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Current Programs

Our programs are designed to provide a platform for clinicians and researchers to share the latest ideas, outcomes, and emerging practices.



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CE Programs and Lecture Series

Compassionate Care CE Series

The COVID-19 Pandemic illuminated the healthcare disparities among marginalized communities. It’s more important than ever for healthcare professionals to treat patients from all backgrounds and walks of life. This compassionate care series will address different perspectives and challenges optometrists face when caring for themselves, their patients, and their community. We intend to provide an updated look at mental health, implicit bias, and cultural competency education, enhancing the provider-patient relationship in diverse communities.

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April 25th, 2023 | 7 pm to 9 pm EDT | Zoom

This quarterly series will be offered in April, July, October, and January. Registration will open before each lecture. 

VA Healthcare Lectures

Our VA Healthcare System Lectures are presented by VA/ NECO optometry residents. It is a partnership between NECO, VA Boston Healthcare System, and other VA Medical Centers.

VA Boston Healthcare Lecture Series – Spring 2023

March 10:
Ocular Myasthenia Gravis  – Jaclyn Lopez, OD
Visual Perceptual Disorders – Asha Meloottu, OD

March 17:
Sarcoidosis – Muna Mohamed, OD
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Eye – Alexandra Goralski, OD

March 31:
CN 7 Palsy and COVID-19 –  Iva Hoxha, OD
Keratoconus – Pratima Gautam, OD

April 7:
Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy – Adam Provost, OD
Cardiovascular Disease and OCT Imaging – Divya Pillai, OD

April 14:
UGH Syndrome – John Szewczyk, OD
PAMM – Tiffany Pasqua, OD

Time:  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  ET

Location: Virtual for all except VA Boston Optometry Residents and Attendings.

Cost: Free

C.E: 2-Hr MA C.E credit (not COPE) will be granted by NECO.

To Register : Contact Tak Chau, OD FAAO; Rachel Druckenbrod, OD FAAO; Kevin Toolin, OD FAAO

***NOTE: C.E credit will not be granted if attendee arrives late (in person or virtual) by 15 minutes or more ***


Past lecture topics have included:

Limbal Cell Deficiency                                                                                                                      Jacqueline Kowal, OD

Review of Anterior Scleritis                                                                                                              Jasmin Geevarghese, OD

Cystoid Macular Edema                                                                                                                           Olivia Turner, OD

Prostate Cancer and the Eye                                                                                                               Sean Dennis, OD

Varicella-Zoster Virus Neuropathy                                                                                                    Emily Laga, OD

Macular Microvascular Ischemia                                                                                                          Allyx Beaulier, OD

Pachychoroid Neovasculopathy                                                                                                            Raymond Farmer, OD

Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy                                                                                            Michaela Temple, OD

Myasthenia Gravis and its Ocular Manifestation                                                                                  Tommy Cung, OD

When Ocular Disease Becomes Low Vision: Misconceptions and Management                      Lauren Thamel, OD

Anterior Uveitis & Ciliary Body Melanoma
Michaela Temple, OD and Allyx Beaulier, OD

Retinal Arterial Occlusive Disorders & Ophthalmic Complications of Herpes/Herpes Mimickers Sean Dennis, OD and Jacqueline Kowal, OD

Contact Rachel C. Druckenbrod, OD, FAAO, Tak Chau, OD, or Kevin Toolin, OD.

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2023 Behavioral Scholar-In-Residence

                            NECO is proud to announce this year’s Behavioral Scholar

              Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD, FAAO

Dr. Tannen has been doing exciting work in the diagnosis and treatment of visual vestibular issues. He is in an optometric private group practice at EyeCare Professionals, PC in Hamilton, New Jersey, where his clinical and research emphases are visual deficits related to acquired brain injury, strabismus, amblyopia, and learning-related vision problems. Dr. Tannen is the program supervisor for a private practice-based, Residency in Vision  Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation at EyeCare Professionals. A lead-authored article on Visual Snow and related phenomena* published in Vision Development and Rehabilitation was recently named its Article of the Year for 2022. He is the recipient of the A.M. Skeffington award for excellence in Optometric Writing from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2016, the Ludlam Education Award by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association in 2014, and the Scientific Achievement Award by the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians in 2002. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Past President of COVD, and an Associate Clinical Professor Emeritus of the SUNY/State College of Optometry in New York. Dr. Tannen lectures internationally and has co-authored over 70 journal articles, as well as a clinical textbook on Eye Movements.

Both events will be offered virtually and in person. You must register to receive CE credit. 

Click Here to Register for Virtual Attendance 

Click Here to Register for In-Person Attendance 

Behavioral Scholar Symposium

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Diagnosis and Management of Visual Motion Sensitivity in Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Moderated by Barry S. Kran, OD, FAAO

Panelists: Barry Tannen, OD,Jennifer Gustafson, OD, and
William Foley, DO, MSc


1.00 CE Credit – COPE Pending

Light fare and refreshments will be served from 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Continuing Education Program

Saturday, April 15, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

How to Incorporate Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Into Your Practice: Diagnosis and Management

Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD, FAAO


3.0 CE Credits – COPE Pending

Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:00 am.

Research Lectures

In our Research Lecture Series, vision scientists  present their latest research and engage in open discussions. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to open the series to the public.

Past lectures have included:

Test-enhanced learning in continuing health sciences education
Meghan McConnell

Binocular rivalry
Jan Skerswetat

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Taylor or Drew Briggs.