? I haven’t, and I’ve been a member of the OPS and a CRA since 2006! Even before I had joined the OPS I often attended the OPS Annual Meeting to get my JCAHPO credits since most of what I did in the office was photography related.
Well…. this year that is going to change. I currently serve on the OPS Board of Certification (BOC) as the CRA section chair, and as such will be in Ann Arbor for the CRA performance exam which is to be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2015. I thought this would be a great time to attend a Mid-Year Program as well. The program looks great!
And speaking of the CRA performance exam, do you plan on taking the exam in Ann Arbor? Did you know about that opportunity? This will be the second time as the Chair of the CRA section that I will be organizing the CRA performance exam. I am even more excited to be there this time.
I remember taking the performance exam in San Francisco in 2006 when it was offered immediately before the ICOP meeting. I also remember how nervous I was. Even though I had already been imaging patients for 14 years, it was still a little strange to be having to perform those tasks in front of another imager, especially Jonathan Shankle, of all people.
But in all seriousness, this summer would be a great time to visit beautiful Ann Arbor and achieve part of the requirements for certification as a CRA (don’t forget about the written test!). Tim Steffens, the Chair of the BOC, will be hosting the meeting and the exam at Kellogg Eye Center. Achieving my certification was a goal that I had set for myself when I first started imaging all the way back in 1993 and it gave me great personal and professional satisfaction to attain it. I believe that most CRAs feel the same.
If you are planning on coming to Ann Arbor for the exam, make sure you have all the requirements met by the end of April. (http://www.opsweb.org/?page=CRAOCTrequirements)
The deadline for applying for the performance exam is six weeks prior to the date of the exam, May 15th 2015.
More information about registering for the performance exam in Ann Arbor can be found at: http://www.opsweb.org/?page=takeatest
If you have any questions, feel free to email CRA.firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope to see you there and best of luck!