48th COS Annual Meeting

July 24-28, 2024

Greenville, SC

14.75 hours CME*

11.25 hours of Scientific credits

3.50 hours of Ethics credits

* This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Medical Association of Georgia through the joint providership of Southern Alliance for Physician Specialties CME and Christian Ophthalmology Society. The Southern Alliance for Physician Specialties CME is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide accredited continuing education for physicians.
The Southern Alliance for Physician Specialties CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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About our Meeting

What makes the COS Annual meeting so unique? Glad you asked!

  • Great Scientific Lectures
  • Lectures on Intertwining Our Faith and Our Practice
  • Spiritual Encouragement
  • Fellowship with Christ-Following Colleagues
  • Special Sessions for Both the Female and Male Spouses
  • Special Sessions for the Children
  • Great Family Get Away!
Where else can you find all of this in one place?!

NEW!! Technician Lecture Series

Southern Eye Associates, in cooperation with the 48th COS Annual Meeting, is hosting this opportunity for technicians.

The ‘Technician Registration’ botton will take you to the Southern Eye Associates website.

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Hyatt Regency Greenville
220 N Main St
Greenville, SC 29601

864 235 1234

Room block/special rate is closed. Please call Hyatt Regency Greenville to make a reservation at the prevailing rate.

PARKING

The hotel provides covered valet parking only. Valet parking includes in/out privileges at no additional charge.

Overnight Valet Parking-$22.00

The city’s ‘Commons Garage’ at 60 Beattie Place is directly adjacent to the Hyatt hotel with  access to the hotel from the 3rd level of parking.

For prices and locations of other city self-park lots, please click on the button below to go to the city website.

Airport Information

Speakers

Daniel Apple, MD
"Dry Macular Degeneration: New & Emerging Therapies"
Chris Bergstrom, MD
"Overview of Intraocular Tumors"
Matthew Clary, MD
"Modern Glaucoma Treatments: Changing Your mindset"
Peter Daniel, MD
"Glaucoma Pearls: Lessons Learned"
Ashby Davis, JD
"How to Avoid a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit"
Peter Goodwin, MD
“Ophthalmology Missions: Why Me? Why Now?"
Andrew Hack, MD
"Mistakes of a Cornea Surgeon"
Jean Hausheer, MD
"Life Applications of Biblical Principles"
Kurt Heitman, MD
"Practice Management Forum"
Jeffrey Ing, MD
"Keratoplasty in the 3rd World"
Eddie Mengarelli, MD
"Practice Management Forum"
Tyler Pace, MD
“Oculoplastics Pearls for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist”  
Mike Pereyo-Founder & Co-CEO of OOBE
“The Story of OOBE: A Love and Serve Model”
Jono Pons, MD
COS Fostered Missionary Update
Mark Robinson, MD, MPH
1)  “Isolated Cranial Nerve Palsy Causing Diplopia” 2) “Giant Cell Arteritis”
Doug Stokes, MD
“Glaucoma Pearls: Lessons Learned”   
Jeffery Taylor, MD
"Practice Management Forum"
Brad Williams, MD
1) “Pearls of (IPL) Intense Pulsed Light Therapy” 2) “What is YOUR Testimony?”
Ed Wilson, MD
1) “Pediatric Cataract Surgery: Challenge and Opportunities for the Developing and Developed World” 2) “Strabismus in Art, Entertainment, and Social Media”
OMIC
Insured ophthalmologists receive a discount for attending this session.

Our Exhibitors

PLATINUM SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSORS

NON-PROFIT SPONSORS

Schedule

We know how valuable your time is! So we scheduled the entire event to maximize your time with a balance between CME and family events.

*All times are subject to change.

Female Spouse Program

Program Leaders

Debra Stephenson and Amelia Rose (Mia) have taught a women’s Bible study together for almost 18 years at Horizon Church in Greenville, SC. They love the fellowship and friendship in this study that reaches the women in the church and the community. Each group is about fifty percent, but the most significant part of the study is women growing in their knowledge of the Lord through his word.

 

Debra is married to Jim (who will preach the sermon for the conference on Sunday.) They have two adult children and seven grandchildren. She loves cooking, reading, and creating masterpieces with her sewing machine.  

Mia is married to John, and they have three adult children and eight grandchildren. She enjoys walking- especially at the beach, biking on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, reading, and spending time with family and friends

Children's Program

Treasure Seekers

MEET OUR PROGRAM COORDINATOR -PAULA SHEPHERD

A wearer of many hats and juggler of responsibilities, Paula delights in spending time with children and values the unique perspective they provide. Marrying Jason in 2003, she’s been happily married for nearly 21 years. Together, Paula and Jason have 5 children, ages ranging from 4 to 17, and therefore understand the various stages of childhood development.

When Paula joined Classical Conversations in 2012, little did she know that she’d still be homeschooling her children 12 years later, preparing to graduate her eldest from high school this coming year. Throughout her time with CC, she has taught 7 groups of children (ages 6 to 11) over a period of 7 years, leading them in various activities to help them learn skills such as mental math and sentence diagramming. 

In addition to her work at      co-op, Paula has been a registered member and leader with American Heritage Girls for over 4 years. She weekly guides her squad in earning badges, service hours, faith awards, and leadership roles. Paula has organized 5 camping trips for the girls at AHG and planned numerous special events to foster lasting friendships among them.

 As a faithful member of her church for 20 years, Paula has orchestrated several church-wide potlucks and managed food for the Christmas          program for multiple years.

Because she has a 13-year-old son who has received yearly care from a pediatric ophthalmologist since his time in the NICU, Paula truly appreciates the field of ophthalmology and is looking forward to serving this community in July!   

We are so excited about our Children's Program!

Our children’s program is handled very similarly to a church VBS program. There will be structured, age-appropriate learning time, crafts, and fun!

The curriculum is titled “Treasure Seekers” and the theme verse for the children is:

19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:19-21

NOTE: We want you to know that we take the role of our workers seriously. To that end, we hire Christian Program Leaders. We also run background checks on all workers over 18 as well as having them sign a notice of our expectations of their behavior during the event.

The curriculum topics for each day will be the following:

Day 1: Two Kinds of Treasure and Two Kinds of Seekers

Day 2: God gave His Most Precious Treasure

Day 3: Treasure is a Heart Matter 

Teens- 12 years and older
The teenagers will be led through a devotion time each day and then walk to sightseeing destinations around downtown Greenville! 

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Partial Event

Any 1 Day
$ 550
  • Can't attend the whole meeting? That's ok, come for any 1 day and receive a discount!

Full event

Thursday AM - Sunday AM
$ 700
  • Not a member? Join before registering to receive special discounts!

2024 COS Annual Meeting Attendee Registration

Our 2024 Annual Meeting is July 24-28!  It will be hosted by Kurt Heitman, Brad Williams and the group at Southern Eye Associates in Greenville, SC at the Hyatt Regency.  This is the first ever COS meeting in beautiful Greenville, SC and you won’t want to miss it.

July 24-28, 2024

Hyatt Regency
220 N Main St
Greenville, SC  29601