News and Updates

Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC
Sergina Flaherty, COMT, OSC, of San Antonio, TX, will serve as the 35th President of the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology, Inc. (ATPO®) beginning August 1, 2016. Ms. Flaherty succeeds Christine McDonald, COA, COE, ROUB, OSC, of St. Louis, MO, who served from 2015-16. View the Press Release

WATCH FOR OUR MONTHLY MEMO
In the Monthly Memo, you will find many of the features formerly contained in ATPO Viewpoints® magazine such as: Member Spotlight, Tech Tips, a crossword puzzle, and other educational information. 

Do you know of an outstanding ATPO member who’s doing really great things inside or outside of the ophthalmology world? Let us know so we may “spotlight” them. Be a part of our organization and submit items or member spotlights to TWier@jcahpo.org. All items will be considered.

ATTEND THE ONE CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT THAT OFFERS IT ALL - ATPO’S SCIENTIFIC SESSION & GRAND ROUNDS
Come and find out why everyone loves ATPO’s Scientific Session & Grand Rounds featured each fall in conjunction with JCAHPO’s annual continuing education program. No more running from classroom to classroom, at our meeting, the speakers come to you! You will enjoy a variety of 30-minute presentations both Saturday and Sunday, and registration includes a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. Participate in the SuperTech Game show to end the day – it is fun, challenging, and educational!

WRITTEN AND PRACTICAL CERTIFICATION EXAM REVIEW SESSIONS
ATPO offers both Written and Practical Certification Review Sessions to help attendees prepare for the COA®, COT®, and COMT® examinations at the Annual Meetings. The Written Review Sessions provide attendees with a general review of content areas covered on the exams. It does not provide test questions or any specifics about the exam – it only reviews content.

ATPO offers the Written Certification Review Sessions each year at the annual ASCRS meeting.

ATPO also hosts COT and COMT Practical Review Sessions. During the COT Sessions, attendees have their own computer and work with simulations very similar to the actual JCAHPO COT Exam. The COMT Practical provides hands-on workstations and expert volunteers to assist participants in five skill areas. The one-on-one interaction in both the COT and COMT has been found to be very valuable.

ATPO TRAVEL GRANT DEADLINE
Did you know? ATPO provides up to three $500 travel grants to attend the Scientific Session and Grand Rounds. If your resources are limited – this is a great way to get financial assistance to attend ATPO’s meeting!

Applicants must submit a 500-800 word, typed and double-spaced essay. It is not as difficult as it may sound. Visit the JCAHPO Education and Research Foundation for more information.

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR ATPO’s COT AND COMT PRACTICAL REVIEW SESSIONS
If you are planning to attend ACE, ATPO needs volunteers for its COT Practical and COMT Practical Review sessions. You must be certified as a COT to assist with the COT simulation and as a COMT for the COMT Practical. Please contact Tami Wier if you are interested in volunteering: TWier@jcahpo.org.

ATPO FELLOW AWARD - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
ATPO encourages its members to submit nominations for the prestigious ATPO Fellow Award. The award is intended to honor and respect the significant contributions made by the contributor. Criteria for the Fellow Award include:
The nominee must be certified for a minimum of 10 years
The nominee must have demonstrated national prominent leadership in ATPO (influence and achievement in clinical practice, education or science)
The nominee must have made significant contributions to ATPO and the profession
The nominator must be an ATPO regular member in good standing. Visit ATPO  for the Fellow nominations form. The deadline is February 16, 2016.

Contact Tami Wier at 800-482-4858 for more information.