Webinar Series Launches for Eye Care Personnel

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Beginning September 1, 2009, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO®) and the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO®) will co-host monthly continuing education Webinars on current topics and treatment innovations in eye care. This new Webinar series targets the educational needs of ophthalmic allied health personnel, combining superior content and innovative online training resources.

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We are committed to providing eye care personnel with high quality, convenient continuing education resources with Webinars that reflect trends in learning and technology. Courses in this new medium maintain our quality educational standards, and make them more accessible to a broader audience of eye care professionals.

Beginning September 1, 2009, the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO®) and the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO®) will co-host monthly continuing education Webinars on current topics and treatment innovations in eye care. This new Webinar series targets the educational needs of ophthalmic allied health personnel, combining superior content and innovative online training resources.

According to a 2007 report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the web-based learning (e-learning) market will exceed $52 billion by 2010. In the U.S. alone, 2007 revenues surpassed $17 billion. Growing returns in web-based learning are marking a shift in the way training and continuing educational services are being delivered to audiences worldwide.

Eye care is a segment of health care experiencing an equally exponential level of growth. The number of patients is expected to surge over the next several years as baby boomers enter eye care's largest patient demographic: individuals aged 65 and over. This combination of rapidly changing technologies and emerging best practice procedures requires that personnel engage in continuing education on a regular basis. Creating innovative training modules is crucial for personnel and clinics to remain competitive.

The transition to online educational resources for ophthalmic medical personnel (OMP) has been in development for years. Merging interactive online education with valuable, standardized course content, however, remained a logistical challenge. Through continued research and course evaluation, JCAHPO leadership developed an online course curriculum in keeping with its strict standards of excellence.

"Our goal from the beginning has been to produce content that engages users and reflects JCAHPO's core educational principles," states JCAHPO President William H. Ehlers, MD. "We are committed to providing eye care personnel with high quality, convenient continuing education resources with Webinars that reflect trends in learning and technology. Courses in this new medium maintain our quality educational standards, and make them more accessible to a broader audience of eye care professionals."

Content for the Webinar series is topic-based, as part of the JCAHPO's expanding continuing education curriculum and commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for eye care professionals. Leadership notes that the new series serves two specific needs in the education of ophthalmic personnel.

"OMP need better access to continuing education resources that provide all the benefits of on-site training while reducing cost, travel, and personnel's time outside the practice," notes Ehlers. "These upcoming Webinars reinforce our ongoing commitment to providing educational solutions that improve the quality of training for OMP utilizing new technologies."

The first online course in the series, "Neuro-Ophthalmology Diagnoses That Can't Be Missed!" will be presented by JCAHPO Secretary of Education Karl Golnik, MD. The course features a one-hour presentation followed by a moderated question and answer session with the presenter. Successful completion of a post-webinar quiz earns participants 1 JCAHPO Group A credit. The cost of registration for each Webinar is $18.00. Over the next year, featured course topics will include:

  •     Neuro-Ophthalmology
  •     Glaucoma
  •     Coding
  •     E-Prescribing
  •     Optical/Dispensing
  •     General Surgery
  •     Pediatric
  •     Ocuplastics
  •     Contact Lenses
  •     Refractive/Cataract

Dr. Ehlers observes that JCAHPO and ATPO were logical partners for the new series.

"Both JCAHPO and ATPO recognize education and training of OMP as central to their missions. This new learning platform strengthens JCAHPO's commitment to improving the quality and availability of patient care through continuing education and certification for OMP," says Ehlers.

The organization's year long schedule is in the initial phase as part of a campaign to transition many continuing education resources online. Leadership notes that the series has been well-received among JCAHPO certificants and candidates.

Registration is now open for JCAHPO's Webinar series.

For additional information, visit http://www.jcahpo.org, http://www.atpo.org, or call (800) 284-3937.

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