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Clinical Trial Imaging Certification Program

Dear OPS Member,

As you are probably aware, EyeKor, Inc. announced during the AAO conference that they will collaborate with the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society (OPS) to develop a Clinical Trial Imaging Certification Program for OPS members who are Certified Retinal Angiographers or Certified Optical Coherence Tomographers.  This program aims to accelerate the startup process of pharmaceutical-sponsored ophthalmic clinical trials within the EXCELSIOR platform, as well as provides ongoing support for those trials in terms of the necessary imaging certification requirements.

Benefits to You

As a Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA) or a Certified Optical Tomographer (OCT-C), you have demonstrated to your peers and employers that you have attained a high level of skill and expertise in these technologies.  With this additional clinical trial imaging certification, you have demonstrated that you can provide the high level of image quality that is demanded for clinical trial participation.  Obtaining this certification may not automatically qualify you for all procedures on a specific study, but will provide a documented baseline of your imaging capabilities and may reduce the number of images needed to obtain certification for a specific study.  This clinical trial imaging certification can be transferred with your user account should you choose to seek other professional positions within the ophthalmic community.   

Certification Costs

This additional certification is voluntary and no additional costs are payable by the applicant.  There is no requirement by the OPS for participation in this additional certification program. 

How to Become Clinical Trial Certified

Applicants wishing to become clinical trial certified by EyeKor should submit image portfolios corresponding to the desired modality certification type (CRA or OCT-C) to EyeKor (the portfolio that was submitted to the OPS for their OPS certification may be used for this purpose).  Image portfolios must be submitted using the EyeKor EXCELSIOR platform.  EyeKor will provide the applicant access to the clinical trial imaging certification submission portal within EXCELSIOR upon request.  For requests to access EXCELSIOR, contact  support@eyekor.com .Upon approval, applicants will be notified by EyeKor of their Certification status within the EyeKor EXCELSIOR platform.

UPCOMING CRA PERFORMANCE EXAMS IN 2017:

Thursday, November 9, 2017         New Orleans, LA     InterContinental Hotel Time TBA

The Board of Certification has eliminated the CRA performance exam starting in 2018. For more information about this change, please read the full article below.

For those interested in the September exam in Miami, there are hotels in the area that offer a discounted rate for those attending UM-affiliated programs. Please contact Eric Kegley for details.

Please feel free to contact Eric Kegley or Tim Steffens with any questions: cra.chair@gmail.com, CRA@opsweb.org or BOC@opsweb.org

 

New CEC Application Process

 

The OPS Board of Certification (BOC) would like to inform you of a change in requesting OPS Continuing Education Credits (CECs) through the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personal in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). 

 

As of May 1st, 2017 JCAHPO will not be a clearing house for OPS CECs. You will need to apply for OPS CECs directly to the OPS. You do not need to fill out a separate OPS CEC application. We will accept you JCAHPO application. Here are the instructions on how to apply for OPS CECs

 

 1.       Send your CEC application (OPS or JCAHPO) to cec@opsweb.orgops@opsweb.org or fax it to 417-724-8450.

 2.       Payment can be made at in the OPS Store at HERE or by mailing a check to:

 

 Ophthalmic Photographers' Society, Inc.

 1887 W Ranch Road

 Nixa, MO 65714

 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. The BOC is working with JCAHPO to once again streamline this process. 

 

Thanks,

Tim Steffens, CRA, OCT-C, FOPS

Chair, OPS Board of Certification

 

BOC Eliminates the Performance Exam starting in 2018

 

The OPS Board of Certification (BOC) in partnership with Schroeder Measurement Technology (SMT) completed a CRA Focus Group Task in January 2017 to look into the elimination of the CRA Performance Exam. The primary goal of this focus group was to establish task/knowledge element exclusion criteria to differentiate between the critical and non-critical tasks of the CRA Performance Exam. The Committee then reviewed every knowledge, skill and task on the Performance exam outline to assess whether or not it could be tested on the Multiple Choice Examination (MCQ), the Portfolio, or both. The BOC and SMT recommended that the Performance assessment be discontinued. Content area weighting on the MCQ was adjusted to reflect this change, and the requirements for the portfolio submission were augmented to ensure that all tasks that were previously on the Performance Examination were also covered in the portfolio requirements.

What this means for you – The BOC will be adding images to the portfolio requirement and adding 25 questions to the MCQ. If you are in the process of obtaining the CRA certification, we wanted to give you your options on how to continue.

1)     Finish all requirements by the end of the year.  We will be adding additional Performance testing sites to accommodate as many candidates as we can.  If you have taken either the written or the performance portion of the exam, you will need to take the remaining portion of test this year or restart the program again in 2018 to meet all of the new requirements.

2)     If you have only submitted your portfolio you can wait till 2018 and submit the additional images and take the new test or finish all testing requirements this year.

If you have paid testing fees, you do not need to pay an additional fee if you wait.

Please feel free to contact Eric Kegley or Tim Steffens with any questions: cra.chair@gmail.com, CRA@opsweb.org or BOC@opsweb.org

 

2017 Recertification Reminder

Certified Retinal Angiographers and Optical Coherence Tomographers-Certified who were certified in 2014, or prior certificants who last recertified in 2014, this is the third and final year that your certification remains valid.  A completed Application for Recertification, all supporting documentation, and payment of the recert fees must be completed before the deadline 12/31/2017.

If you are up for recertification in 2017, please take the time now to:


-Review C.E.C. requirements

-Review OPS membership status

-Check that the OPS/BOC has your current contact information 


If you are up for CRA recertification in 2017, NOW is the time to:

Sign up for an American Red Cross or American Heart Association CPR course.

Links to CPR Classes near you:

www.americanheart.org

www.redcross.org

Forms and Instructions

Find Recertification Forms and Instructions on the Recertification Section of this website.


Additional questions? Please contact the Recertification Chair:

 recert@opsweb.org

 


 

Testing at Test Centers NOW AVAILABLE

The CRA Written and the OCT-C Examinations are available to be taken by eligible candidates at approved test centers both within the United States and Internationally.  Please contact boc@opsweb.org for details.

Listing of available test centers:

http://www.isoqualitytesting.com/mlocations.aspx

Please do not contact the test centers directly but work with cra@opsweb.org to schedule the CRA examination or oct@opsweb.org  to schedule the OCT-C exam.

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