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Ophthalmic Jeopardy!

Posted By Tim Bennett, Monday, April 3, 2017
Updated: Friday, May 12, 2017

In what’s become a bit of a tradition at OPS Mid-Year Educational Programs, I been invited to present Ophthalmic Jeopardy again in 2017. The mid-year is a great environment for this presentation, as the attendees are all together in the same lecture hall for the entire program. In short, I have a captive audience!

If you’ve never seen it, Jeopardy is an irreverent but truly educational event, loaded with audio clips, videos, and spectacular clinical images. Although it’s been presented several times at OPS meetings, it’s just a little different each time. I try to customize the content for each specific meeting and location, often pulling inspiration from topics that will be covered by other presenters earlier in the educational program. At every OPS lecture I attend, I often take notes looking for new categories and questions. I also get some great material from other OPS members who forward ideas and images to me after seeing Jeopardy in action.

Looking over the great lineup of speakers and topics scheduled for Pittsburgh, I’ve been able to choose some cool categories and begin writing questions. New or recent categories will include: Creepy Crawlies, Oma Gosh, and The ‘Burgh. Of course I’ll include some of the classics such as: Animal Kingdom, Celestial Bodies, Ex Girlfriends, Video Acuity, and OCT Rorschach Test.

Hopefully I’ll see you in Pittsburgh. I’ll be channeling my inner Alex Trebek as host of Ophthalmic Jeopardy - although it’s probably closer to the Will Ferrell’s SNL impersonation of Trebek! Ophthalmic Jeopardy is a fun, informative, and challenging way to learn. If you do attend the meeting, be sure to pay attention to all the great speakers/lectures in the Mid-Year program lineup. I’ve been known to sneak in questions at the last minute and see if everyone has been paying attention!

For more on the origins and evolution of Ophthalmic Jeopardy, check out my personal blog at: http://eye-pix.com/what-is-edutainment/

Tags:  2017  blog  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Jeopardy  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  Pittsburgh  Special Events  Travel 

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International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography - Singapore March 3-5th 2017

Posted By Chris Barry, FOPS, Friday, October 28, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I first visited Singapore in 1975, a long time ago, and possibly before many of our potential delegates were born! Even then, Singapore was a dynamic bustling Asian port. Today, Singapore is an international metropolis and gateway to Asia.

 

Spectacular waterfront of modern Singapore

 

The Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC)  started operations in 1990. Today, the SNEC has almost 250,000 outpatient visits, 14,000 major eye surgeries and 13,000 laser procedures per year. The SNEC is a major centre in Asia for ophthalmic practice, research and teaching.

 



 

 

Dennis Orlock with Joseph Ho, Paul Chua
and Kasi Sandhanam at the Imaging
Department of the Singapore National
Eye Centre (circa 2008).

The Singapore National Eye Centre
officially opened 1990.


 

 

 

 

The entrance to SNEC (circa 1980).

 

The International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography has a long and distinguished heritage. Originally the idea came from Don Wong (one of our illustrious OPS founders) and in 1996 the first ICOP took place in Rome. Every four years since, there has been an ICOP. The year 2000 in Singapore, then Adelaide Australia, Oxford (UK), San Francisco (X2) and Toronto (X2).

What should we expect at ICOP?

Firstly, it is a totally different format with only one lecture timeline. Therefore we are all in the same room, share breaks and mingle continuously. The format is engineered for making friends, having fun and being exposed to different knowledgeable and experienced speakers from across the globe. It is often surprising how other photographers solve problems and find answers to those things that just drive you crazy! Plenty of time is left open to sample the delights that Singapore has to offer. There will be a photographic competition for delegates, see the details on the OPS website (opsweb.site-ym.com/page/PhotoContest). ICOP is a jointly organized conference by the OPS, British, Dutch and Australian ophthalmic photographers. It will be held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) which attracts high profile speakers worldwide including the latest in ophthalmic research.

Singapore 2000 was my first ICOP, what did it offer?

For a start, Singapore is a fabulous place, melding Asian/European and far Eastern cultures with a huge range of food, peoples and experiences: a true "melting pot” of  traditions from around the world tempered by an Asian/Oriental outlook.  It is easy to get around in Singapore, most people have English as a first language. There is an excellent transport system with English signage. Most good airlines go to Singapore and for the more adventurous Asia is only a short plane ride away (Ankor Wat is one hour away!). Power voltage is 220 (So you will need a transformer if you use 110V), the plugs are UK style three pin, so a converter is necessary. Singapore has a friendly and helpful population with an extremely low crime rate. It is a high energy and hectic lifestyle whilst you feel safe at all the local tourist spots.

ICOP remains a highlight of learning and interacting with like-minded ophthalmic photographers. Many of the people that I met at the previous Singapore have remained good friends and I look forward to seeing many of them again and to making new friends 16 years later.

Stay tuned for more information as we roll out this truly wonderful opportunity. There will be updates on Social Media, the OPS website and any other way we can send you details.

Singapore is safe, central to all of Asia, English speaking, westernized yet with the flavour of an exotic and exciting experience. Don’t miss out, start your planning now this could be the experience of a lifetime!

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ICOP- the tradition continues

Posted By Paula Morris, CRA, FOPS, Friday, June 17, 2016
Updated: Friday, June 17, 2016

Once upon a time there was a brilliant and talented group of ophthalmic photographers in the U.S. who were on a quest to improve their skills and build their fledgling profession.  A society had already been formed which was dedicated to furthering their field and educating ophthalmic photographers about new instruments, new techniques, and what the role ophthalmic photography would take in the practice of treating patients with eye disorders.

But this intrepid group understood that if wonderful new things were being developed and were happening in North America, even more could be learned from photographers across the globe! 

So they set out to establish a meeting that would bring together international practitioners in this new profession of ophthalmic photography to exchange ideas, learn alternatives, and expand their collective knowledge.  This dedicated team, which included OPS members Don Wong, Marlene Fishman, Larry Merin, Albert Aandekirk, and Sadao Kanagami, produced what was called the first International Meeting and Technical Workshop in Rome, in 1986. It was a tremendous success as a common meeting place for imagers from North America, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

And thus the international meeting that was soon to become known as the International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography, ICOP, was born.  It was decided that such a large undertaking was could not be accomplished often, so the tradition of holding ICOP meetings every four years was started.  And it was also determined that the meeting needed to move around the globe in order to give better access to photographers from different hemispheres.  The result has been a delightful collection of exciting meeting venues:

 

 

Singapore

 

 

Toronto

 

 

Edinburgh

 

Adelaide

 

San Francisco

 

Oxford

 

 

 

Toronto

 
     

                                                                 

And now, dear reader, ICOP consists of collaboration between four imaging societies:  the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society, the Ophthalmic Imaging Association of the UK, the Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustrators, and the Ooghelkundige Fotografie Nederland – Ophthalmic Photography Netherlands.  Each group brings their expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm for ophthalmic imaging and it has been a very successful partnership!  Yes!  Some venues have been visited twice, and happily, ICOP will return to Singapore next March, 2017!  The tradition continues!

The Singapore National Eye Centre has graciously agreed to host the next ICOP at their wonderful facility.  A three day meeting of lectures, scientific papers, exchange of ideas, and comradery with old and new friends and colleagues is planned – a wonderful educational experience in a beautiful setting.  What more could one want?  There is no better way to start globetrotting than to build your journey around an outstanding educational program!

OPS members have already received a "Save the Date” notice via email, and the ICOP website link is coming soon with information about the meeting schedule, the excellent venue, accommodation, registration, and the delightful city of Singapore!  Start planning now!

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