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President's Update: July/August 2018

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The ongoing mission of CSEPS is to promote excellence in patient care through advocacyeducationand fostering professional fellowship.  We strive to achieve this noble mission through a variety of methods that are relevant and practical to you as a practicing eye physician in Colorado. So what have we been doing to attain these goals recently? 

 

Advocacy

We are constantly monitoring potential legislation that may impact you and your ability to provide the best care for your patients. With the adjournment of the 2018 legislative session on May 1st, our focus is shifting toward the election cycle and maintaining a base of support for ophthalmology at the capitol.  Building relationships with freshman legislators and reinforcing friendships with veteran lawmakers is crucial to ensuring strong support for ophthalmology in our state.  

 

As president of CSEPS, one my priorities is to double down on these efforts to maximize our voice at the capitol. Our society leadership has excelled in this endeavor in years past, but I need your help to ensure success in the future. During the current election cycle we need CSEPS members who can help develop and bolster these friendships for our profession. Our society can provide you with the campaign check, you just need to give 30 minutes of your time to meet and sit down with your local legislator and provide some real-life experiences of what a Colorado ophthalmologist does to improve and save vision in our state.  Although this may sound daunting to some, I am still amazed at how laid back and rewarding these interactions can be and what a lasting positive impact we can leave. If you have an interest in getting involved as an advocate, please email our executive director, Chet Seward at to get more information. 

 

Education

In September, CSEPS will again partner with the University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology to deliver their 22ndannual Ophthalmology Symposium.  The ACCME accredited course will include a mixed format of didactic lectures, open forums on high yield topics, and challenging case discussions.  Course lecturers include department faculty as well as five invited nationally renowned experts from different ophthalmology subspecialties. Members of CSEPS receive a discount on registration for this course. Complete meeting information and registration is available, so register now


Fostering professional fellowship

Last month, CSEPS held a lively social mixer at Top Golf in Centennial. Despite the heat, members in attendance enjoyed some excellent food and drink while socializing with colleagues. While the top golfers will not be revealed on this newsletter, I am confident everyone released a healthy amount of stress on the golf balls that day.  Stay tuned for future social events coming up in the fall/winter.

 

Finally, I want to thank you for your membership in CSEPS – it is an essential step toward achieving our collective vision for our profession and the patients we care for.

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