With all of our speakers in place and lectures ready to begin on November 13th - 16th 2015, OPS members arrived in Las
Vegas, and attended the 46th Annual Education Program of the OPS, enjoying an exciting program of Ophthalmic Imaging courses at The Flamingo Hotel and Casino.
With our new schedule, new timelines, and new fee format, 250 attendees listened and learned about all aspects of digital imaging in ophthalmology from a selected group of Physicians and Lecturers from around the globe that I had the pleasure of hand selecting.
Enjoying many redesigned lecture and workshop formats, we provided 74 different concentrations of course material, including 14 new lectures designed by speakers from throughout the U.S, Europe, Israel, and Puerto Rico.
The newest announcement from Zeiss with the nation's first FDA approved OCTA, The AngioPlex, kept a great buzz from within the entire OPS/AAO arena. Be on the look out for additional vendors announcing their OCTA products being FDA cleared in the coming year.
New this year was the OPS’s first ever All Day Bscan lecture and workshop series moderated by Cynthia VandenHoven of the BOE. This new program was enjoyed by 42 attendees, and was supported by the country’s top lecturers, and 7 B-Scan devices provided by five separate companies. This was a massive undertaking and was expertly delivered over a 7 hour course outline. I anticipate this program will be offered many more times in the future and I welcome your attendance.
Other new programs included a comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology section, two new Tumor Imaging courses, and another first, ‘The Best of the Best’, where imaging experts discussed their approach and tactics to imaging their best images, from prior Awards and Honors.
The All Day - Ophthalmic Imaging Crash Course, moderated by Sarah Moyer of the BOE – delivered a comprehensive introduction to Ophthalmic Imaging, with a banner of outstanding lecturers and workshop instructors. Reports are circulating that the amount of new OPS attendees for this 3rd generation course offering was at an all-time high, with a maximum enrollment of 22 attendees. It is the perfect blend of education by experienced OPS Ophthalmic Imagers, and, exposure to the most modern imaging devices available today.
Our vendor supporters took part in the 3rd Annual Vendors Forum which occurred on both Saturday and Sunday of our four day conference. Here our OPS attendees could eat and mingle with vendors to address all their questions regarding the latest Camera, OCT or Ultrasound device, without having to go to the AAO, or the Sands Exhibition Floor.
However, many OPS attendees made their way to the Sands Exhibition Hall for the AAO displays and noticed the new Digital Stereo Format at the OPS Scientific Exhibit where the winning photos were displayed. Over 550 + entries were judged by our Scientific Exhibition Committee, and expertly displayed for all of the AAO attendees to enjoy and reflect upon. The two winners of Best In Division were awarded by Allison Schmidt, Scientific Exhibit Committee Chair: they are Mr. Timothy Steffens, and Mr. Ryan Terribilini. We congratulate them both!
Our 11th Annual J. Donald Gass Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Jay Duker, Professor and Chair of New England Medical Center / Tufts Medical School, Department of Ophthalmology, delivered a banner lecture entitled “OCT-Past Present and Future”. We enjoyed a dynamic and historical presentation of Optical Coherence Tomography, theories and facts about its development and its exciting future for assisting in the deeper imaging necessary for understanding adequate drug responses of the retina when in a diseased state. The audience engaged him repeatedly about imaging and it’s future in ophthalmology. I know each attendee had thoroughly enjoyed their lecture by Dr. Duker and we thank him for his contribution to our society of ophthalmic imagers.
Sixteen individuals took the CRA practical exam in Las Vegas. Eric Kegley, of the BOC recruited over 20 examiners for this six hour undertaking. In the next few weeks, I think we can be looking forward to welcoming in new CRA’s into the global picture.
In closing, I wanted to extend a special thank you to the substitute speakers for our program. Without their efforts we would not have had a complete and didactic program.
We had many past BOE members contribute their time to our cause including Hoang Nguyen, Michael Kelly, and Tamera Schoenholz- and we certainly appreciated their efforts.
I wish to give special thanks to all the current BOE members, BOC members, and the support of the BOD for helping provide an enriching program, now and in the future.
The 46th Annual Program of the OPS created many long-lasting friendships and new memories for all those involved. We of the Board of Education, wish to thank you for your participation, and your input in helping shape our OPS educational programs for the future.
With Many Thanks,
James B Soque, CRA, COA
Vice Chair – Board of Education, The OPS
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