From Aug. 21–23, nearly 600 attendees descended upon Austin for the high-quality educational opportunities available at the Combined Ophthalmic Symposium (COS). Unlike most meetings of its kind, COS provided education for the entire practice. The symposium offered comprehensive programming for ophthalmologists, practice-management staff, integrated-practice optometrists, and nurses and technicians. The record-breaking number of attendees were able to enjoy interactive discussions and network with influential faculty and attendees.
Additionally, the Resident and Fellow Program offered exceptional hands-on training in a multi-supported wetlab setting, using 12 phacoemulsification stations and four separate stations for lens loading/IOL delivery; wound creation/suturing; CTRs; and the management of astigmatism/LRI/PCRI. Teams of first-, second-, and third-year residents and fellows also enjoyed a challenging cases rountable discussion, which featured pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative complication management cases—they were later presented to faculty.
Adding to the symposium's success, the COS Exhibit Hall was sold out with 25 exhibitors. These included major exhibitors: Alcon Laboratories, EyeMD EMR Healthcare Systems Inc., Omeros Corporation and TearLab Corp.
Participating exhibitors included: 2020 EHR, Abbott Medical Optics, Avella Specialty Pharmacy, Bruder Healthcare Company, DIOPSYS, Inc., Enhanced Medical Services (EMS), Fast Track Marketing, i-Optics, iMatrix, Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Integrity EMR for Eyes, Mastel Precision Surgical Instruments, Inc., MDIntelleSys, Miracles In Sight, Modernizing Medicine, Inc., MST (MicroSurgical Technologies), Nextech, Ocular Systems Inc., Solutionreach, Ziemer USA and Zydoc Transcription.
Planning is underway for the 2016 Combined Ophthalmic Symposium.
Note: COS educational materials will be available to attendees in a later email.