I hope this letter finds you well.
As you are aware, medicine is a team sport, and we need you on our team.
Membership in VSEPS is about making vital connections, networking, and learning from colleagues. Keeping abreast of critical legislative and regulatory concerns on the state and federal levels. Your volunteer board of directors is committed to promoting ophthalmology and developing new opportunities for collegiality and professional education.
In support of professional education, we collaborated with UVA Ophthalmology on a resident research symposium and the annual Humphries Symposium. We look forward to similar collaborations with Eastern Virginia Medical School on the Dickerson Lecture and VCU Ophthalmology. And after a brief hiatus, we plan to resume our annual conference in 2024. We’re also pursuing more opportunities for regional and virtual education.
On the advocacy front, we’re continuing to see significant threats to patient safety and timely access to high quality vision care. VSEPS has been at the forefront advocating for appropriate surgical training in medical school for ophthalmic surgeons, COPN reforms, prior authorization, step therapy and surprise billing. VSEPS also has been active at the state and federal levels urging appropriate reimbursements for ophthalmic care. Please help us continue these efforts by donating to our Patient Advocacy Fund.
The 2024 General Assembly will bring with it significant change, a result of redistricting and retirements. It is more crucial than ever that we support candidates that share our focus on patient safety and educate others on our issues and concerns. One way you can help is by donating to Virginia EyePAC; your donations help us support candidates who support us and give us a seat and a voice in the legislative process.
Now, more than ever, your membership in VSEPS is critical. Please renew your membership. Encourage your colleagues to become involved as well. We cannot do all of this without your help.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kapil Kapoor, VSEPS President