|Action||Changes to continuing education|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/30/2015|
I oppose item "2" of the proposed action to change the continuing education (CE) requirements within 18VAC105-20-70 for Virginia optometrists. Item "2" states: "2) require that at least 50% of the hours (8) be taken in live or real-time interactive coures". Each individual knows how she or he receives information best. For example, I receive information best visually, as opposed to someone else whose brain may receive information better through their auditory system. For me, perusing and reviewing written CE is more conducive to learning, then the potentially distracting environment of a live/real time event. Additionally, there is a host of engaging and current CE that has already been written and recorded. A "live or real-time interactive" requirement would effectly reduce choices of CE for practioners within the required hours, stifling and limiting, not enhancing educational opportunities. Historically, I have typically obtained 50% of my CE in person, but I have made, and would like to continue to make, my CE selections based on the subject matter offered, the quality of the educators (authors or lecturers) and my professional needs or interests, as each practitioner should continue to have the right to do so, without limitation.
Jeetandra M. Athelli, O.D. "Jeet"