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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:

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

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Sweet Home Chicago

Posted By Don Kuitula, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 

"Sweet Home Chicago” is a blues standard originally recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936 which has been popularized by many musicians including Junior Parker, Eric Clapton, Keb’ Mo’ and perhaps most famously, the Blues Brothers. The song has become an anthem of the city and its vibrant blues history.

Chicago Blues is a type of blues music dating back to the 1920’s and is identified by its usage of the electric guitar and amplified harmonica. The pioneers of this style were Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy. Many of these artists recorded their sound at the iconic Chess Records on Chicago’s south side, whose recordings became a heavy influence on bands such as The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

The blues scene is still alive and well in the city with many places open seven days a week. Here are a few clubs to look into if you are interested in catching an old veteran or some of the newer bands keeping the Chicago Blues flame burning.


Kingston Mines is the oldest continually operating blues club in the city and hosts two bands on two stages 365 days a year. It has been ranked Chicago’s best blues club by many and offers a full menu of southern cooking.     

Buddy Guy’s Legends has truly lived up to the Legends name by featuring many top acts including Gregg Allman, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan who stop in to play a set. Buddy Guy, himself, is a regular when he is in town and can often be seen sitting at the bar enjoying the bands that are playing. The menu specializes in Louisiana style Cajun and soul food and it is the only place where you can find Buddy’s own craft beer called "Buddy Brew”.     

Rosa’s Lounge is a no frills blues club offering the widest range of blues styles to appease music enthusiasts of all genres. It has been voted "Chicago’s Friendliest Blues Lounge” and has a low cover charge. The club is family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago after meeting Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells in Milan. He named the place after his mother who also came to the city to help run the business. The authentic Italian menu brings a bit of home to the bar for the family.

Blue Chicago is the closest venue to the Intercontinental and is known for showcasing female blues singers. They are open seven days a week and have a full bar but no food menu. The walls are beautifully decorated by the work of famed artist John Carrol-Doyle.     

B.L.U.E.S. is considered a blues dive bar with an intimate, if not cramped, feel. With cheap cover and a small room, primarily booking local musicians, things can heat up very quickly on stage. As an added bonus, Sunday nights cover also gets you into Kingston Mines which is located across the street.

Tags:  2016  AAO  blog  Blues  Chicago  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Interactive  Travel 

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Fort Worth + Foodies = “GastroTour”

Posted By Brittany Jackson, CRA, OCT-C, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A what?  A Gastro-Tour!  It’s just so much more fun than sitting in one restaurant for the whole meal, after all, you’re visiting a new city and you’ve got a chance to explore, right?  So this a great way to make the most out of your trip!  Your accommodations for the Mid-Year Program are located in Fort Worth’s West 7th District, which makes for a perfect location to restaurant hop.  So bring on the Gastro-Tour!  

West 7th is one of Fort Worth’s "Restaurant Rows”.  I highly recommend getting together with friends and doing a gastro-tour in this easily walkable area of fun, refreshing and new urban development. Here’s how it works: Pick one restaurant for appetizers, another for your second course or appetizers part II, your third location for the entrée and a fourth for desserts.   

When my husband and I restaurant hop, we always share the food on small plates and enjoy a cocktail.  Most of our servers want to skip their shift and join us as we venture to a handful of places and explore the menu of 3-4 area restaurants. This was our most recent Gastro-Tour:  

First Stop: Times Ten Cellars – they source grapes from Napa Valley and ferment on-site in huge steel tanks, visible from the "tank room”. We sat in causal oversized upholstered chairs with and oversized coffee table and enjoyed the Cabernet Franc with a selection of cured meats and cheeses.

Second Stop:  Waters Restaurant.  This is a fine dining establishment with an incredible seafood menu, but we just go straight to the bar! No reservation or tie needed.  We grabbed two chairs and small pub table near the big windows facing Crockett Street while we indulged on the ridiculously decadent lobster stuffed avocado and a glass of pinot grigio.

Fred’s Texas Café (Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives) –  We shared a cheeseburger with our choice of fixins’ made to order, skipped the fries, and washed it down with a small soda or draft beer.

Tillman’s Road House– Table side S’mores and decaf coffee – Yes, we saved the best for last! The chocolate bars, graham crackers and flavored marshmallows (orange, maple and coffee flavored) are all made in house. Served with skewers and a small table top flame, you toast them and assemble your classic campfire treat.

Other great places for the adventurous foodie:  Mash’D, Kona Grill, FW Market + Table, Velvet Taco, Rodeo Goat, Salsa Limon, Thirteen Pies, and Terra Mediterranean.  

If you’ve got time for a brunch, make sure you pick Max’s Wine Dive, a short walk from the hotel.  

This small, bistro style pub is a go-to place for Brunch. It has a great wine and champagne list and even better food, as it is famous for its low and slow fried chicken, with (brace yourselves) a glass of champagne.  The two actually pair amazing well together.  Max’s slogan of "Brunch without champagne is just a sad breakfast” has never been so true.  Definitely order the fried chicken but get the Tiramisu French toast as an appetizer to share while you await for the fresh made fried chicken, and it’s also available gluten free. I suggest making a reservation via Open Table or call ahead!

Enjoy your trip to Fort Worth and leave with a happy and full belly. See you at the Mid-Year!

Tags:  2016  blog  cute  education  Educational Meeting  Fort Worth  Interactive  Mid-year  PDC  Special Events  Texas  Travel 

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A Mid-Year Vendor Forum

Posted By Stuart Alfred, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, April 29, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 22, 2016

Of my many identities:  partner, dad, photographer, healthcare provider…there is one identity:  consumer, that is among my lesser favorites.  It implies somehow giving up on a duty or chore.  Except as an OPS ‘consumer’. The modicum of money I spent is much more an investment than an expense.       

The Mid-Year meeting for example, what value and purchasing power. In my experience Mid-Year meetings have tended toward easily accessible.  Yet!  fewer days on my calendar expended. The somewhat longer annual programs can be …turbulent.. in comparison.  The Mid-Year offers a stellar line of global speakers, on facets wide ranging, in one room.  Someway I find the condensed nature provides a more relaxed environment.       

Some brilliant OPS volunteer or board recently came up with the idea to create a vendor forum– allowing me unconstrained access to vendor reps, instruments, all while providing CECs for the face time!  If you aren’t familiar with this new vendor forum, not familiar with these industry leading reps., shake hands with some fountains of support!      

At the Mid-Year meetings you need to be prepared...  These vendor colleagues are leaders in the industry competition, or Clinical Application Specialists, they know clinically how we implement our devices.  Therefore they share techniques with us we may not be aware of.  How can this service exist in our otherwise fettered consumer interactions:  because the majority of them has years of service in clinic roles precisely like ours, and serve as vibrant OPS members.      

My Institute administration will thankfully ask me to weigh in on new instruments and modalities; now back to being a ‘big’ consumer.  Vender Form is the place to bring that exact administration inquiry from your practice. Get business cards and pass requests for demos. You are now in the driving seat for major financial investment at the backing of your physicians.  You consume, but, in fact support your reps careers and that vital industry.      

It can be said I’m a consumer of these vendors and their talented and generous personnel.  Name another ‘product’ where year after year the ‘seller’ supports your learning at an OPS level?  ZEISS Meditec and Greg, Gary and Kevin Langton. Then Dale Brodsky at Fundus Photo, LLC, S4OPTIK, Heidelberg Engineering, Optos, Topcon, Optovue, Regeneron, Sonomed Escalon Nidek ​and the list goes on.    

In Ann Arbor 2015 –and as planned in Ft. Worth 2016 - the Vendor Forum provides a small group of 5 random attendees a rotation through all the visiting vendors one table at a time: Heidelberg Engineering , Zeiss… are all currently slotted to bring their newest technologies and teams.   We in effect purchase these structured and accredited times to pick their brains while they pick ours.    

These orchestrated meeting are just the first royalty check.  During the meeting’s breaks, all of lunch, after hours at the watering hole, these rock star representatives become friends.      

Our profession and society are unique in many ways.  The reps and CASs we enjoy allow us ongoing support, encouragement and training with not much effort from ourselves.  Why is that?     

To describe vendors as valuable assets in an understatement.  Like we innovate in our clinics, they innovate at their HQ, much of it based on our feedback to them.  A vital, valued and –obviously- symbiotic relationship.

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OPS Webinars - 2015 December Edition

Posted By Gnomes Behind the Curtain, Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Winter is coming!!! But fear not - we have new webinars to help you through!

While you lament the passing of bright fall colors for the dull, cold gray of winter consider checking out some of the new webinars offered by the OPS Board of Education.

There are two more webinars coming up this month (Dec 10th and Dec 15th). Don't miss them!!

Each course only costs $25 for OPS members and $30 for non-OPS members. You will also have the opportunity to collect OPS or JCAHPO credits at the end of each course by completing a short quiz. Registration is super easy all all information can be found HERE.

Below you will find the dates and times for each course along with a link to their descriptions:




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