CEwire2020 News & Updates

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  1. AdminWolf

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    Hey everyone!

    This year's conference is going to be massive: 60 credits (50% more than when we started in 2015), at the same price as prior years. The exhibit hall this year has the most companies we've ever had at a show.

    I'll use this thread as updates to the event come in.

    Look forward to seeing everyone there, should be a fun event

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  2. Steve Silberberg

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    Yep. By far the best speaker program. Very diverse with twists like pediatricians telling what they really know and ER docs among plenty of A list recognizable Odwire names.

    More vendors mean more discounts on equipment and services.

    massive amount of work but it should be by far the best conference we ever put on. Deserves it with a 2020 tag on it!
     
  3. Paul Farkas

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    The added sponsors have helped to keep the same prices, although inflation has made everything more expensive.

    Our goal is quality COPE approved C/E at a price you can afford.

    Your way to show your appreciation is to visit the sponsor's virtual booths. Say hello to the sales reps standing by and learn about show discounts. It's like Vision Expo from the comfort of your home or office.
     
  4. AdminWolf

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    This year we're focusing on making sure the vendors all keep their show specials running for as long as possible.

    We'll also be sending out more e-mails to registrants as new 'deals' come up in the run-up to the conference, so it makes sense to register during the early bird period.

    In the past, the savings in the exhibit hall have been large, similar to expo, etc. ODs have spent several million dollars in the exhibit hall over the past 5 years, I suspect many docs wait to buy until an event like ours. (Sort of like a 'black friday' situation.)
     
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    Early bird registration is now well underway.

    I've updated the conference site to reflect all the approved COPE IDs for the lectures; there are only a couple left that we don't have the details for!

    The breadth of classes this year is particularly good -- speakers include an ER doc, pediatrician, and a PhD immunologist!
    (the immunologist is going to discuss manipulating the ocular microbiome to prevent disease...)
     
  6. Steve Silberberg

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    Yes many more but DR. Leger Phd, I found in a article in Nature outside the Optometric /OMD literature. His work shows how we by Rxing certai drugs are actually destroying normal flora that I never heard of that exists in the ocular tissues. Not giving much a way here but landmark research!!
     
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    Best CE of its kind!

    And you can learn in your underwear!! Woo hoo.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Steve Silberberg

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    Just put scotch tape on the computer camera. We don’t want any arrests
     
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    Fortunately the only people who will be on camera are me and gretchyn, and I promise we'll wear pants...
    maybe.
     
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    You did not just dare me not to wear pants, did you?? :D
     
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    By now you should have received an invitation to participate in CEwire2020.

    The holiday season is coming up in the next few days and there will be many fun distractions.

    A word of advice if you plan on taking C/E credit courses register now while thinking about it. The early bird pricing ends on 1/1/20. Save yourself $30 by signing up before 1/1/20. Hopefully now while reading this and thinking about it.

    Go to www.CEwire2020.com.
     
  12. Ed Makler

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    I have been attending the Texas Optometric Association convention over 25 years. I missed last year because of a health problem

    The convention has been held in Austin, Tx for years. The previous hotel in the north of Austin became too small for the large turnout .

    The TOA hotel rate was about $180 per night. On a regular weekend the room cost was about $99 per night

    About 5 years ago the convention moved to downtown Austin and the room rate was about $220-250 per night and parking was extra

    This year because of the large turnout we moved to a new hotel about 1 block away, the TOA rate is $274 before taxes plus parking. Three nights at the hotel is over $1000. In the past I have taken 4 to 6 staff members, but three rooms will now be over $3000

    The registration fee after December 20 for TOA members is $595. I can get all my hours including the required ethics class for the year, plus attending special non credit classes will get you a $200 rebate which I have donated back to the TOA

    Flying from Dallas is $200 or the cool bus with first class seats is $200. Driving for me is about 4 hours on a constantly worked on highway

    I have always enjoyed this convention, the interaction with friends and meeting the many students who attend the convention.

    However, everyone has a number and I think they have reached my number to not attend this year

    it has been a tradition for me for so many years to attend this convention and I am saddened that I have been priced out this year
     
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    CEwire2020 can give you 8 hours of the 16 hours required annually

    TX 16 1 year per year Up to 8 hours on line

    If the expense is an issue for you, imagine a recent graduate with a growing family having to take time away from home and office.

    Optometric state boards have to address the question...

    Is public better served having ODs forced to sit in a classroom without a quiz to guarantee comprehension
    (ie not dozing through the course) versus an on line lecture where the instructor is present to answer questions and a quiz for comprehension?

    On line can be accomplished for under $3 per credit hour which is within the budget of every OD.

    Let's learn the counter argument from optometric state board decision makers.
     
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    are transcripts also available
     
  15. Ronald Bodman

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    I've participated in this CE every year...but not on the "live" day. I usually do it months later and take the test. If you are watching the lectures live do you still have to take the tests? I ask because if you don't have to take the test I would block days out of my work schedule to do it "live" k
     
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    Take the course...spend 50 minutes attending...pass the quiz.

    Information automatically sent to your state board.
     
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    You must attend the courses on Saturday and Sunday 2/8/20 and 2//9/20 when the instructors are standing by to answer questions in real time. You can take and pass the test anytime after that.

    If you do not pass first time you can review the course and retake the exam. The key for"interactive" is being interactive with the lecturer as if you were sitting in a live classroom.
     
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  18. Ronald Bodman

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    In the classroom/lecture hall you don't take a test...that's why I was wondering. So even if we attend the interactive day the test still has to be taken, right?
     
  19. Steve Silberberg

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    the courses allow you to print a transcript + we send to ARBO if you give us your OE tracker number automatically. Easy peasy and we do all the work.
     
  20. Steve Silberberg

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    Yes read my above post but you can view print and we send via OEtracker.