Our programs are designed to provide a platform for clinicians and researchers to share the latest ideas, outcomes, and emerging practices.
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.
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
Ocular Myasthenia Gravis – Jaclyn Lopez, OD
Visual Perceptual Disorders – Asha Meloottu, OD
Sarcoidosis – Muna Mohamed, OD
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Eye – Alexandra Goralski, OD
CN 7 Palsy and COVID-19 – Iva Hoxha, OD
Keratoconus – Pratima Gautam, OD
Proliferative Vitreoretinopathy – Adam Provost, OD
Cardiovascular Disease and OCT Imaging – Divya Pillai, OD
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.
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.
Online until further notice.
1:30 pm EST, unless otherwise noted.
Email Rachel C. Druckenbrod, OD, FAAO, Tak Chau, OD, or Kevin Toolin, OD.
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.
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
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
3.0 CE Credits – COPE Pending
Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:00 am.
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
For more information, contact Dr. Chris Taylor or Drew Briggs.