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The Annual Educational Program in New Orleans was a hit!
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If you were not in New Orleans for the Annual Educational Program, you missed a fantastic event. Hoang Nguyen created a program with great speakers and intriguing topics, many which were new to the OPS. This year’s keynote Speaker for the Ninth Annual J. Donald M. Gass Memorial Lecture were Dr. Suber Huang and he gave an inspiring review of the importance of imaging and its role in management of treating retinal diseases. The Board of Education also tried something new by offering a Crash Course in Ophthalmic Imaging with a full day of lectures designed for people new to the field. This course gave the perfect introduction to someone just starting a new career.


Attending the traditional welcome reception always offers the chance to renew old friendships and make new connections. With a New Orleans inspired menu, a photoscavenger hunt and the Johnny Justice Jr. Scholarship Award raffle, the evening was well worth attending. It was also the only other place where you can see the winning images from the print and stereo divisions of the OPS Scientific Exhibit that were on display at the AAO floor.

This year’s winners were Linda Goings, CRA (print) and Mark Clark, CRA (stereo) and the Csaba Martonyi Award went to Mark Clark, CRA.

Several awards were presented to well deserving individuals with best journal article to Ditte Hess, CRA, FOPS and the Don Wong Award to Michael Kelly, FOPS. Occasionally, the Board of Directors gives recognition to individuals that have made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmic imaging and to the OPS. This year two individuals were presented with the "Outstanding Contributions to Ophthalmic Photography Award”: Ditte Hess, CRA, FOPS and Tim Bennett CRA, FOPS, OCT-C. Congratulations to both of you.

What would a visit to New Orleans have been without a swamp tour? Taking a break after many lectures, several OPS members jumped on a bus and took a boat ride through a beautiful swamp area of old trees, elegant birds and cute raccoons. What a great way to end a successful program.


The OPS Educational Programs continue to be the best place to get exposure to a wide variety of imaging specialties within ophthalmology. We hope you will join us for the next one.
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