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Course Description
The Harvard Department of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting and Alumni Reunion is a two-day course aimed at updating ophthalmologists (including ophthalmology residents and fellows) and vision researchers about the latest advances in ophthalmology clinical care and research. The format consists of fifteen-minute lectures each followed by 5 minutes for questions and discussion. The lectures will feature Harvard faculty members and distinguished alumni of the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology residency program discussing their areas of clinical and/or research expertise.

Topics for the 2015 Annual Meeting will be applications of telemedicine in glaucoma, stem cell therapies for retinal repair, treatment of paralytic ptosis with neodymium magnet systems, dissection etiologies of complex strabismus, a novel murine model of orbital inflammation, the role of goblet cells in the conjunctival epithelium, resident education of non-surgical aspects of cataract surgery, biomarkers of visual and anatomic function in eyes of patients with diabetes, and single photoreceptor transcriptome profiling to understand retinal disease. The Alumni meeting topics will include diagnostics and treatments for retinitis pigmentosa, dry eye pathophysiology, an overview of open globe injuries, photoreceptor protection, retinal imaging, and intraocular viscoelastics.

Target Audience
Physicians, Researchers, Optometrists

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate novel treatment approaches for paralytic ptosis.
  • Integrate new modes of imaging into the care of patients with diabetes.
  • Apply knowledge of complex strabismus etiologies in the diagnosis of diabetic patients.
  • Utilize glaucoma telemedicine to improve access to glaucoma screening in their patient populations.
  • Discuss new developments and ongoing research in retinal stem cell therapy with patients.

Accreditation Statement
The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Harvard’s Disclosure Policy
Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to all ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

ACGME Competencies
This course is designed to enhance the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies: Patient care, medical knowledge.