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Welcome to the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society Blog! The posts on this blog are authored by a myriad of individuals in Ophthalmology. Posts are not always authored by those directly affiliated with the Ophthalmic Photographers' Society and opinions may not be those of the OPS; however, all posts are submitted to a review process and have been approved by the OPS before being posted. Comments are open to the public. New posts are added every Friday, so make sure to check back often!

 

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Mid Year Meeting - 2017

Posted By Heather Carmello, CRA, OCT-C,COA & Don Kuitula, CRA, OCT-C, Monday, March 27, 2017
Updated: Friday, April 7, 2017

Hello Everyone!  

Welcome to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania! We will be having an indoor/outdoor reception to welcome you as attendees Friday evening following the meeting. This is a great opportunity to network, make new friends and see old friends. There will be a cash bar and light hors’doeuvres served in the restaurant and wonderful outdoor patio!

 

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Pittsburgh has many outdoor adventures and events to think about! There's kayaking on the northshore through Pittsburgh's venture outdoors (https://www.ventureoutdoors.org/kayak-pittsburgh-north-shore/). The Pirates may be out of town that weekend but you can walk along the north shore and see PNC park and Heinz Field home of the Steelers.

 

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The free shuttle from the Wyndham will take you 3 miles around the hotel and let me tell you that will take you far. If you ask to go to Penn Ave in the strip you have food, shopping and a unique historical area to tour.

 

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Lastly if you just want to walk around the hotel vicinity there's Schenley park and plenty of unique food choices including Peace Love and Little Donuts!

 

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We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Heather Carmello,CRA,OCT-C,COA

General Chair, 2017

Mid Year meeting Pittsburgh,PA  

 

Don Kuitula, CRA,OCT-C

Education Chair, 2017

Mid year meeting Pittsburgh,PA

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Special Events!

Posted By Alan Frohlichstein, BFA, BS, CRA, FOPS, Thursday, October 6, 2016
Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016

For those of you attending the OPS Annual Education Program in Chicago this year there are a few special events in the area you may wish to participate in if your schedules allow.

The first is the Chicago Architectural Open House. This is an annual event which showcases architecture in the Chicago area and gives access to many building and clubs which are not open to the public. Many of the buildings are a short walk from the Inter Continental Hotel. Details of this event which runs Saturday October 15 and Sunday October 16, 2016 may be found at the Chicago Architecture web site:

openhousechicago.org

The second special event is the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival, running from October 13 through October 27th. Many of the films are within walking distance of the Inter Continental.The full schedule may be found at:

Chicagofilmfestival.com

Another event is the Chicago Museum Week, offering discounts to many of Chicago's museums. Details and locations may be found at:

chicagomuseumweek.com

Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy some of the culture and dining Chicago has to offer!

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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.  


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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.   


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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.  


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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.  


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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!   

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

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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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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: OPS Mid-Year Educational Program, Fort Worth TX, May 13-14, 2016

Posted By Brittany Jackson, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, April 1, 2016
Updated: Friday, April 8, 2016
The Ophthalmic Photographers Society is incredibly excited to announce the Saturday, May 14th, 2016 Mid Year Meeting Keynote Speaker,  Dr. Alan Kimura from Colorado Retina Associates in Denver, Colorado.

"Restoring Vision by Replacing and Engineering Cells: The Promise of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine” by Alan Kimura, MD, MPH.

Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016 11:15 – 12:15pm
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Dorothea Leonhardt Lecture Hall

Dr. Kimura is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves as one of a handful of oral board examiners in the Western United States. He is also a member of ISCEV, ARVO, AAO and other professional organizations and continues an enthusiastic involvement with research pursuits as a co-investigator in many studies, as Medical Chair in Denver for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness and his numerous publishing and authoring endeavors.   

A wonderful contributor to previous OPS Educational programs, Dr. Kimura is a gem that we are beyond excited to welcome back for what we know will be a fantastic lecture in terms of dynamic and new content, infused with Dr. Kimura’s unique and enthusiastic style of public speaking.  He’s an entertainer, folks!

Dr. Kimura attended the World Stem Cell Summit in Atlanta, Georgia in December of 2015 and has designed his talk to comprehensively cover the latest and greatest pearls of wisdom and discoveries from the recent Summit.  The course will review of the science behind stem cells research in the field of ophthalmology.  A review of the translational research into restoring vision will also be presented as well as a discussion on society’s role in regulating stem cell research.

 

Stem cell advancements are a key component of advancing medicine for the treatment of visual loss.   With Dr. Kimura’s Keynote address we know all attendees will have a better understanding of the science behind stem cell research and the advancement efforts to use stem cell technology to begin to restore vision loss.  

The OPS Board of Education is proud to offer this exciting program that was designed to cover the "Future of Medicine” with 16 OPS Credits and 13 JCAHPO-A Continuing Education Credits during this two day Educational Program.    

Don’t miss out on this event -> Register Today!

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