Nose to the Grindstone Weekend + Wednesday (NTG24)

RIOA's flagship CE event features 14 hours of COPE-approved CE via a hybrid mix of in person and remote meeting formats. Get a great start on meeting your CE requirements with us! Register Early & Save!

March 2 - 3, 2024
The Wharf Tavern
215 Water Street, Warren, Rhode Island (Sat) / Remote Zoom Platform (Sun+Wed)

Registration is now OPEN!

The RIOA welcomes you to participate in NTG'24.  For those new to it, it's simple.  Commit one weekend in March towards garnering a very healthy head start on the continuing credits you need for your license renewal. 

Over the years, NTG attendees have counted on the RIOA CE Committee to identify thoughtful, timely and accredited education in a relaxed setting.  Each year is better than the last. 

This one will be no different. Actually it will be. 

We have a new location for Saturday's NTG and will be returning to the picturesque top-floor of the Wharf Tavern.

One more thing: jeans are still encouraged.  It's a weekend in March afterall!

Spend it with us; Come summertime, you'll be glad you did!

FULL REGISTRATION NTG'24 includes March 2, 2024 (7 hours in-person), March 3, 2024 (5 hours, remote) and March 6, 2024 (2 hours, remote)

Not interested in all of NTG24's 14 hours?  We understand, sometimes the grind is too much. 

NTG'24 is still for you! 

If you don't want the full NTG experience, you have the option to register the following ways:

** NEW IN 2024 - Register for the Full NTG'24 Program and earn a 50% off coupon for our year end Holiday CHEER Dinner.

** Can't Make It Wednesday?  No worries!  The RIOA will send you a $25 RIOA CE Coupon good towards any future 2024 RIOA event!


March 2, 2024 - In-person event, The Wharf - Warren Rhode Island.  (7 hours)

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Morning CE Program Begins

Lecturer: Dr. Eric Conley

Beyond Medically Managed Glaucoma – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly - This course will discuss the treatment options beyond medical therapy for glaucoma patients. Topics will include laser procedures, MIGS and traditional trabeculectomy. Pros and cons of each procedure will be discussed along with managing post-operative complications.  (89192-GL, 2 hours)

A.M. Break

Ocular & Systemic Pharmacology Update – 2024This course will Examine ocular pharmaceutical drug delivery and application in various ocular disease conditions while reviewing basic pharmacokinetics and mechanism of action in ophthalmic pharmacology.  Attendees will also learn to develop strategies for identifying drug side effects on ocular systems.  (89193-PH, 2 hours)

LUNCH BREAK

Tomorrow’s Technology in Eye CareThis course reviews imaging basics while investigating tonometry novel technologies and their clinical relevance, among others.  The lecture will also discussion potential advantages and controversies of artificial intelligence (AI) in ocular disease management. (89194-GO, 2 hours)

Lecturer: Dr. Kriti Bhagat

You're Seeing 20/20 - What's Wrong? The Psychology of Behind Vision Improvement in Keratoconus Patients? This course is designed to educate optometric physicians on a guideline for how to address patients after they have recently received optical correction. This course includes a review of keratoconus and treatment options. It will proceed to go into the psychology ramifications like depression, anxiety, and other mental related issues that many keratoconic patients’ experience. The course also reviews treatment options like higher order aberration corrections, therapy, and surgical options. In conclusion, the course allows optometrists another understanding of what keratoconus patients may experience outside of correction their vision to 20/20.  (89593-TD, 1 hour)

FULL NTG'24 REGISTRATION - SAT. ONLY + SUN ONLY*

** Full NTG'24, Saturday Only and Sunday Only includes Wednesday night's Remote Program

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Saturday Event Notes & Updates

NEW SEASIDE LOCATION!

The Wharf Tavern - 215 Water Street -  Warren, Rhode Island


JOIN US AFTER THE DAY'S CE

* RIOA Installation Ceremony and Awards Reception Immediately Follows the CE Program

The Installation of RIOA Officers is an important function of the Association.  Please plan to attend, meet your RIOA leaders while we celebrate member achievements and accomplishments. Join us for a heartwarming and collegial time.


Coming in from out of town?

Click here for a listing of hotels are in the area.


March 3, 2024 - Remote, Zoom Meeting (5 hours)

** Registrants will receive login credentials on Friday March 1, 2024.  A second email will be sent one hour prior to te start of the program. 

8:00 a.m. - Program Begins w/ Welcome and Introductions

Modern Approaches to Optic Neuritis/Perineuritis -This clinical, case-based lecture will showcase several examples of real-world patients with optic neuritis/perineuritis. These cases will each have unique features stemming from underlying systemic conditions that allow for teaching points for the audience. Emphasis will be on modern approaches to diagnosis, work-up, and management of optic neuritis cases. (Dr. Joseph Kane Jr., 85559-TD, 1 hour)

Break / Coffee Refresh @Home

Glaucoma: A technology guided, doctor driven and patient centered approach - The management of patients with various forms of glaucoma has been greatly enhanced by the emergence of various technologies. However, the interpretation of that technology still requires diligence on the part of the clinician. Multiple technologies and an honest depiction of their limitations will be discussed, with an emphasis on diagnosis and longitudinal management employing holistic patient care. (Dr. Andrew Rixon, 89655-GL, 2 hours)

Break / Coffee Refresh @Home

Optic Nerve and Retinal Rounds: From Nerve-Racking to Nuanced - This course will discuss a wide variety of optic nerve and retinal conditions, specifically reinforcing the necessity of multimodal imaging in the diagnostic process. A multitude of cases will be presented in order to highlight how these imaging principles benefit the practitioner in streamlining diagnosis. (Dr. Andrew Rixon, 89293-TD,  2 hours)

FULL NTG'24 REGISTRATION - SAT. ONLY + SUN ONLY*

** Full NTG'24, Saturday Only and Sunday Only includes Wednesday night's Remote Program


March 6, 2024 - Remote, Zoom Meeting (2 hours)

INCLUDED WITH YOUR FULL NTG 2024 REGISTRATION

** Wednesday Registrants will receive login credentials on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.   A second email will be sent one hour prior to te start of the program. 

6:30 p.m. - RIOA General Membership Meeting

7:00 p.m. - Applications of optical coherence tomography angiography in modern optometry - This course is designed to increase awareness and understanding of OCT-A technology and its clinical applications in medical optometry. An overview of how the technology works will be provided with a specific emphasis on imaging features that can enhance disease recognition and improve patient management. The course will conclude with detailed case examples highlighting the role of OCT-A.  (Dr. Kelsey Jordan and Dr. Joseph Kane Jr., 86602-GO, 2 hours)

** NEW IN 2024 - Register for the Full NTG'24 Program and earn a 50% off coupon for our year end Holiday CHEER Dinner.

Can't Make It Wednesday?  No worries!  The RIOA will send you a $25 RIOA CE Coupon good towards any future 2024 RIOA event!

Member Rate FULL Program Saturday + Wednesday Sunday + Wednesday
"Still Early" Standard Registration Feb 1 - Feb. 23, 2024 $315.00 $225.00 $175.00
Late Standard Registration Feb 24, 2024 >>> Day of Event $360.00 $247.50 $192.50

** Non-members welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Thank you for supporting RIOA CE Programs!

FULL NTG'24 REGISTRATION - SAT. ONLY + SUN ONLY*

** Full NTG'24, Saturday Only and Sunday Only includes Wednesday night's Remote Program


Looking to register for the Wednesday program only?  You can do so by clicking here.


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