First Annual OM
Symposium Scores High
find Symposium on Contemporary Eyecare fills void in continuing education.
a profession rife with meetings, does optometry really need another event? If the
response to the first annual Optometric Management Symposium (OMS) on Contemporary
Eyecare is any indication, the answer is a resounding yes.
during the first week of November at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla.,
the three-day meeting attracted more than 300 optometrists and vision care professionals
who took advantage of:
Management Symposium on Contemporary Eyecare attracted over 300 eyecare professionals
to Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando.
►21 continuing education credits
►course material focusing exclusively on issues affecting progressive optometrists
►top-rate speakers, presenters and industry sponsors
►a first-class, family-friendly resort.
Co-course director Deepak Gupta, O.D., explained that the OMS
drew a large audience because it brought together in one meeting all the pieces
that contribute to a successful event. "I think the symposium will fill a vital
need in the optometric community," he said. "O.D.s from across the country will
be able to get a large number of high-quality CE courses and enjoy time with the
family at Disney. They don't have to leave the family behind to attend a CE conference.
"In terms of the courses, the symposium updated docs on a wide
variety of topics and it taught them how they can implement the new information
and new technology in their offices."
Walter West, O.D., co-course director of the OMS, agreed that
course content was a major contributor to the success of the meeting. "It was refreshing
to see 300 optometrists present in the same lecture hall because they chose to be
there, not because they were on a quest for CE credits," he said.
In addition to the program in the lecture hall, the sponsors
CooperVision, Bausch & Lomb, Carl Zeiss Meditec and Allergan shared
new insights and cutting-edge products with attendees. Their expertise didn't go
unnoticed. Said one attendee, "The sponsored breakfasts and lunches were a nice
surprise and contributed to quite an enjoyable experience."
A rewarding program
the exhibit hall, optometrists experienced cutting-edge technologies firsthand.
Attendees said they found the educational program, the core of
the meeting, to be most rewarding. OMS opened with a CE breakfast by Ron Melton,
O.D., and Randall Thomas, O.D., on "Therapeutic Advances for the Management of Acute
and Chronic Ocular Disease," which was sponsored by Bausch & Lomb. Dr. Gupta
continued with "A Clinician's Guide to Diagnosing and Managing Glaucoma."
CooperVision sponsored the CE lunch, "Contemporary Management
of Keratitis Sicca," which was presented by Robert Ryan, O.D. The afternoon continued
with Drs. Melton and Thomas presenting "A Clinical Primer on Posterior Segment Disorders"
and closed with "Leadership Strategies for Practicing Optometrists," presented by
Zeiss Meditec sponsored the CE breakfast session on Nov. 5, "How Early Detection
and Management of AMD Can Improve Visual Outcomes," presented by Joseph Pizzimenti,
O.D., and Leo Semes, O.D. Joseph Shovlin, O.D., then addressed "A Complete Guide
to Contact Lens and Anterior Segment Management." The lunch CE program, sponsored
by Marco, was "Delegation for Greater Practice Profitability," by Dr. West. Susan
Abramovitz, president of Ideopia, then led the workshop, "Marketing Your Practice
Symposium featured many of today's industry-leading speakers, including Randall
Thomas, O.D. (left) and Ron Melton, O.D.
Sunday program began with a "Dry Eye Update," a CE breakfast presented by Mark Dunbar,
O.D., and sponsored by Allergan. James Thimons, O.D., concluded the meeting with
"The O.D.'s Guide to Surgical Management and Co-Management."
Plans for the 2006 symposium have already drawn interest from
eyecare professionals. Said one optometrist, "If you have high-quality speakers
at a Disney location in 2006, I'm in. Very nice job!"
The first annual Optometric Management Symposium
on Contemporary Eyecare was produced by the Healthcare Conference Group of Lippincott
Williams & Wilkins. (LWW also publishes Optometric Management.) The Conference
Group has already begun plans for a
http://www.healthcareconferencegroup.comsecond symposium, which will be held at Disney's
Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Nov. 2-5, 2006. The agenda and other details
will be available at www.healthcareconferencegroup.com For more information on
the next meeting, contact Heather Seasholtz, director of the group, at (215) 643-8073
or seasholtzh@ lww.visioncare.com.
Optometric Management, Issue: January 2006