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Discussion in 'General Topics' started by AdminWolf, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. Lynbeth Neal Lorey

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    Vision Expo will usually have a few courses that are co-sponsored by a school, so if you're careful on course selection, you can still do that but it does take some planning. For journal articles, you can only do ones that are co-sponsored by schools.
     
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    That is ... awful. It gives a select group of organizations a monopoly over CE activities, which are mandatory for re-licensure. Does anyone else have a problem with this?
     
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    So, there's this OD that feels things should be set right somehow... odd person... thinks 21st century self-regulation should be defensible... impeccable... for the good of both the public and the small, embattled, legislated-scope, health care profession... sort of a Quixote... or just another patient off his medication...
     
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    Confirmed by the NY State Board -- 9 hours:

     
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    Dr Michael Ohlson, Optometry's Man from La Mancha!

     
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    By the way, for our Canadian friends, I was contacted by a member from Ontario, who wrote this:
    All of the lectures are COPE-Approved and WILL have tests (graded in this case by NOVA Southeastern U), so to me, that reads like at least in Ontario, you qualify for Category A.

    We'll get a definitive answer this week, but it looks good...

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    Speaking of signing up...

    We have made early sign up incredibly inexpensive per lecture hour. The thinking was that a heavy early sign up will convince our deep pocket vendors to take a big booth to compensate for the low OD rates.

    There is a hefty increase in sign up costs on May 1. By that time the vendor booths must be reserved.

    If you plan on joining the party do so before May 1.
     
  8. AdminWolf

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    Happy to announce it looks like we've got another speaker coming on board, Richard Zimbalist, OD, FAAO! It is going to be a talk on a medical topic, when we have the COPE approval we'll post it up on the site (interesting stuff)

    As I mentioned, we're not turning any interesting speaker away -- if they've got a topic that we think people will find compelling, and a lecture ready to go, we're going to welcome them into the program if at all possible, costs-be-damned.

    Even though each additional lecture drives up the price of the event for us, we feel it is important to give registrants as much choice as possible.

    And just as a reminder, the $99 reg fee will go up after May 1st, so if you haven't registered, please give it a shot now!

    Thanks, hope everyone is having a great weekend,
    adam
     
  9. Paul Farkas

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    To reiterate...

    The cost of a little over $3 per credit hour is an incredible bargain. The goal is to have signups in the thousands early to encourage large vendors with deep pockets to support CEwire2015 with the assurance of heavy booth traffic

    By May 1, 2015 the vendors will be in place The price increase will reflect the true value of the courses offered. Don't be a victim of procrastination. Sign up today!
     
  10. AdminWolf

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    It is actually less than $3 per credit, if you have multiple docs in your office; you can sign everyone up for $199, total... so if you have multiple docs at a location, just have one person register for the group rate, and you can fill in the rest of their names.

    You'll have 3 months to complete the CE, so you don't have to worry about attending the whole thing live online.
     
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    David Bookman

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    Dear Adam, Paul, and everyone at odwire....


    (1) So I just paid about $600 to attend my association CE event, will get about 16 hours, and now you have the nerve to offer over 30 hours for $99 ! Thanks !

    (2) On a more serious note....In Ontario we require 70 hours of CE in a 3 year period, and 50 hours are essentially COPE approved with lots of regulations:

    "Members are required to participate in CE activities that would amount to a minimum of 50 category a credit hours* while credit for the remaining 20 credit hours may be obtained by participating in either category a or b Continuing Education activities. (*One credit hour is equal to 50 minutes with each course being a minimum of one credit hour and additionally in half-hour increments.)
    Of the 50 Category A hours required, a minimum of 20 hours must be lecture-based in topics reasonably related to ocular disease and management or related systemic disease. COPE- approved online lectures would qualify as long as they include an examination component. "

    The last part states that online lectures require "an examination component"

    Is there any type of exam at the end of these lectures ? Any way of verifying the OD did participate in the entire lecture ? I will ask my College regarding the interpretation of the CE requirement but would appreciate your answer to the above.

    BTW...do we still have the "Gold" star program beside our names or ....?

    Editor's note: Gold star vanished after last upgrade. Now just supporting member noted.

    Thanks for all the hard work, David.
     
  12. Steve Silberberg

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    Each course has a 10 question test at the end the computer is logged in must be logged in during the entire session or else you cannot take the test so controls are in place
     
  13. David Bookman

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    Thanks Steve, BTW, just to be sure....no extra cost for taking the test or getting the CE COPE credit. Thanks.
     
  14. Steve Silberberg

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    Nope. Freebie
     
  15. Paul Farkas

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    For those who are signing up early...

    If you note any difficulty in the system please let us know before the major influx.

    The system to allow for every eventuality is extremely complex. We hope all bases are covered but then...:eek::oops:

    Thanks for help and support.
     
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    Bill C. Thompson OD

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    This is an interesting thread for me. I am a CE nerd. I have always logged about twice as many, if not more, CE than required.

    I will sign up for CEwire for sure.

    When "CEing is Believing" (CEiB) came along I jumped right on board and enjoyed it.

    I really enjoy (call me weird) live conferences too, however. Not so much the CE hours, but the opportunity to interact with other optometrists. I have often said I learn more in the hallways between lectures.

    I am so weird that I have purchased full CD sets from SECO and listen to them in the car. For some topics, I have listened to the same lecture 2 or 3 times. All this for no CE credit.

    I am licensed in 3 states, each with their own CE requirements.

    If I could do all my CE online for all 3 states I would, but I'd still want to go to live gatherings (conferences) of ODs for the interaction.

    I definitely learn more in an online or CD format, no question. I just enjoy interacting with colleagues live, face to face.

    In my years serving on the TOA board of trustees, I went to all TOA and some AOA conferences. We had many duties at the meetings and had little time to attend CE. I enjoyed those conferences the most, oddly enough. Big, well attended conferences, little or no CE credits for me, but plenty of interaction with other ODs.
     
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  17. AdminWolf

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    Great! looking forward to seeing you there.

    We could use a little help --

    Does anyone know about the internet hour allowance in the following states:

    CT, DE, RI, SC, UT and WI?

    I'd like to fill out the matrix fully ASAP.

    Thanks
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  18. AdminWolf

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    Official word from the Ontario College of Optometrists of Ontario:

    "If the CE online course is COPE-approved with an official COPE I.D. and includes an examination component, as per our current CE policy for the 2015 – 2017 cycle, then yes, the course would qualify as Category A credit hour.
    Please be advised that it is the member's responsibility to have all corresponding CE certificates available (for any possible future audit), unless the CE provider supplies all obtained CE details directly to OE Tracker."


    So looks like it is a go, since all our classes have tests and certificates! If you know anyone in Ontario who wants or needs credits, they can participate!

    Thanks
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  19. Paul Farkas

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    Canadian OD's outside of Ontario help us out...

    There is a good chance that if the Ontario College of optometrist approves CEwire2015 other provinces will also follow. You might receive a rapid response since you practice in that province.

    Please pass it along to us on this topic. We would like to allow all eligible Canadian ODs to sign up by 4/30/15 for big savings.

    Thanks.
     
  20. AdminWolf

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    Hey Florida ODs -- can you really do zero credits online? I can't find any documentation of the # of hours.

    It would help me fill out the matrix...
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