It is easy to look at continuing education as a chore rather than as an opportunity. The increasing ability for ODs to provide medical eyecare is one of the most exciting developments in our profession. Learning new minor surgical and laser techniques and other skills allows you to participate in the profession’s expansion of scope.
As you acquire new skills or build on the ones you already have, keep in mind what you can gain by sharing that knowledge with others. You can do that by guest lecturing at an optometry school, getting on one of our profession’s speaker bureaus, submitting lectures at AAO or AOA, participating in research like clinical trials and writing articles. Another great way to stay current in the profession, share your skills and make connections with professional peers is by creating e-mail groups and groups in your community to discuss optometry issues.
We have a responsibility to offer our patients the best in care. We can’t do that if we aren’t up to date on the latest and greatest breakthroughs and techniques in our field. We also do ourselves a favor by proactively building our expertise and skills, as the more you know about what’s new in optometry, the more you realize how much the profession has to offer you as a practitioner. Optometry is a lot more fun if you find diverse ways to stay involved and keep learning.
How do you keep your optometric skills current? And how do you share that knowledge with others in the profession?