Plan to join us in Hilton Head, South Carolina to experience …
Scientific sessions worth 15-20 CE hours;
practice management pre-congress, anesthesia for ophthalmologists lab and a
Friday Gala on the beach.
The ACVO warmly welcomes you to participate in the 42nd annual ACVO Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The conference will take place October 26 - 29, 2011 in the beautiful Hilton Head Marriott Resort. The program will include the expected modules such as the residents forum, general sessions and breakouts which espouse cutting edge research from our colleagues around the world. Attending this general meeting will earn registrants 19.5 continuing education credits.
Registration is now open. The call for papers will begin June 1st and conclude July 15th.
The memorial lecturer this year is Dr. Ivan Schwab...
Ivan R. Schwab M.D. F.A.C.S. is currently a professor at the University of California, Davis where he has worked as an Ophthalmologist for over twenty years. His strong interests in biology and natural history have led him to investigate a diverse range of topics including ocular stem cells, bioengineered tissues for the eye, and comparative optics and physiology. He has published extensively in these fields and, on a lighter note, was the winner of the 2006 Ig Nobel Prize for Ornithology, for explaining why woodpeckers don’t get headaches. Dr. Schwab will present an illuminating lecture on evolutionary adaptation of the eye.
"Anesthesia for Ophthalmologists" is the focus of the optional Sunday lab course...
Victoria Lukasik DACVA will present a 4 hour morning session including updates on anesthesia drugs (for instance alternatives to propofol for induction in case of repeat shortages, neuromuscular blockers on the horizon), and interactive case presentations - these follow the format of cases gradually presented with all clinical pathology findings, monitoring parameter changes during the procedure and discussion on troubleshooting problems as they arise. Members of ACVO's planning committee have attended similar sessions elsewhere and have found her presentations to be lively, entertaining and educational.
For the afternoon lab, for 2 hours the presentation will concentrate on the use of ventilators for IPPV. discussion and demonstration of means to troubleshoot monitoring equipment (esp. blood pressure and BP cuffs). The course content is being reviewed and comments or suggestions for topics to include during the anesthesia sessions are welcome at this early stage.
Residents Workshop on “Eyelid Surgery”...
Residents will welcome Dr. Frans Stades, Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from the Veterinary Specialist Centre of Wagenrenk, in the Netherlands for a 3 1/2 hour presentation on eyelid surgery. Dr. Stades is internationally renowned for his knowledge of veterinary ophthalmic surgery. Eyelid surgery is one of his areas of special interest and this should be an excellent opportunity for residents in training (and others) to hear from an expert in this field. More information will be available on this conference website in the near future.
Pre-conference Practice Management Courses...
This pre-conference course features Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM, President of KG Marketing & Training, Inc. presenting "5 Practical “Must Know” Ways to Use Social Media in a Specialty Practice." The course will be held in the afternoon, tentatively from 2pm-4pm.
"Practice Management for your ACVO/Merial Service Dog Event -
Increase your Return on Investment (ROI)!" Learn how you can make the Service Dog program a PR
success for your clinic and increase your ROI. Presented by Dr. Bill Miller and Fetching Communications, our PR firm for the event. There will also be time for discussion about what worked and what didn't on a local scale…sharing ideas for the last 15 minutes of the program.
It will be difficult to compete with the 2010 meeting's SeaWorld event, but we think you will enjoy this gathering. ACVO's Friday Gala will allow participants to enjoy the beautiful white beach flanking the hotel. We anticipate an outdoor event providing a fun chance to mingle on expansive, softly lit decking while enjoying pleasant background music. Those who revel in the lighter side of things may participate in the many beach games and activities that will be provided via the hotel (picture Bocci Ball, Limbo, horseshoes, among others...) Later that evening attendees could enjoy viewing the stars via telescopes overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
New this year!
* We will be digitally recording CE sessions for attendee benefit post-conference. The residents forum, general sessions, residents' workshop (Dr. Stades), the memorial lecturer (Dr. Schwab), Friday breakouts and the general practitioners session... perhaps even the didactic portion of the anesthesia lab will be recorded. Details are being worked out. Registered attendees will be allowed access with their registration for no additional fee. Those unable to attend will likely be allowed access to this content for a fee, one week post conference. Now attendees will be able to take advantage of all courses provided!
* The poster session will be fully expanded to two days, allowing up to 60 presentations.
* A photography competition will be held. More information is available here.
* An internet café will be provided in the Exhibit Hall.
* Audio visual aspects will be upgraded on site.
The location of the conference on Hilton Head Island is beautiful, yet would be considered one of our more remote locations. Plan to golf one of the many amazing professional courses on the island. Even though the location is a 40-50 minute drive from the Savannah, Georgia airport, we have found car rentals and shuttle fees to be very reasonable.
I would encourage everyone to also consider staying an extra day or two in Savannah, Georgia. The city is historically intriguing and just plain fun to explore.
Information regarding the meeting will be continually updated on this website. Alternatively you may contact the ACVO headquarters at email@example.com or +1-208-466-7624.
We hope you are able to attend!
ACVO Executive Director &
Planning Committee members