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Canadian Orthoptic Council Continuing Education Credits

Download 2012 revision of the Guidelines for Obtaining & Reporting CE Credits


Guidelines for Obtaining and Reporting CE Credits

  1. Thirty (30) credits must be earned in each 3-year (triennial) period.
  2. Minimum of twenty (20) credits must be earned in CORE subjects (page 2).
  3. Orthoptists will continue to receive annual recertification forms in September or October of each year. As in the past, these are to be submitted to Council's Secretary-Treasurer by the end of the year with required fee for recertification for the following year.
  4. In addition to the recertification form, orthoptists will be required to submit CE forms on a 3-year (triennial) cycle. The CE form must be submitted to the CE Committee.
  5. CE credits for activities listed in section 1, point 1.14 in the accompanying Guidelines (page 5) can be applied for by submitting details of the educational activity to any member of the CE committee, wherever possible, at least 8 weeks prior to the starting date of the activity for determination of CE credits to be allotted.
  6. Orthoptists must keep on file evidence for all CE activities which they report in their triennial CE credit forms. While no proof of activities will be required with the CE form, the Chairperson of the CE Committee can at any time, request proof of CE activities from any orthoptist who submits CE credit forms. In addition, after submission of the CE forms there will be a random selection of 10% of orthoptists submitting CE forms for that year who will have to show proof of their CE credits activities within 2 months of receiving written request for proof by the CE Committee Chairperson. All CE forms submitted late will automatically be included in the CE credit audit without exception.
  7. ORTHOPTISTS WHO WISH TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION BY THE AMERICAN ORTHOPTIC COUNCIL (AOC) THROUGH THE AOC TRIENNIAL CREDIT SYSTEM WILL HAVE TO SATISFY THOSE REQUIREMENTS. That is, they must complete 45 credits in each 3 year cycle and to include a minimum of 30 credits in core subjects. THE AOC WILL NOT RECOGNIZE THE 30 CREDIT REQUIREMENT OF COC AS SUFFICIENT FOR AOC CERTIFICATION.

Designation of Core Subjects

  1. Ocular anatomy and neuroanatomy
  2. Principles of visual fields, including testing and analysis
  3. Sensory and motor physiology, including assessment of binocular vision
  4. Optics, including refractometry, diagnostic and therapeutic use of prisms, and contact lenses
  5. Assessment of visual acuity, accommodation, and fixation
  6. Detection and treatment of amblyopia
  7. Clinical assessment of strabismus, including:
    • Diagnostic evaluation and measurement
    • Congenital and acquired comitant forms
    • Incomitant forms (including mechanical and innervational disorders)
    • Syndromes (including Duane, Brown, Moebius, congenital fibrosis, etc.)
    • Strabismus associated with systemic disorders (e.g. thyroid)
    • Neuro-ophthalmologic syndromes (e.g., myasthenia, Parinaud's, etc)
    • Orthoptic management and treatments
    • Principles of strabismus surgery
  8. Eye movement evaluation and measurements, including saccadic velocity recording, electromyography, etc.
  9. Child development and learning disabilities, including dyslexia
  10. Low vision assessment and low vision aids
  11. Electrophysiology principles and techniques, including VEP, ERG, EOG
  12. Principles of genetics, including heritable ocular diseases
  13. Clinical research methods, including computers in medicine and medical writing
ALL OTHER AREAS IN OPHTHALMOLOGY WILL BE CONSIDERED NON-CORE TOPICS

Accepted CE Activities and Credit Allotments

TOTAL CREDITS NEEDED PER 3-YEAR CYCLE 1S 30 (THIRTY).
CORE SUBJECTS (MINIMUM 20 REQUIRED)
NON-CORE SUBJECTS (MAXIMUM. 10 ALLOWED)

1. Attendance at any of the following

a) The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS) scientific session or strabismus workshop
b) Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) or American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus sessions
c) American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO) national or regional meetings and instruction courses
d) American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) annual meeting and workshops
e) Strabismus symposia co-sponsored by AACO or AOC or TCOS
f) International Orthoptic Association (IOA) quadrennial meeting
g) International Strabismological Association (ISA) quadrennial meeting
h) Annual strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology symposia held in Canada with COC CE approval
i) National orthoptic meetings held in countries outside North America if approved or sponsored by the local orthoptic or ophthalmological organizations
j) JCAHPO and JCAHPO-approved meetings and courses
k) Hospital and university rounds or journal club in ophthalmology (may qualify for a maximum of 5 credits per year)
1) Any other meeting related to pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, or neuro-ophthalmology (may be eligible for CE credit with approval from the CE chair)
m) Any other meeting related to other fields in ophthalmology (non-core credits)

NOTE:

1. Orthoptists wishing to obtain credits for attending a meeting listed in (1) and (m) above must, if possible, request that the meeting coordinator provide details of the meeting to any member of CE Committee at least 8 weeks prior to meeting for determination of CE credits to be allotted and to assess core vs. non-core designation.
2. Employer (manager), chief orthoptist and/or ophthalmologist must verify in writing the orthoptist's attendance for credit in item (k).

2. Publication and Presentations

a) Publishing a paper in a refereed journal
  - as first author = 10 credits
  - as subsequent author = 5 credits
b) Presentation of paper or poster at COC approved meeting
(see list above) = 5 credits
c) Preparation of instructional course at COC approved meeting = 1 credit per hour

3. Self-study: American Academy of Ophthalmology Volumes

Each qualify only once per 3-year cycle:
a) Completion of AAO Basic Science Course Book 5 = 10 core credits (Must complete quiz)
b) Completion of AAO Basic Science Course Book 6 = 10 core credits (Must complete quiz)
c) Completion of any other volume in AAO series = 5 non-core credits (Must complete quiz)

4. Self-study: Other Texts and Materials

a) Completion of American Orthoptic Journal = 5 core credits (Must complete and submit quiz)
b) Completion of any other national orthoptic journal = 5 core credits
c) Completion of AACO self-evaluation quiz = 5 core credits
d) Reviewing AOC Basic Course Videotapes = 1 credit per hour and if associated quiz completed and submitted 1 core credit is awarded per quiz (these credits may only be claimed once every other three year cycle)
e) Reading texts or journals in orthoptics, strabismus, or pediatric ophthalmology
  = 1:4 core credits (maximum 5 credits per year)

5. On a One Time Basis Only

a) Completion of S.A.I.T., Centennial College Course for Ophthalmic Medical Assistants, or AAO Home Study Course for Ophthalmic Medical Assistants = 5 non-core credits
b) Successful certification as JCAHPO medical assistant at:
 : - assistant level = 5 non-core credits
 : - technician level = 10 non-core credits
 : - technologist level = 10 non-core credits
c) Completion of a Canadian Master’s program = 15 CE credits

6. Once per 3-year cycle

Visit to another orthoptic department = 1 credit per half day to maximum of 5 (core credits)
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