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President's update: Jan/Feb 2018 – One step

Posted By Leo Seibold, MD, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Greetings fellow Colorado ophthalmologists, 

Leonard Seibold, MD

It's hard to believe we are already into February of the new year! Time certainly waits for no man, and only seems to pick up steam with each passing day. With this in mind, we have to remind ourselves to seize the opportunities of each day before we find ourselves at the end of year wondering where it all went.  
As I take the helm for CSEPS in 2018, I would like to congratulate and thank our outgoing president, Alan Kimura, for his skillful leadership in the year past. He epitomizes what an advocate should be and has remained committed to service for our profession and our patients.

One of the most inspiring speakers during the AAO leadership development meeting was a man who is helping to lead the fight against human trafficking in the United States. As a successful businessman he had no experience whatsoever in fighting these atrocities, but he knew it was wrong, and he simply took "one step" to do something about it. That "one step" led to the next one, and so on until his rudimentary but inspired efforts led to the creation of an international foundation dedicated to this humanitarian mission. It was an inspiring story that resounded with me and exemplifies the profound impact of simply taking that initial step. 

The mission of CSEPS is to promote excellence in patient care through advocacy, education, and fostering professional fellowship. We can only accomplish this through your membership and engagement. So as your new CSEPS president for 2018, I invite all of you to join me in taking just "one step" forward for our noble profession. No matter what your past involvement has been, there are a number of ways you can do that this year.

  • If you have been sitting on the sidelines, take that first step toward joining ranks with your fellow ophthalmologists as a member of CSEPS. 
  • If you have been a member but never participated in any program, make your one step be attending one of the many educational, practice management and social events held throughout the year. 
  • If you are already a participating member, consider making that next step in serving on our board of directors or becoming an advocate at the state or national level.
  • Connect with your local representative and invite them to your clinic and operating room to bolster support for ophthalmology and our patients in the legislature. 

Sometimes that first step is the most difficult one to take, but it may start you on the path to achieve feats you never thought possible. So, take that first step with me, and let's see what we can accomplish together in 2018.

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