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President's Message

31st Annual Scientific Meeting
June 6-7, 2014
Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

Jeff Coper, VSEPS President

Dear Colleague:


The leadership of the VSEPS appreciates your long term support.  If you are a current member, thank you.  If you are a former member, or have not joined, we hope you will give us a try. The need for involvement in organized medicine has never been greater. Your commitment to your state society as well as to the AAO is vital.  


Our areas of focus at VSEPS are as follows:  


Education:  We host a yearly scientific assembly in late spring that offers about 14 CME credits.  The presenters have national reputations. The 2014 meeting was recorded by Audio Digest for national distribution. The assembly includes an OMIC session that qualifies current VSEPS members for the maximum 10 percent OMIC discount.  VSEPS also conducts coding seminars. The May, 2015 seminar will be particularly important with the coming of the long delayed ICD 10.  VSEPS has started a non-profit educational foundation to support educational activities for Virginia ophthalmologists and the public.  Current VSEPS members have the opportunity to become founding members of the VSEPS foundation.


Advocacy:   While the national health care debate garners the most attention, the bulk of health care changes occur at the state level.   VSEPS employs consultants and lobbyists to represent all of us, to constantly monitor the legislative process.   We have seen in other states the cost of indolence, and we are committed to being vigilant on your behalf.  We must remain a constant and consistent player and not show up only when our immediate interests are threatened.  Our national organization stands ready to help us, but cannot be involved in the day-to-day monitoring of all state activities. Please be involved with us.


Fellowship: No one understands our unique stressors and problems, triumphs and tribulations the way our colleagues do.  Our annual meeting and quarterly regional board meetings are fantastic opportunities for informal interactions with colleagues statewide.  It is gratifying to have a statewide organization that can intervene in local issues involving hospital systems, insurers, and to help with patient interactions.   


VSEPS works hard for all of our interests.  We need your assistance. We want you involved.  The expense of yearly dues is minimal and creates great value for you and your practice.   The cost of not being involved is severe.  Please join your colleagues in building a brighter future for Ophthalmology in Virginia.




Geoffrey G. Cooper, MD, FACS


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CME certificates for the 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting have been sent to the email address provided on attendance verification forms. If you attended the annual meeting and have not yet received your CME certificate, please contact the VSEPS office at 804-261-9890 or

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