Annual CE Events

New Jersey Mandatory Continuing Education for Optometrists
The NJSOP is proud to present annual quality, live and home study continuing education opportunities, and is an accredited COPE® provider. Member discounts apply.  

Stay up to date with the New Jersey Board of Optometrists (NJSBO) mandatory, continuing education requirements, including the mandatory one credit in educational programs or topics that concern the prescription of hydrocodone, or the prescription of opioid drugs in general, including responsible prescribing practices, the alternatives to the use of opioids for the management and treatment of pain, and the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion (Subchapter 7, page 41)

To learn more about the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) and the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), click here.  

July 1, 2022: COPE's NEW Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education

2023 COPE New Synchronous and Asynchronous Course Formats.
 

NJSOP CE Event Registration Refund Policy

 
In the event a NJSOP continuing education event attendee wishes to rescind their event registration, refunds may be requested through email or by mail to NJSOP. Refund requests received at least 30 days or more before the event will receive a full refund. Requests made 14-29 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. Refunds will not be issued within 14 days of the event. However, registered attendees who experience an extenuating circumstance that prevents them from attending the event can request refund consideration via email or by mail. Refunds will be provided in the manner in which the registered attendee paid.  

Email: NJSOP Team Member, Edna McKinney

Mailing Address:
NJSOP
4 AAA Drive, Suite 204
Hamilton, NJ 08691-1813  


The NJSOP hosts multiple live webinars and in-person programs each year in addition to offering over 30 hours of on-demand CE via our online CE portal. Members save up to 150% on registration fees!

Snow School is a family and/or escape weekend-focused event held at Kalahari Resort in the Poconos each January. Registrants have the chance to earn a days-worth of continuing education credit before they meet their family or friends in the indoor waterpark, spa, or on-site restaurants.

Spring CE has been recently held virtually over a weekend. The great education typically draws a crowd of over 100 ODs. Join us, and learn from the comfort of your home!

Summer CE takes place at The Breakers on the Ocean in Spring Lake, NJ. This early July CE opportunity is limited to 100 ODs and features our Diamond-level partners, only. Attendees enjoy a view of the beach from the Breaker’s wrap around front porch during breaks and lunch.

Therapy by the Sea is the NJSOP’s largest annual event held in Atlantic City, NJ in the fall. Therapy by the Sea (TBTS) offers multiple days of continuing education, a large exhibit hall, and a variety of social events for colleagues and friends to reconnect. It is also a great opportunity to meet new peers and make new friends! Past TBTS conferences have offered hands-on workshops for both optometric physicians and paraoptometrics, making this event a big draw for both local ODs and colleagues from around the country.

Managed Care Seminar rounds out the year in December and focuses on practice management. This event is also home to the NJSOP’s year end awards celebration! This year it will be held at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.

For event disability accommodations, please contact Keira Boertzel-Smith at kboertzel-smith@njsop.org or 609-323-4012 x 116. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


Event Sponsorship Opportunities

Summer CE Sponsorships - SOLD OUT

We know one-size-fits all sponsorship packages don't work for every company wishing to support NJSOP continuing education events. That is why we are happy to provide multiple package options! Take a moment to browse the opportunities listed in the 2023 Exhibitor/Sponsor Flyer 3-28-23

When you're ready to register for a sponsorship opportunity, please do so here!

*Please note, these package options are applicable to the NJSOP's Snow School, Virtual Spring CE, Summer CE (SOLD OUT), and/or Managed Care Seminar. Therapy by the Sea has it's own package - visit www.njtbts.com for details.

 

Upcoming CE Events

July 2023

Tuesday
11
2023
July 11 - 12, 2023

Summer CE

The Breakers on the Ocean - Spring Lake, NJ

 

Register Today!

 

NJSOP Summer CE

 


Event Schedule

TUESDAY JULY 11th

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM       Registration

1:00 PM – 2:40 PM         New Drugs and New Evidence on Old Drugs
Presenter - Diane Adamczyk, OD, FAAO, FNAP – 2 hrs. NJSBO TPA Credit - NJSBO #4-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034636
Practitioners will be provided with an assessment of new drugs and their pharmacology and the evidence based foundation for their ophthalmic use. In addition, older drugs that now have new evidence will also be assessed and how this impacts the utilization of these drugs in practice. Examples of the areas include drugs and nutraceuticals as they relate to ocular surface disease, anti-infective, pain management, retinal disease, and glaucoma.

2:40 PM – 4:20 PM         Oral Medications in Eyecare
Presenter - Diane Adamczyk, OD, FAAO, FNAP – 2 hrs. NJSBO Oral Credit - NJSBO # 7-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034648
Learn the pharmacologic considerations, use, application and latest in the literature on oral medications used in eye care. The course provides the clinician with important tools to care for patients needing oral medications.

WEDNESDAY JULY 12th

8:00 – 8:45 AM               Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:45 – 10:45 AM             Clearing the Blur: Strategies for Effective Myopia Management
Presenter - Tamara Petrosyan, OD – 2 hrs. NJSBO Regular Credit - NJSBO # 5-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034660
Review of current treatment options and recommendations for patients with progressive myopia including pharmacologic, orthokeratology, multifocal soft contact lenses, multifocal spectacles, and binocular/ accommodative vitality.

10:45 – 11:00 AM           Coffee Break with Exhibitors

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM    Beyond the Eyes: A Guide to Performing Bloodwork in the Optometric Practice
Presenter - Tamara Petrosyan, OD – 1 hr. NJSBO TPA Credit - NJSBO # 2-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034666
Learn the indication for ordering and implication of the results of common bloodwork that may be ordered in a primary care optometric practice.

12:00 – 1:00 PM             Lunch & Exhibitors Time
(Complimentary Luncheon Cocktail for NJSOP members - sponsored by The Gandelman Agency)

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM         Side Effects of Oral Medications
Presenter - Tamara Petrosyan, OD – 1 hr. NJSBO Oral Credit - NJSBO # 8-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034670
Education about the potential ocular and visual adverse drug reactions of common systemic medications.

 1:50 PM – 2:40 PM         Fee Development for Myopia Management
Presenter - Nicky Despotidis, OD, FCOVD, FAAO – 1 hr. NJSBO Regular Credit - NJSBO # 3-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034674
Successful integration of specialty care hinges on profitable fee development and implementation. How do you develop fees for services like orthokeratology, atropine eye drops or soft bifocal for myopia control. These questions and many more will be addressed using real life examples during this dynamic course.

2:40 PM – 3:30 PM         Marketing:  How Do I Grow a Specialty Care Practice?
Presenter - Nicky Despotidis, OD, FCOVD, FAAO – 1 hr. NJSBO Regular Credit - NJSBO # 6-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034676
Learn how to expand myopia management within your practice.  Effective, time-tested strategies will be methodically outlined in this course.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM          Patient and Staff Management: The Solution is in the Systems!
Presenter - Nicky Despotidis, OD, FCOVD, FAAO – 1 hr. NJSBO Regular Credit - NJSBO # 9-2025 - CE Broker # 20-1034678
The greatest challenges facing most offices are patient and staff management. This course will help systematically introduce myopia management into your practice. Attendees will learn how to motivate and train their staff, while developing patient interest in this exciting sub-specialty.

IMPORTANT CE CREDIT NOTICE
Courses presented at this event will be New Jersey State Board of Optometrists (NJSBO) and CE Broker Approved only (and are non-COPE courses). Courses will be accepted for CE credit in NJ, NY, PA, and FL.  If you are licensed in any other state, please check with that state's Optometry Board to inquire if these courses will be accepted.  Course outlines and speaker CV's will be added to the NJSOP event handout hub. A separate email will be sent to all registrants with instructions for accessing the handout hub when content is available.


About the Presenters

Summer CE Presenters

 

Diane Adamczyk, OD, FAAO, FNAP

Dr. Diane Adamczyk is a Professor and the Director of Residency Education at SUNY, College of Optometry. She received her optometry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and completed her residency at the Newington Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition to her administrative responsibilities at SUNY, Dr. Adamczyk is the instructor of record for the ocular
pharmacology course. She also sees patients and supervises students in the University Eye Center. Dr. Adamczyk lectures nationally and internationally and has written articles, chapters and coauthored the textbook, Primary EyeCare in Systemic Disease.

She is the former chair of the American Optometric Association’s Evidence Based Optometry Committee, which is responsible for writing Optometry’s evidence based clinical practice guidelines. She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, is an American Board of Optometry Diplomate and currently on its Board. Dr. Adamczyk has received numerous recognitions, including the American Optometric Association President’s Award, New Jersey Optometric Society of Physicians’ Scientific Achievement Award and PCO’s Alumna of the Year.

 

Nicky Despotidis, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

Dr. Nicky Despotidis has a multi-disciplinary practice in Hamilton, NJ, that offers a variety of specialty services including vision rehabilitation, treatment of vision-related learning problems, and specialty contact lenses. He graduated with honors from The State College of Optometry in New York and later completed residency in Vision Therapy/Pediatric Vision. Dr. Despotidis is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO), American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (FAAOMC) and is a Board-Certified Fellow in Vision Therapy (FCOVD) with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. 

Dr. Despotidis has published papers in optometric journals, is a frequent lecturer, and book author. He is the lead author of the book, My Children are Nearsighted Too and his practice management workshop, Super Charge Your Practice, is one of the most highly attended workshops offered at the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control annual symposium. 

 

Tamara Petrosyan, OD

Dr. Tamara Petrosyan is an associate clinical professor at SUNY College of Optometry in the Primary Care, Ocular Disease, Pediatrics, and Vision Therapy departments. She lectures internationally and has published articles and book chapters on various topics. Dr. Petrosyan helped implement free pediatric exams for over 30,000 children through the Armenian Eyecare Project. She has developed over a dozen vision therapy workbooks, as well as, assisted with the start and development of the vision therapy content for Anteo Health.

She is the InfantSEE liaison for New Jersey, head of the Clinical Care Committees for Pediatrics and Vision Therapy, and previously served on the NJSOP Board of Directors. Dr. Petrosyan has received the Young Optometrist of the Year and Optometrist of the Year from NJSOP and the Young Optometrist of the Year award from the AOA.

 


Registration

One Day Only - Tues (4 hours):   One Day Only - Wed (7 hours): Two Days -
(11 hours):
Member OD - $100 Member OD - $175 Member OD - $265
Nonmember OD - $150 Nonmember OD - $260 Nonmember OD - $395
Guest (staff, para, other) - $15 Guest (staff, para, other) - $60 Guest (staff, para, other) - $75

 

2023 Summer CE Online Registration!

 

5-1-23 Summer CE Hard Copy Form (Online registration link above)


NJSOP CE Event Registration Refund Policy

 
In the event an NJSOP continuing education event attendee wishes to rescind their event registration, refunds may be requested through email or by mail to NJSOP. Refund requests received at least 30 days before the event will receive a full refund. Requests made 14-29 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. Refunds will not be issued within 14 days of the event. However, registered attendees who experience an extenuating circumstance that prevents them from attending the event can request refund consideration via email or by mail. Refunds will be provided in the manner in which the registered attendee paid.  

Email: NJSOP Team Member, Edna McKinney

Mailing Address:
NJSOP
4 AAA Drive, Suite 204
Hamilton, NJ 08691-1813  

 


2023 Summer CE Event Sponsors 

 

Summer CE Exhibitors 5-24-23

Featured exhibitors summer 5-24-23Featured information: The Eye Health Group is always interested in building their team whether it involves employment opportunities or partnering with optometrists in an exit strategy. The Eye Health Group has been in business over 25 years and currently own nine locations in the New Jersey / New York area. They believe in the medical model of optometry and co management of patients with ophthalmologists. The Eye Health Group is always happy to sit down and discuss the opportunities they offer optometrist. Visit them at the Summer CE Event!

 


 Event Sponsorship Opportunities 
Summer CE Sponsorship - SOLD OUT

 

We know one-size-fits all sponsorship packages don't work for every company wishing to support NJSOP continuing education events. That is why we are happy to provide multiple package options! Take a moment to browse the opportunities listed in the 2023 Exhibitor/Sponsor Flyer 3-28-23

When you're ready to register for a sponsorship opportunity, please do so here!

*Please note, these package options are applicable to the NJSOP's Snow School, Virtual Spring CE, Summer CE SOLD OUT, and/or Managed Care Seminar. Therapy by the Sea has it's own package - visit www.njtbts.com for details.

 

October 2023

Friday
20
2023
October 20 - 21, 2023

Therapy by the Sea

Hard Rock Hotel -- Atlantic City, NJ

Registration Details Coming Soon!

Save the dates 2023 TBTS

 

NJSOP CE Event Registration Refund Policy

 
In the event a NJSOP continuing education event attendee wishes to rescind their event registration, refunds may be requested through email or by mail to NJSOP. Refund requests received at least 30 days or more before the event will receive a full refund. Requests made 14-29 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. Refunds will not be issued within 14 days of the event. However, registered attendees who experience an extenuating circumstance that prevents them from attending the event can request refund consideration via email or by mail. Refunds will be provided in the manner in which the registered attendee paid.  

Email: NJSOP Team Member, Edna McKinney

Mailing Address:
NJSOP
4 AAA Drive, Suite 204
Hamilton, NJ 08691-1813