2019 Nose to the Grindstone

March 2 - 3, 2019

Harbor Lights

150 Gray Street
Warwick, RI 02889

Click here to access information on RIOA's annual flagship event and here for a draft of the day's schedule of events.

WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT:  We will remain a strong GO for the weekend.  Most of our speakers are local and the ones coming in from out of state are largely en route.  The RIOA urges all attendees to use their best judgment, to allocate additional travel time and to watch the weather closely.  There will be a seat waiting for you so err on the side of caution.  If, by some chance, we do have to postpone the meeting, an announcement will be posted here. 


Shoot for 15


Attention 2018 Shoot for 15 Recipients!!!  Your $150 RIOA CE Coupon can be used for this weekend!

The Coupon " Shootfor15 " is now active and the coupon has been applied to the accounts of those RIOA members who met the requirements of this new and exciting program. The online coupon feature has been tested and was pushed to our site. 

It is a singular use coupon so your biggest savings will be to use it for our Nose to the Grindstone weekend.  To learn more about the program and how YOU can "Shoot for 15", click here.



Under new Rhode Island Department of Health regulations, any practitioner who holds a DEA number and prescribes a Schedule 2 opioid is required to complete 8 hours of CE in topics determined by the department.  You must meet this specific training requirement by March 22, 2019.   

Saturday, March 2, 2019 has been developed to ensure you meet this requirement.  We strongly urge all optometrists to attend this informative day of education.  Failure to meet this requirement will jeopardize your current license and restrict your ability to maintain the highest level of licensure in our state and, more importantly, provide the highest level of care for your patients. 

Visit the RIOA Advocacy page to quickly access the regulation.


Need a hotel room?  The RIOA has secured a room block at the Hilton Garden Inn in Warwick, RI (1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI  02886).It is the closest hotel to the NTG's location, Harbor Lights.

Click here to reserve your room online.  

The rate is $115 post tax and service fees.  To secure a room, please visit click here.  You may also contact the Hotel directly at 401-734-9600. Be certain to use the Group Rate Code "RIOA" to secure your room using the block.  Please note: Third party sellers may have a slightly reduced room rate available depending on availaibility.  The RIOA room block rate is available until February 20, 2019.


Email: RIoptometric@gmail.com
Phone: 401-949-0433