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Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Regulations of the Virginia Board of Optometry [18 VAC 105 ‑ 20]
Action Changes to continuing education
Comment Period Ends 12/30/2015
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12/1/15  10:41 am
Commenter: Christopher Covert OD


Just what we need, more regulations that serve no real purpose.  I thought we were all professionals dedicated to the welfare of our patients.  Well, probably not 100%, but this regulation will have zero affect on the minority who are not.

Flaw 1.  Under NOIRA Agency Background Document, Purpose:  "MAY encourage attention at more in-depth..."  Really?  A regulation written HOPING it will improve knowledge and skills?

Flaw 2.  Action Summary, Item 5: "count for a portion of annual CE...".  This is sloppy and vague.  What shall be the definition of "portion"?  Who makes that decision?

Flaw 3.  The thinking that somehow in-class CE is necessary in this day and age.  I agree with other comments here.  I get more out of the on-line programs because you have to pass a test therefore you have to pay attention.  How many times have I seen half the audience asleep, reading the paper, playing with their electronics, during in-class CE?  And they get/deserve credit just for being there?

Flaw 4.  This appears to have been created as an image enhancer, not really for any meaningful benefit for our patients. 


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