Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course

Sponsored By: Massachusetts Society of Optometrists

July 31 - October 17, 2021

Welcome to our Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course webinar series offering 20 hours clinical education & 40 hours Didactic education beginning on July 31st. Virtual instructor-led and recorded courses available via LMS.

Course Sponsor

Allergan an AbbVie company Academic Partnership

Course Information

Certification Course Board Policy

The State Board of Registration in Optometry (The Board) has now posted their policy on their website.

The Board has approved an additional Certification course to be offered from the MSO in 2022. Date to be determined.

Applications for Post Graduate (residency) and Endorsement (reciprocity) exemptions from the education are now available. If you are applying for these exemptions get your application in ASAP. Exemption Application link, https://www.mass.gov/doc/glaucoma-certification-application/download .

If you have questions on exemption please contact Thomas Burke, Executive Director of the State Board at: Thomas.F.Burke@mass.gov

Massachusetts optometrists that hold a license from another state my apply for reciprocity if they have a current and continuous license in another jurisdiction AND they can demonstrate equivalent scope of practice and education to the Massachusetts Glaucoma and orals statute. Please see the State Board website for the exact language and applications. These will be reviewed by the State Board of Registration in Optometry on a case by case basis.

For anyone applying for Post Graduate, Endorsement, or Dual licensure exemptions, and are denied for any reason, the Board has granted you some leeway. These candidates will have until August 20th to join the 2021 Certification Course in progress. This extension is not available to everyone but only those who were denied exemption. These candidates will still have to complete all the modules and take all the quizzes and final examination.

The Schedule for the Clinical portion will be released by late summer.

Remember, You do not have to view the lectures during the Live webinar if it doesn't fit your schedule. This course allows you to study all the modules on your own time leading up to the final examination.

Didactic:

Course ModuleDateTime
Mandatory LMS Introduction Wed July 21 7:30- 9 pm
Module 1 Sat July 31 8a-12pm
Module 2 Sun Aug. 1 8a-12pm
Module 3 Sun Aug. 8 8a-12pm
Module 4 Sat Aug. 14 8a-12pm
Module 5 Sun Aug. 22 8a-12pm
Module 6 Sat Aug. 28 8a-12pm
Module 7 Sun Sept. 12 8a-12pm
Module 8 Sat Sept. 18 8a-12pm
Trade Show ** Sun Sept. 19 8a-12pm
Module 9 Sun Sept. 26 8a-12pm
Module 10 Sun Oct. 3 8a-12pm
     
Final Exam Option #1 Sun Oct. 17 9a-11am
Final Exam Option #2 Wed Oct. 27 7p-9pm

** Attendance is optional.

Modules are evenly spread between Saturday and Sunday morning hours. We avoided modules on Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends. The Mandatory LMS introduction is scheduled for an evening. Please plan on attending to maximize your ease of taking the course. We give two weeks from module ten to the Final examination. This allows for adequate time for the applicant to study. We give a morning and evening option for the final examination. We urge everyone to try to take the Final exam option #1; this will give you the chance to re-take the examination if needed.

The Clinical will begin approximately three weeks after the didactic final examination. The exact Clinical schedule will be released in the late summer.

Registration Deadline for the Certification Course will be midnight on

July 12, 2021. Please register at your earliest convenience.

Registration - Closed 7/12/2021 Midnight

The Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course registration opens on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. The course is scheduled to begin on or before July 31, 2021. There will be a mandatory instructional webinar in July to learn the LMS system. If you have questions about reciprocity or in regard to a Residency you completed, please contact the Massachusetts Board of Optometry directly to determine if you need to take the certification course.

To take advantage of MSO member rates and discounts, your membership account needs to be in good standing. Additionally, one year of full MSO membership dues is required.

  • Members $999.00
  • Non- Members $1999.00
  • MSO Member Recent Graduates $199.00

Please make sure your primary email address is up to date prior to registering for this course. The email address on your account will be the email address that will be used for the Learning Management System. All Massachusetts Optometrists have an AOA profile and account number regardless of your membership status. Please do not create a new account when registering.

The MSO Glaucoma and Orals Certification course fee in non-refundable.

Registration Closed 7/12/2021 Midnight

Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course Sponsorship Opportunities

A booth at the live Trade show is included with all sponsorship levels

Title Sponsor

  • Five - 5 minute presentations throughout the Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course.
  • Full screen opening and closing logo.
  • Prominent logo display and recognition as a Title Sponsor on the MSO Glaucoma and Orals Course web page and on all advertisements and announcements.
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement by the moderator at the beginning and end of each meeting session.
  • List of attendees with their email addresses at the completion of the Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course.
  • Opportunity to provide a Glaucoma starter kit, or samples for all participants.
  • Opportunity to provide supplemental educational materials.


Presenting Sponsor

  • Sponsor and collaborate to showcase your equipment related to the clinical education module.
  • Opportunity to speak for 5 minutes at your clinical education module.
  • Prominent logo placement on presentation cover slide for each meeting.
  • Prominent logo display and recognition as a sponsor on the MSO Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course web page.
  • Provide a one page promotion item or coupon for each course participant.
  • Sponsorship acknowledgement by the moderator at the beginning and end of each meeting.
  • List of attendees with email addresses at the completion of the Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course.


Premier Sponsor

  • Opportunity to speak for 5 minutes at one of the Glaucoma and Orals meetings.
  • Prominent logo placement on presentation cover slide for each meeting.
  • Prominent logo display and recognition as a sponsor on the MSO Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course web page.
  • List of attendees with email addresses at the completion of the Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course.


SPONSORSHIP REGISTRATION

Please contact the MSO staff for the password to complete your MSO Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course sponsorship registration. Thank you.

Course & Sponsor Contact Information

Wayne E. Zakha, OD
Diplomate, ABO
Executive Director, MA Society of Optometrists
dr.z@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900

Jessica Bertrand
Continuing Education Administrator
MA Society of Optometrists
jessica@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900
Gary Y. Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO
Vice President, Professional Affairs
New England College of Optometry
chu@neco.edu
617-587-5541

Kimberly Carvalho

Director of Development
New England College of Optometry
carvalhok@neco.edu
617-587-5612

Lynda Mili

Office Manager
MA Society of Optometrists
Lynda@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900

Course & Sponsor Contact Information


Wayne E. Zakha, OD
Diplomate, ABO
Executive Director, MA Society of Optometrists
dr.z@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900

Jessica Bertrand
Continuing Education Administrator
MA Society of Optometrists
jessica@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900

Lynda Mili
Office Manager
MA Society of Optometrists
Lynda@maoptometry.org
508-875-7900
Gary Y. Chu, OD, MPH, FAAO
Vice President, Professional Affairs
New England College of Optometry
chu@neco.edu
617-587-5541


Kimberly Carvalho

Director of Development
New England College of Optometry
carvalhok@neco.edu
617-587-5612

Town Hall Meeting


Trade Show Exhibitors


TopConHealthcare MMarco Zeiss Optovue Lombart Instruments
Allergan an AbbVie company Academic Partnership Cooper Vision Glaukos Lumenis Energy to Healthcare IDOC independent together

MSO Trade Show
Sunday, September 19, 2021

$2500.00
The Trade Show is included, at no additional cost, in all Sponsorship levels of the Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course.

  • One exhibit booth table.
  • Logo placement, contact and resource information on the course Learning Management System.
  • Logo display and recognition as a Trade Show Sponsor on the MSO Glaucoma and Orals Certification Course web page.

Time:8:00 AM - 12 Noon
Location:
MCPHS University Ballroom
10 Lincoln Square
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608


Course Goals and Objectives:
This 40-hour post-graduate course will augment the knowledge of the optometrist to use or prescribe pharmaceutical agents for the purposes of diagnosing, treating, and managing glaucoma and other ocular abnormalities of the human eye and adjacent tissue. New diagnostic criteria will be discussed along with a thorough overview of new imaging technologies, new pharmaceutical agents and drug delivery systems, new surgical interventions, and cultural and social implications in the care of patients in the 21st century.

Clinical application of pharmaceutical agents used in the treatment of glaucoma and the use of oral anti-infectives for managing the ocular effects of certain systemic conditions will be presented in depth. Emphasis will be placed on the safe, effective, and practical clinical application of these treatments in the primary care optometric setting. Indications for use, contraindications, side effects, and drug interactions will be discussed. The program also includes a discussion of generally accepted referral criteria for options beyond medical management of the glaucomas, including laser treatments, filtration surgery, and the implantation of microvalves and shunts.

The successful completion of this course will qualify experienced optometric practitioners to safely and conscientiously care for their patients through the development of critical thinking skills that will enhance their decision-making ability in treating and managing glaucoma as well as other ocular abnormalities of the eye and adjacent tissues.

Goals of the course:
Understand the clinical application of topical and oral therapeutic agents used in the treatment of glaucoma and other ocular disorders and be able to recognize and manage adverse side effects.
Apply the standard of care and clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of glaucoma.
Be confident in making clinical decisions in all aspects of diagnosis, treatment, and management of glaucoma and other ocular abnormalities of the eye and adjacent tissue.
Provide patient education and counseling to patients who are at risk or diagnosed with glaucoma and patients who have other ocular abnormalities of the eye and adjacent tissue that require intervention.

Format and Final Grade:
The course will consist of 10 four-hour modules that can be taken either as a live webinar or in an asynchronous video format. Participants will have access to the recorded videos, slide deck and other curated and developed materials in a learning management system that will facilitate learning for the adult learner. At the end of each module, there will be a quiz. The final grade will be weighted ⅓ for quizzes and ⅔ for the final examination. The final examination will be an open resource, cumulative examination that will cover materials offered during the entire course