Under the auspices of OEPF yearly regional 2-day Congresses are organized in various regions of the United States. These congresses provide participants with Continuous Education (CE) as well as a wide array of interesting topics.
Seminars are presented by professionals in the field and all presentations have been reviewed and approved by the Congressional Education Committee.
Typically, the Congresses are scheduled when the regional Congress committee learns of interest in certain topics. For more information contact Dana Miller
Check the OEPF online calendar for upcoming Regional Congresses.
Regional Congress Coordinators:
Colorado Conference on Vision
Jennifer Redmond, O.D.
Eastern States Congress
Stuart Rothman, O.D.
Great Lakes Congress
Jeffrey Getzell, O.D.
Heart of America
Jane Philbrook, O.D.
Steve Gallop, O.D
Catherine Kennedy, O.D.
Eric Hussey, O.D.
Christa Roser, O.D.
Fred Brecheen, O.D.
Donald Januik, O.D.
Lyna Dyson, Vision Therapist
Kraskin Invitational Skeffington Symposium (KISS)
Jeff Kraskin, O.D.
Check the OEPF online calendar for the next KISS Meeting
Conference on Clinical Vision Care (CCVC)
Howard Bacon, O.D.
The Conference on Clinical Vision Care (CCVC) is held on the campus of Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, Tennessee, every July. Many refer to it simply as, "The Memphis Meeting."
CCVC is a unique meeting that draws attendees from all over the world. Students and Residents are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. CCVC is unlike most CE events you've attended, it's interactive and invites participation-- everyone is a speaker, and alternately, everyone is a listener as well.
A general topic is announced each year, enticing attendees to come check out this one-of-a-kind event. Once everyone comes together in Memphis, the questions for the conference are revealed and the groups are assigned. Small groups are created and assigned a group leader. The groups disperse to various areas of the SCO campus where they can spread out, discuss, demonstrate, plan, and create- whatever is necessary. Everyone in the group has a voice and shares their experiences-- whether a student, a retired practitioner, a faculty member, a therapist, everyone one can and does contribute.
Later, (with ample breaks and delicious refreshments provided) the small groups come back together as a large group and present their "answers." As a large group we listen, question, share, and discuss. No one person or group has THE ANSWER (often there isn't ONE answer) -- but themes and patterns start to emerge, and consensus is reached. Ideas for future research and exploration are realized.
The evenings bring ample time to socialize and enjoy the company of colleagues and friends. There is always time for some Memphis BBQ, touring the iconic sites of Memphis, a trip to Beale Street to take in some live music, etc.
CCVC is enjoyable for many reasons-- the location, the hospitality, the interactions, the (optometric) family, the new friends, and the growth and learning! We hope you join us this July for a meeting unlike any other!
CCVC is sponsored by the Optometric Extension Program Foundation and Southern College of Optometry
Check the OEPF online calendar for the next CCVC
National Affiliated Meeting & Congress Coordinator:
Fred Brecheen, O.D.
Brecheen Learning & Vision Center
190 Civic Circle, Suite 100
Lewisville, TX 75067
972 221 2564
National Affiliated Meeting & Congress Board Liason:
Robert Hohendorf, O.D.