Academy 2012 Phoenix Education

All CE, All the Time® means that Academy 2012 Phoenix attendees can get CE credit by attending any Academy session: lectures, workshops, papers, posters, special events and symposia. The Academy's continuing education is submitted to both COPE and CE Broker (Florida).

Program at a Glance Education Grid 

Download the final Education Grid for Academy 2012 Phoenix.


Special Events

Plenary: "Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice"
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Wednesday, October 24, Noon - 2:00 PM
The Plenary Session has become the place for attendees to learn about a general disease or health issue. As one in 110 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, this is a health issue that can't help but affect your practice or your research. First Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH, a nationally-sought after expert in autism who will give an overview of this disorder from a clinical perspective. David G. Amaral, PhD, will then provide an overview of the current state of knowledge on the disorder giving some perspective as to what is fact and what is fiction. Seating will be limited at this luncheon event, so be sure to check the box for your ticket when registering!

Monroe J. Hirsch Research Symposium, co-sponsored by the Research Committee and the Low Vision Section
"Not Your Grandmother's Macular Degeneration: Current Issues in AMD"
Thursday, October 25, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
The entire framework for Age-Related Macular Degeneration has shifted dramatically in the last 15 years, enhancing our understanding of the etiology, genetics, and treatments for AMD. That changing landscape will be reviewed, looking back at important milestones, while looking forward to what the future may hold. Our expert speakers will discuss those areas, including how new treatments for AMD are influencing the ways in which optometrists encounter and care for AMD patients. Speakers include Maureen Maguire, PhD, from the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Judith Goldstein, OD, from the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and Marco Zarbin, MD, PhD, of the Institute of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, New Jersey Medical School.

Awards Program & Lectures
Friday, October 26, 8:00 - 10:00 AM
You are invited to attend the anticipated Awards Program where the best in optometry and vision science are honored for their research and dedication to the profession. Celebrate in the excitement and camaraderie as these highly regarded recipients receive prestigious awards from the Academy.

The Glenn A. Fry and Charles F. Prentice Award recipients will give presentations on their research findings. Continental breakfast will be provided. One hour of CE credit is earned by attending both hours of the program.

2012 Merton C. Flom Leadership InSight Courses

Generously sponsored by Alcon. 

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP – PART I: What is Leadership?
Instructors: Rick Weisbarth, OD, FAAO; Barbara Caffery, OD, MS, FAAO; David Kirschen, OD, PhD, FAAO; Harue Marsden, OD, MS, FAAO; Julie Schornack, OD, MEd, FAAO
Wednesday, October 24 8:00 to 11:00 AM
$50 fee (Students $10)
Regardless of position, everyone can benefit from learning about leadership and how to bring about change through leadership. Part I of this course will focus on such topics as definitions of leadership, the differences between leadership and management, traits and characteristics of leadership, and using leadership to influence organizational culture. Part I of this course also discusses individual strengths and different leadership styles. Enrollees will be mailed a workbook of pre-course readings and assignments. Enrollment is limited to 50 people.

FUNDAMENTALS OF LEADERSHIP – PART II: Putting Leadership into Action
Instructors: Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO; Sally Dillehay, OD, EdD, FAAO; Peter Bergenske, OD, FAAO; Linda Casser, OD, FAAO; Steven Eyler, OD, FAAO
Thursday, October 25 8:00 to 11:00 AM
$50 fee (Students $10)
Building upon the foundation of Part I of this course, Part II will examine the real world aspects of leadership and how to put leadership into action. This course will focus on Kotter’s model of leadership and how to use it to establish a vision, align people to that vision, and motivate them to stay with the vision. The course will also include a discussion of how communication can be used to support leadership efforts. Enrollees will be mailed a workbook of pre-course readings and assignments. Note: Part I of this course is strongly recommended prior to taking Part II. If you have taken the Fundamentals of Leadership Course previously, Part II will also be a valuable refresher on how to actively practice leadership in everyday situations. Enrollment is limited to 50 people.

INTERMEDIATE LEADERSHIP COURSE: Leading Execution through Adaptive Practices
Based on Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
Program Facilitators: Dave Sakamoto; John Briggs
Thursday, October 25 1:30 to 3:30 PM
$75 fee (Students $20)
In today’s environment, leadership requires developing new skills tailored to managing constant change. This course will provide the tools and tactics for putting leadership principles into practice. Emphasis is placed on providing practical information that helps to improve personal and professional aspects of your life and further hone your leadership skills. The course is multifaceted: combining presentations, real life applications and group discussion sessions. Enrollment is limited to 50 people.