The FOS will host its annual meeting on Tuesday, 22 OCT 2013 in Seattle in the Club Room of the Tap House, beginning with a mentorship lunch and 4 hours of COPE approved CE. The annual business meeting and reception will follow the CE portion of the meeting.
The COPE approved courses are "Practice Management in Socialized Healthcare" and "Healthcare Fraud Red Flags". The healthcare fraud lecture will be presented in part by a current Department of Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent based in the Seattle area, who will offer a question and answer session at the end of the lecture. This presents a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from an active Special Agent and will be particularly useful for new graduates or those who will soon graduate.
Click here for a meeting flyer.
Members can register for this meeting.
Non-members: register for the reception
ARBO Distance Learning Policy - In early September, Dr. Auvil requested an ARBO policy change to update online continuing education requirements. If successful, these changes will greatly benefit federal service ODs as the current federal budget crisis becomes the new normal and commands are no longer able to fund optometry continuing education.
FOS Award Program - This has proven to be more challenging than first anticipated, but the FOS recognizes the value of a this very deliberate process so we get it right the first time. The FOS Award Program promises an innovative and inclusive opportunity for high-achievers.
CE database - As budgets dwindle, regions prefer to bring presenters to a large provider audience to meet CE requirements. This database will support such regions (Pacific, Europe for example) and the FOS will freely share this information with Services, if requested.
FOS Board of Directors - Watch on the member site in the next few weeks for FOS Director nominations.
Mentorship - This never-ending process is critical for organizational success. Leaders MUST build the bench to prepare subordinates, peers must share knowledge to elevate the entire organization, and subordinates must inform leadership through cooperative interaction. The FOS exists largely for this purpose.
The Member Resource Section includes the following categories: Clinical Operations, Professional Development and Mentorship Development. FOS Members can share files on the Member Resources page including video, PowerPoint slides, Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, Adobe PDF documents, etc.
"...to be the premier, in-house venue for federal optometrists to share knowledge..."
The FOS salutes the American Optometric Society for its active and direct support of the profession. Specifically, AOS was very generous to federal service optometrists by providing CE at no cost. Thanks for serving those who serve, and best wishes to the members as they grow into a new organization.