|Action||Changes to continuing education|
|Comment Period||Ends 12/30/2015|
I have been in practice for over 35 years, and have taken CE courses in a number of settings. I prefer to stay home and take CE courses online or through Review of Optometry, for several reasons. One is personal: I have several interests which take much of my time. Travel for CE takes time away from my out-of-office activities. Another is educational: many smaller venues have limited subjects available, and some of them provide me with little interest, but I have to take them to take advantage of the hours provided, and to keep from having to go to yet another program to get more hours. The bigger one to me is the quality of education: I find that online education is almost uniformly informative, organized, and easy to digest. I do not find this in live lectures. I have seen far too many lecturers who worked very hard to cram 10 minutes of information into a 2-hour course. This makes it hard to concentrate long enough to learn anything. With online/journal CE, I can re-read until I understand the author's point; with live CE, if I miss the point, I miss it. Another advantage to doing this through journals is that I often find other articles in the same journal which captivate my interest, which I might not have read if I was not leafing through that particular journal. I see this proposed requirement more as a way to ensure that travel-CE programs are financially supported, and do not feel that this is necessarily an advantage. Forcing us to pay more and take more time to learn the same thing (and possible less) is not of value either for me or (more importantly) for my patients. Thank you for your time and your consideration.