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Who What Where and Why of the Board of Certification

Posted By Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS, Thursday, June 11, 2015
Updated: Friday, June 19, 2015


In this age of social media, webinars and computers on your wrist, there is still a profound value in face-to-face collaboration. To this end, the BOC met in Ann Arbor on April 24 and 25 to work together on a series of projects demanding board attention. For those of you who are unsure about the role of the Board of Certification, this board was founded in 1978 with the mission of creating a nationally recognized certification (the CRA) and for the continuous maintenance of all certification programs. Out of collaborative efforts such as these was born the now defunct COPRA, and the majestically current and relevant OCT-C exams. These exams don’t happen in a vacuum. There is no agency to vendor out the continuous evolution that our programs demand. It takes the dedication and hard work of the members of the BOC in partnership with the Board of Directors and the collaborative efforts of many to keep our CRA and OCT-C current, viable, and desirable.

At this meeting the CRA Guide was examined and modified, work was done on the application database, policies and procedures were edited for application of electronic methods to the testing procedure(s). Section chairs met in small groups to brainstorm the streamlining of many facets of the exam process. Discussions were conducted on how to improve the application procedures to include electronic scoring of performance exams to expedite the outcomes. The Election committee met to discuss upcoming elections and means to attract qualified, dedicated and ambitious OPS members to the board. Methods to post CEC approved meetings on the website in a more efficient manner were discussed.

Plans for upcoming CRA examination in Ann Arbor June 26 and possible venues for 2016 were reviewed. The production of the CRA and OCT-C examinations are the prime directive of the BOC. Their "care and feeding” occupies the majority of BOC business throughout the year.

Serving on a board is a lifelong bonding experience. The contributions of all boards to the society are immeasurable, as are the relationships and friendships that spring from giving back to a professional organization. As a member of an OPS board, in some fashion, for the past 33 years I can certainly attest to that! I urge everyone out there in OPS land to consider how you can impact your professional world - and make some mighty fine friends in the process!

Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, CDOS
Past president, OPS
Current BOC member

Tags:  Ann Arbor  blog  BOC  education  Educational Meeting  Meaningful Use  Professional Development Committee  Professionalism 

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Michigan, the Great Beer State

Posted By Donald Kuitila, Friday, May 22, 2015
Updated: Friday, May 22, 2015


Michigan ranks fifth in the nation with 131 craft breweries and is becoming a destination for beer lovers across the country. Brewers from the "Great Beer State” serve fresh beer to locals as well as a growing number of beer tourists who are coming to Michigan to sample creative and award winning beers from well-respected breweries. Ann Arbor has a wide range of brewers crafting many different styles of beer with everything from French Farmhouse Ales to highly hopped IPA's to Mexican Lagers.

Here are some breweries worth trying if you have the time to enjoy some fine Michigan beer. Most are within walking distance from the hotel with a few only a short cab ride away. We'll start with the closest brewery The Blue Tractor (207 E. Washington St) which is a short walk from the hotel and has six solid beers on tap including an American Cream Ale, Porter, Kolsch and IPA. They also offer a world class Smoke & BBQ menu to satisfy your dining needs. Arbor Brewing Co. (114 E. Washington St) is just down the street from The Blue Tractor and is Ann Arbor's oldest brewpub. They have ten beers on tap and a vegetarian friendly menu featuring local and sustainable ingredients. The brewery has expanded to include locations in nearby Ypsilanti and also India's first American craft brewery in Bangalore! Only a few doors down you'll find Grizzly Peak Brewing (120 W. Washington St). They offer twelve taps covering a variety of different beer styles. Their progressive "from-scratch” menu highlights fresh fish, hearth baked pizza, burgers and sandwiches.


The next few are a little further away from the Campus Inn but well worth the journey. Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (311 S. Main St) is a half mile walk from the hotel through eclectic Ann Arbor and worth every step. They specialize in French Farmhouse and Belgian Style Ales using open fermentation and oak aging to create their world recognized beers. Their food menu is just as diverse with many interesting choices to pair with their beer. A short cab ride, or ambitious walk, brings you to Biercamp (1634 S. State St) which is a small batch brewery with five rotating taps that also specializes in artisan meats. Their sausages, jerky and sandwiches are all hand made using farms where their animals are raised naturally and humanely using no hormones or growth promoting drugs. They also feature an outdoor beer garden to enjoy the warm Michigan summer. The furthest away at 2.5 miles is Wolverine State Brewing Co. (2019 W. Stadium St). It is near Michigan Stadium (aka The Big House) so if you are in the area stop by for Michigan's only all Lager brewery. They brew classic lagers as well as a variety of India Pale Lagers (IPL's), higher gravity offerings and seasonals including Mexican, Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Spiced Lagers. They also serve a great BBQ menu with pulled pork, brisket and ribs all with a special house made dry rub.                

Whether you are looking for a crisp summer wheat or a big bodied sipping ale, Ann Arbor has many choices to quench your thirst. I highly recommend visiting a few of these brewpubs to experience some great tasting local beer.



Tags:  2015  Ann Arbor  Beer  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Kellogg Eye Center  Meaningful Use  Mid-year  PDC  Travel 

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The Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2015-A MONTH-LONG Festival of Fun!

Posted By Michael Kelly, Monday, May 18, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A GREAT coincidence!    The famous Ann Arbor Summer Festival 2015 is taking place from June 12 through July 5 this year.   With the OPS Mid-Year Program taking place June 26 - 27, this is a wonderful opportunity to hit BOTH in one trip. 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival  

The Festival runs two programs simultaneously - one with inside activities and one with outside activities at various venues throughout the U of M campus and in downtown Ann Arbor.  The inside attractions, called Main-Stage, include performances of music, dance, comedy and theater – you’ll need to purchase tickets for these events.  "Top of the Park” events are admission-free outdoor offerings and feature movies under the stars, open-air performances and concerts, and other family-friendly attractions. There is also a special "Beyond” series in which attendees will enjoy unique pop-up events throughout the city of Ann Arbor.  Festival-goers should not miss the opportunities for fun including Bike Nights, Global Parties such as World Music Night, educational activities,  Kids Rock, Kids Zone, Rock & Recycle, and Retreat.  90% of the more than 100 events are FREE!

…Download the app from iTunes App Store or Android Apps on Google Play, so you can keep current on all the latest festival updates.

 -Purchase tickets online starting April, 2015 at

-Or call the Ticket Office at (734) 764-2538 or toll-free in Michigan at (800) 221-1229.


If you go, be sure to bring these…

• Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, lawn blankets, strollers, wagons, and folding chairs

• Photo ID for access to the beverage garden

• Dancing shoes

• A sense of adventure

• A costume any time but especially on theme nights

Tags:  2015  Ann Arbor  blog  education  Educational Meeting  funny  Interactive  Kellogg Eye Center  Mid-year  PDC  Special Events  Travel 

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Ann Arbor - Local Attractions

Posted By Heather Carmelo, Friday, April 17, 2015
Updated: Saturday, April 25, 2015

What can be done in Ann Arbor when you happen to be there in June during our mid year meeting? Lots of things!!!  

If you have some spare time and you are a nature lover maybe you will want to check out the Arboretum which is 123 acres of nature trail and gardens. There’s also the opportunity to go kayaking down the Huron River. Don’t forget to check out some river tours if you have the chance!


Or you can climb Burton Memorial Tower located on the main campus. Awesome!  There are a lot of things to offer in Ann Arbor especially in June when the weather is wonderful. You can even take a stroll and see Ann Arbor’s historic buildings. There are several churches and famous houses to see such as the Anson Brown Building which is the oldest commercial building. Or check out the Bennett Kempf House which was built by postmaster Henry Bennett in the 1800’s.          

Getting around in Ann Arbor is a breeze – there are several excellent options. Getting into town from the Detroit airport is made easy thanks to AirRide.  

AirRide is a bus service that offers 12 round trips daily to Detroit Metro Airport. They drop-off / pick-up at three Ann Arbor locations.  The Blake Transit Center location is a half mile from the meeting hotel. The cost is $12 one-way or $22 round-trip if you reserve your ticket in advance. Check the AirRide schedule and make reservations at  

For those staying at the Campus Inn, you will be centrally located in downtown Ann Arbor, a very walkable city. For those looking to venture further out of the city, there are other options besides traditional taxi’s or rental cars.

Operated by the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, ‘The Ride’ is a top-notch public transit system, offering over 1500 stops. Fare is $1.50. Visit for more information.

Zipcar is a national car-sharing service that allows you to reserve and rent cars by the hour or day. Cars are located all around Ann Arbor. Zipcar members can reserve cars online then swipe their card at the vehicle to unlock doors. Gas and insurance are included. See Zipcar map for locations.  

There’s plenty to do and see in Ann Arbor and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to get out and see and do!!! Can’t wait to see you there!      


Photos courtesy of Google images search of Ann Arbor,MI  


 For more information about this fine city - click the link below:      

Tags:  Ann Arbor  blog  education  Educational Meeting  Interactive  Kellogg Eye Center  Mid-year  PDC  Travel 

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CRA Performance Exam

Posted By Eric Kegley, Friday, April 3, 2015
Updated: Friday, April 3, 2015

So, have you ever been to a Mid-Year Program? I haven’t, and I’ve been a member of the OPS and a CRA since 2006! Even before I had joined the OPS I often attended the OPS Annual Meeting to get my JCAHPO credits since most of what I did in the office was photography related.

 Well…. this year that is going to change. I currently serve on the OPS Board of Certification (BOC) as the CRA section chair, and as such will be in Ann Arbor for the CRA performance exam which is to be held on Sunday, June 28th, 2015. I thought this would be a great time to attend a Mid-Year Program as well.  The program looks great!

And speaking of the CRA performance exam, do you plan on taking the exam in Ann Arbor? Did you know about that opportunity? This will be the second time as the Chair of the CRA section that I will be organizing the CRA performance exam. I am even more excited to be there this time.

I remember taking the performance exam in San Francisco in 2006 when it was offered immediately before the ICOP meeting. I also remember how nervous I was. Even though I had already been imaging patients for 14 years, it was still a little strange to be having to perform those tasks in front of another imager, especially Jonathan Shankle, of all people.

But in all seriousness, this summer would be a great time to visit beautiful Ann Arbor and achieve part of the requirements for certification as a CRA (don’t forget about the written test!). Tim Steffens, the Chair of the BOC, will be hosting the meeting and the exam at Kellogg Eye Center. Achieving my certification was a goal that I had set for myself when I first started imaging all the way back in 1993 and it gave me great personal and professional satisfaction to attain it. I believe that most CRAs feel the same.

If you are planning on coming to Ann Arbor for the exam, make sure you have all the requirements met by the end of April. (

The deadline for applying for the performance exam is six weeks prior to the date of the exam, May 15th 2015.

More information about registering for the performance exam in Ann Arbor can be found at:

 If you have any questions, feel free to email


I hope to see you there and best of luck!


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