The following recommendations are made by members of International Vision Expo’s Young Professionals Advisory Group:
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Jordan Edwards, Frame Purchasing Manager and Special Projects Coordinator, The EyeDoctors
Matt Geller, OD, Lakeside Eyecare, Co-founder & CEO CovalentCareers.com and NewGradOptometry.com - NewGradMedia, LLC
Faheem Inayatali, OD, Eye Center of Houston
Margot Lanham, Sales Manager, ABOC, Ulla Eyewear
Quy Nguyen, Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment, SUNY College of Optometry
Kristin O’Brien, OD, Vision Source of GVR
Casey Wilgenbush, Student, ICO, Immediate Past President of Student Optometric Leadership Network (SOLutioN)
Recommendations for OD members of YPC
10L5 - Ocular Surface Disease: Developing a Strategy for Diagnosis and Treatment of OSD presented by Marc Bloomenstein, OD, Paul Karpecki, OD and Jack Schaeffer, OD
Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “OSD has become a hot topic. It's not just about knowing what to diagnose, but how to implement, which is often the most difficult part. It’s part of the FREE! Ocular Surface Disease & Wellness Symposium.”
11B3 – How to Measure and Improve Team Productivity presented by Jerry Hayes
Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “It’s critical to measure ROI in your practice and without knowing your practice’s productivity, you cannot get an objective measure of success.”
11C6 - Alternative Treatment Options to Common Ocular Disease: What Works and What Doesn't presented by Scot Morris
Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “Sometimes the conventional doesn't work for everyone. It’s nice to know what else we can try or have as plan B.”
12B3 – Individual Choices: The Guide to Multiple Pair Sales presented by Carol Norbeck
Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Doctor driven dispensing is the way to drive multiple pair sales. This is key for being an asset in a new practice. No sales, no job for you!”
13C2 - How to Develop a Dry Eye Center presented by Whitney Hauser, OD
Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: “Any new grad will start to realize that dry eyes is not only a debilitating condition for some; many people are affected by it daily. Learning to develop a Dry Eye Center will help you create a niche, as well as gain new patients, and get them to come see you regularly to manage the condition."
20C1 - Amniotic Membranes in the Optometric Practice presented by Douglas Devries and Walter Whitley
Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “It’s newer in the market but a great practice builder.”
22B2 - Implement Disney Management Into Your Practice presented by Peter Shaw-McMinn
Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “The reductions of reimbursements are straining our profit margins, and I think if you are looking to create a concierge-like atmosphere, this will help create strategy.”
22B6 - The Future of How We Will Be Paid Under the New MACRA and How To Prepare For It! presented by Jay Henry and Philip Gross
Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: “We all know healthcare is changing, and rapidly. In order for us to better care for our patients and keep our practices healthy, we need to stay updated and learn to be adaptive.”
22C5 - Brand vs. Generic - Are They Really Different? presented by Eric Schmidt
Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “I didn't learn about this in school. When it comes to patient co-pays, it’s always difficult to know what is better and if there’s a difference.”
23B3 – Success Secrets of High Producing ODs presented by Jerry Hayes
Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Success goes beyond the exam room. Here are the habits and philosophies along with tangible practices of the most successful.”
23B4 – The Elusive Handoff: Capture More Sales presented by Mark Hinton
Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Having an interface with your optician and having a smooth handoff will help increase eyewear sales.”
23B5 - Best of OD's on Facebook: Practice Management Pearls moderated by Gary Gerber with panelists: April Jasper, Neil Gailmard, Mark Wright and Alan Glazier
Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: “There's a lot of great pearls on ODonFB. What better way than attending a session to get the best ones from some of my favorite speakers?"
24C6 - Going Viral EKC and HSV presented by Nate Lighthizer
Recommended by Kristin O’Brien, OD, she says: “I feel like this a weakness of mine personally and can be sight threatening if missed. It’s important to be on top of.”
25B1 – The Secret to Hiring Right presented by Valerie Manso
Recommended by Matt Geller, OD, he says: “Learning the HR basics while you are a new grad is important. Learn early and build your base skills.”
25B6 - Mastering the Art of Utilizing Scribes, Cross Training and Delegation presented by Neil Gailmard
Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “If efficiency is what you are looking for, look no further than assigning a scribe to help with your patient care.”
25C1 - The Optometrist's Guide to Cataract and Refractive Surgery presented by Marc Bloomenstein
Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: “If you're considering any sort of co-management at all in your practices, this will be a great talk to get you up to speed! This is a good way to be multi-dimensional and valuable for those considering adding on co-management responsibilities with OMDs.”
26C5 - Amniotic Membranes: Why, How and When? presented by William Marcolini
Recommended by Quy Nguyen, he says: “During my first 2 years practicing after graduating, I started to realize the importance of amniotic membranes, especially in cases of severe corneal keratopathies. More and more ODs are starting to include amniotic membranes in their management of anterior segment disorders; this will be a great course for new graduates!"
32B5 - How To Differentiate Your Practice and WOW Your Patients presented by April Jasper
Recommended by Faheem Inayatali, OD, he says: “I feel this is a great way to build internal loyalty and practice branding.”
The following were best sellers at East for Young Professionals Club Members and will also be offered at West.
23C2 – The Greatest Anterior Segment Disease and Medical Management of Contact Lens Complications Course - Ever! presented by Charlie Ficco, Marc Bloomenstein and Jack Schaeffer
25C2 – Getting The Most Out of Your OCT For Retina, Glaucoma and Anterior Segment: Diagnosis, Management and Progression presented by Ben Gaddie, Dave Kading and Mark Dunbar
34C7 – Choosing the Right Agent in the Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease presented by Derek Cunningham
32C5 – The Greatest Posterior Segment Disease Course - Ever! presented by Derek Cunningham
33C1 – So Now What? Decision Making in Retinal Disease presented by Jay Haynie and Diana Shechtman
32C2 – Lightning Rounds in Anterior Segment Disease presented by Eric Schmidt, Kirk Smick, Charlie Ficco, Louise Sclafani and Douglas Devries
45C1 – What Not to Refer presented by Zachary McCarty
24C7 – New Directions in Glaucoma Diagnostics and Treatments presented by Ben Gaddie
42C4 – Current Trends in Medical Management presented by Ron Melton and Randall Thomas
44C1 – Advanced Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Surface Disease and Tear Dysfunction presented by Arthur Epstein
Recommendations for Optician, Buyer and Staff members of YPC
11O2- Tips for Working With Higher Powered and Larger Spectacle Lenses presented by Laurie Pierce
Recommended by Jordan Edwards and Margot Lanham, Jordan said: “Larger frames are really on trend, and I think it's important to understand how these styles will affect the patient's spectacle lenses.”
25B5- The Greatest Social Media Marketing Course Ever presented by Alan Glazier
Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: “I took this class at Vision Expo East. As promised, it is the greatest social media marketing course you can take in 2 hours!”
31B1- Must Have Eyewear Fashion Trends for 2017 presented by Joy Gibb
Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: “I like to take this class every year to keep up on current trends and see what is coming out of NY Fashion Week. This class helps me with my purchasing decisions for the following year and keeps the product I stock on trend.”
33B4- Manage Your Frame Board, Don't Let It Manage You presented by Sharon Carter
Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: “Managing your frame boards is critical to streamlining your inventory process and creating positive vendor relationships. Sharon Carter is a phenomenal speaker, so I have no doubt this will be an exciting and informative class.”
41B2- Building High Performing Optical Teams presented by Trudi Charest
Recommended by Jordan Edwards, she says: “For most practices, the optical is the money maker. Having an outstanding optical team is key to maximizing profit and patient retention.”
The following are recommended by Margot Lanham
11B1 - Tips and Tricks to Better Purchasing presented by Carol Norbeck
12B3 - Individual Choices - The Guide To Multiple Pair Sales presented by Carol Norbeck
13O1 - The Physiological and Optical Problems and Solutions of the Elderly Eye presented by Raymond Dennis
26O2 - Visualizing the Finished Eyeglasses presented by Edward De Gennaro
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