Mastering Your Meeting Skills
can be overwhelming, especially if you're a first-time attendee. Here's some advice
from veteran meeting-goers that can help you get the most out of the experience.
Dress for success. "Never wear
jeans. Business casual is the way to go," says Janice M. Jurkus, O.D., F.A.A.O.
"But wear comfortable shoes. Convention centers are big, and you'll probably be
running between sessions all day."
Do your homework. "Meetings
can be like Disneyland so much to see and do," says Milton M. Hom, O.D.,
F.A.A.O. "I feel awful browsing through the program after the meeting has ended
and discovering I missed something." Study the program ahead of time, and take advantage
of online personal program planners to help you choose what you want to see and
Research your interests. Attend
as many CE courses as possible in your area of interest. "This will give you the
opportunity to see if you really want to specialize in that particular area," says
David B. Seibel, O.D., F.A.A.O. "Don't just listen. Take the opportunity to talk
to the instructors. They'll be happy to answer all your questions and tell you the
pros and cons of their specialty."
Browse the wares. "Spend as
much time as possible in the exhibit hall," says Edward S. Bennett, O.D., F.A.A.O.
"Check out new textbooks, contact lenses and other products." Talking to vendors
also is a unique networking opportunity. "Get names of local territory managers
in your preferred practice area," Dr. Seibel says. "Local reps know who's hiring
and can point out the best and worst
doctors to work for in your
out of your comfort zone. You can hang out with your friends any time, so make
an effort to venture out on your own. "Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to
people," Dr. Hom says. Or as Dr. Seibel suggests, ask alumni or
to introduce you around. Dr.
Jurkus has advice that can help you deal with all
the business cards you're bound to collect. "When you meet someone, make a note
on the card to remind you who they are and what you talked about," she says.
Be on your best behavior.
forget to have fun but not too much. "Attend parties, but don't
get drunk and disorderly," Dr. Jurkus says. "People
remember, and you never
know if your
future boss is at the same party!"
Improve Contact Lens Visibility
I've had great success
prescribing color-enhancing contact lenses to first-time patients. The tinting helps
presbyopic patients find the lens more easily in the case, on the eye before removal
or when it becomes decentered. After patients are comfortable with their lenses,
some choose to continue wearing color enhancing contact lenses for cosmetic purposes
while others go back to clear or lenses with a visibility tint. Either way, I've
introduced them to color-enhancing lenses and made their first experience with new
contact lenses a little less stressful.
Jenny Baker, N.C.L.C.
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IS YOUR OFFICE
a fun place to work? It should be, according to Bob Levoy, author of "201 Secrets
of a High-Performance Practice" (Butterworth-Heinemann). You can help keep stress
levels low by encouraging employees to share their favorite snack foods
with their co-workers, setting aside time for in-office lunches and giving your
team a lounge or space of their own where they can relax and unwind.
The Vision Care Institute Expands its Frontiers
OVER THE PAST YEAR, 1,100
fourth-year optometry students have completed the 3-day program offered by The Vision
Care Institute of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. The newest addition
to the Jacksonville, Fla., campus is the Sullins Training Theatre, a 105-seat, state-of-the-art
teaching facility. Named in honor of Rear Admiral W. David Sullins Jr., O.D., the
first optometrist to attain the military rank of Rear Admiral, the new theatre features
a 7- by 12-foot projection screen linked to six on-site exam rooms. The Theatre
also offers opportunities for long-distance learning from all over the world via
expansion will allow us to meet the ever-increasing need for training, while helping
us provide a broad range of topics to a wider audience," says Howard B. Purcell,
O.D., F.A.A.O., senior director of The Vision Care Institute.
a continuously evolving science, and we hope to equip eyecare professionals with
the knowledge and experience necessary to meet growing patient demands."
Dr. Purcell dedicated the new
Training Center, which comprises the Sullins Theatre and four additional instructional
areas, on Aug. 15, 2005. The all-day program included a live demonstration of
the Training Theatre, tours of the facility and a keynote address by Story Musgrave,
M.D., NASA scientist and veteran space shuttle astronaut.
Sullins Theatre is the newest addition to The Vision Care Institute in Jacksonville,
THE VISION CARE INSTITUTE
Shuttle Pioneer Tells His Story
Dr. Musgrave signs a book for Ellen Rogers,
after his keynote address at The Vision Care Institute.
Story Musgrave, M.D., delivered the keynote address during the inauguration of the
new training facility at The Vision Care Institute. During his long and illustrious
career, Dr. Musgrave has never been satisfied with the status quo, constantly striving
to forge new frontiers and develop new technological innovations.
Dr. Musgrave shared highlights from his career
as a surgeon, test pilot and astronaut, only a few of his accomplishments. He helped
design extravehicular activity equipment for the space shuttle program before participating
in the maiden voyage of the space shuttle Challenger. During subsequent shuttle
missions, he helped deploy numerous satellites and was part of the first crew to
capture and repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993. He holds the distinction
of being the only astronaut to have flown on all five space shuttles. Dr. Musgrave
retired from NASA in 1997, but continues to travel and share his experiences with
audiences all over the world.
"We chose Dr. Musgrave as our keynote
speaker because his lifelong quest to acquire new skills through continuous training
and desire to take his chosen profession to the next level represent the spirit
of The Vision Care Institute," says Howard B. Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O. "At The Institute,
we share his ongoing dedication to technological innovation and education."
Optometric Management, Issue: November 2005