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President's Welcome

Bobbi Ballenberg
COMT

On behalf of myself and the entire ATPO Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to the ATPO website. As Bob Dylan's iconic ballad states, "The Times They Are A Changin'" and so is the role of ophthalmic medical personnel. Over the next few years, we will continue to see great strides in technological advances, while feeling the pinch to streamline the delivery of quality eye care under a new healthcare system that is faced with a volatile global economy. As President of ATPO, I want to assure you that we are "focused on your future." to provide resources and "support beyond certification" to ensure that the members of our profession are prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead. That is also why it is so important that you get JCAHPO certified, join ATPO, and become an advocate for your profession. You can view this brief PowerPoint slide show about the benefits of ATPO membership and the value of JCAHPO certification:

Whether you are just browsing for the first time, or are an established member taking advantage of your 5 free continuing education credits, we hope you will take a few minutes to explore our recently updated website where you will find many useful tools to help further your career and allow you to become more involved with your professional association. The pull down menus across the top of the HOME page "About ATPO", "Education Resources", and "Membership" contain highly valuable information, as do the three boxes with quick links:
  • “BECOME A MEMBER” This lists the many member benefits and gives you links to the membership application. There are single and group membership options and a newly added joint membership for our colleagues in the Canadian Society of Ophthalmic Medical Personnel!
  • “CAREER CONNECTION” Your clinic can post a job opening with the ATPO/Local Eye Site Career Connection, or you can view job opportunities throughout the United States. The job openings are listed by state and description which makes it very easy to use.
  • “EARN CREDITS ONLINE” Every year when you renew your membership, you are eligible to earn 5 free CE credits. Login to the MEMBERS ONLY PAGE for a list of available courses. There are also links to the EyeCareCE website that has many additional courses for a nominal fee, the calendar of JCAHPO & ATPO webinars, and listings for local and regional continuing education programs. You will also find opportunities to apply for a $500 travel grant to attend ATPO’s Scientific Session and Grand Rounds Meeting in New Orleans Nov. 16-17, 2013 to assist you with travel expenses.
Finally, please note the gold bar that says, "MEMBERS ONLY LOGIN". It is here that you will have access to the most recent Salary and Benefits Report, Complimentary CE Credits, and the ATPO Viewpoints library which has all the issues of our magazine in PDF format. If you need a login and password, please call (800) 482-4858.

Again, welcome to ATPO! We are your organization and want to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to email anyone on the Board of Directors with your ideas, concerns, or to volunteer to be on one of our committees. We’re looking forward to serving you and making ATPO the best it can be!

Sincerely,
Bobbi Ballenberg, COMT
ATPO President


 

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