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 President's Message

35th Annual Scientific Meeting
June 8 - 9, 2018
Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel
Virginia Beach, VA

Dear Colleagues,

It is with the highest regard for you and our profession that I urge you today, to join us for the first time or to renew your membership to the Virginia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. As your President, along with our dedicated and capable Board of Directors, it is our intent to welcome you, engage you, inform you and enlist all of our very talented and capable ophthalmologists across this state to JOIN VSEPS in our crusade to lead from the front on healthcare reform on a national, state and local level.  To do so, we need your full engagement! Here’s how to reap the rewards of membership!

Advocacy:  Your participation is critical to our future and our mission to lead from the front.  This means your active support and membership in VSEPS, your fiscal investment in Ophthpac contributions which helps us shape national payment reforms, Surgery by Surgeons contributions to ensure surgery is done by those with the highest level of education and training, and your generous contribution to our State EyePac which give us a presence and a voice on every piece of legislation on the agenda of Capitol Hill in Richmond.  We made significant strides in COPN reform and we are currently taking the lead to introduce statewide reform of DMV reporting requirements for visually impaired drivers to keep our pedestrians, cyclists and drivers safe.   We are also keeping a watchful eye on pharmacy compounding regulations at both at the federal and state levels.  We are always happy to introduce you to your legislators. The Fall is a great time to establish these connections. VSEPS welcomes all members to join us every January on Capitol Hill for White Coats on Call Day. We’d love to see you at the Mid-year Forum: Join us in April 2018 in Washington DC and be an advocate at the national level alongside the AAO.   We are clearly moving the needle on payment reform.  We are no longer going to be the victims of unintended regulatory consequences; rather, now we are seated at the table as co- creators of meaningful payment reform. 

Education and Fellowship:  Join us for fun & CME at our annual scientific meeting to be held in Virginia Beach in June 2018!  Our meetings are always on the cutting edge and a lot of fun too! Your 10% OMIC discount pays for the meeting. We aim to keep you on top of your game and ahead of the curve to ensure your practice remains profitable, viable and even joyful in these rapidly changing times. We also appreciate your generous contributions to our newly created Foundation which supports our mission to provide you with phenomenal annual educational meetings and supports our Young Ophthalmologists (YO’s) and residents on mission trips.  And please bring your techs, reward them, invest in them and keep them stimulated with our concurrent tech meeting put on by VSOMP! And don’t forget the annual coding course! Worth its’ weight in Gold!

Join us today!  I cannot wait to meet you in person at any of the aforementioned events!  We are here for you!

Truly yours,
Suzanne M Everhart DO



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Meeting Highlights!!

International Ophthalmology - How Low Cost Eye Care Can Be World Class
R.D. Thualsiraj, PGDM,
Executive Director of Aravind Eye Care System, Tamil Nadu, India, gives TED Talk

Victoria Sheffield, President & CEO of IEF, to discuss The Right to Sight Initiative -- Vision 2020

Education and Inspiration
Andrew Go Lee, MD Talks Neuro-Ophthalmology, Leadership

Verification of Attendance: For information on CME certificates from past VSEPS scientific meetings, please click here.

            2018 Virginia General Assembly Update - VSEPS Protects Patient Safety in Virginia
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Protect Patient Safety!
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VSEPS Fights for Increased DMV Vision Requirements, Protections for Healthcare Providers Reporting Impaired Drivers to DMV

VSEPS joined forces with the Medical Society of Virginia to advocate for legislation to improve driver safety and to protect physicians and other healthcare providers who report impaired drivers to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The impetus behind these public safety efforts was VSEPS member and Richmond based pediatric ophthalmologist, Ed Wortham, MD, whose daughter was killed by a vision-impaired driver. VSEPS worked with Juan Astruc, MD, who served on the DMV’s medical board, Dr. Wortham, and the Medical Society of Virginia to pursue reforms. Continued

VSEPS & MSV Guard Physician Decision-Making, Technology, Patients

VSEPS and the Medical Society of Virginia fought for significant changes in proposed legislation that could have significantly interfered with patient access to new health technology and physician decision-making. The Virginia Optometric Association initiated bills that intended to outlaw technology that allows patients to get a refraction and prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses over the internet. VSEPS successfully advocated for changes to protect developing telehealth technologies and the doctor-patient relationship. Continued

VSEPS Members in the News

Shannon McCole, MD was recently recognized as a 2018 Health Care Hero. Click here to read the recent article in The Hampton Roads Business Journal.

Upcoming Events

The 16th Annual Advances in Ophthalmology
The John Dickerson Lectureship

April 28, 2018 at Eastern Virginia Medical School

For ophthalmologists, ophthalmologists in training, COMTs, COTs, COAs

For details, click here

FYI - 2018 Membership Renewals:
Dues notices for 2018 will be mailed. To renew your VSEPS dues online, or for more information on how to join, please select the blue "Register" menu tab at the top of this page.


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