When

Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 11:00 AM EDT
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Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT

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Where

Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa 
Two Grasslawn Avenue
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
  

 

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With 12 miles of breathtaking Atlantic beachfront, Hilton Head Island is located on the Intra-coastal Waterway and encompasses vast sea marshes, creeks and lagoons, and moss-drapped forests of live oaks, magnolias, pines and palmettos. A jewel on the Southern Coast. 

Nestled among nature, you will find the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa. Resort amenities include: beach access; three pools; award winning golf and tennis at the Port Royal Golf & Raquet Club; Heavenly Spa; five on-site dining options; Westin Family Kids Club; Westin Work Out and how could we forget those heavenly beds in every room. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RESORT SERVICES:

GOLF: 

Attendees of the GOA will receive 20% off retail rates or lowest published pricing for greens fees. More Information

ADDITIONAL RESORT ACTIVITIES: If you would like additional information on Resort Activies you may use the following links:
Spa, Fitness, Tennis, Pools and Beach Rentals 
Westin Family Kids Club

RESERVATION INFORMATION
BOOK RESERVATIONS ONLINE

By Phone: 1-800-WESTIN-1 (800-937-8461)*
*ask for the Georgia Optometric Association Annual Meeting or GOA Annual Meeting Group Room Block.  

The following housing options are based upon availability:

RESORT HOTEL:
Island View Hotel Room  $289*

Ocean View Hotel Room  $309*
Grand Ocean View Room  $339*

*In addition to the rates set forth above, a resort service fee is charged in the amount of $18 per night plus sales tax currently 11% and a $2 tourism fee. 

Resort Service Fee includes: Local and toll free call access; Overnight Self Parking; 24hr access to Westin Workout; Shuttle to Port Royal Golf and Tennis; Shelter Cove Mall and Marina. Wireless internet in guest rooms and lobby area. 

Group Room Block Cut-Off: May 10, 2019, 5:00 p.m. 

It is not guaranteed that rooms will be available to this date should our block and the hotel sell out prior to said date. We encourage making reservations early!

Contact

Vanessa Grosso
Georgia Optometric Association
770-961-9866 ext-1
vanessa@goaeyes.com
 

Presents
115th GOA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
June 13-16, 2019
Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Hilton Head Island, SC 
In Collaboration With 

FUN, SUN & CE- Our Annual Conference is specially designed to fit all attending OD's needs.

We are proud to offer some of the best continuing education in the Southeast. This year being no exception! Working in collaboration with our friends at Southern College of Optometry we welcome Dr. Christopher Borgman and Dr. Shaleen Ragha to our speaker circuit. They join Dr. Katherine Mastrota, Dr. Aaron Bronner and Mr. Aubrey Villines to round out our speaking schedule. 

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with vendors, network with longtime friends and meet new colleagues. We even plan our schedule to include some downtime to enjoy everything the resort & island has to offer.  See our full schedule below.    Meeting Brochure

NEW THIS YEAR>>> YOUNG OD PROGRAM 

The GOA is excited to bring this, the first ever, Young OD option to the GOA Annual Meeting. 

Can't get the time off during the week? Expense of the full conference not in your budget? Or maybe you just want a fun weekend getaway. Either way, the GOA has you covered!

Specially designed for our young ODs that have been in practice for 6 years or less, your discounted registration* will include the five hours of continuing education that is offered on Saturday (only), which does include Jurisprudence. You will have your afternoon free to enjoy the beach, pool, sightsee, etc. then the GOA will take you out for a night on the town coordinating a group excursion for a fun happy hour and fabulous meal featuring local cuisine. Transportation will be provided and spouses, partners or guests are welcome! See discounted rates under fees.

*The discounted rate applies only to the program as designed, if you plan on attending additional CE and social events, standard registration rates apply.     

EDUCATION & POLICIES -  There will be a total of 15 hours of CE offered at the GOA Annual Conference comprised of the following: 14 hours of COPE Approved CE (4 of which will also be available for continuing education with examination credit) and 1 hour of NON COPE Jurisprudence and Ethics. 

  • Vailid name badges will serve admission to the lecture hall and must be worn by attendees at all times.  
  • Entrance and exit of the lecture hall will be monitored to meet Georgia State Board Regulations and COPE Guidelines.
  • Attendees may only be absent from any class for a maximum of 10 minutes/lecture hour.  If absent more than the allotted time, attendee will be allowed to return to the lecture hall, but will not receive credit for that class.
  • OE Tracker/ARBO Cards will be scanned at the conclusion of each lecture. CE Certificates and QR Codes for use with the ARBO Mobile App will also be available.
  • FL License Holders - COPE Hours will be CE Broker Approved. 

REGISTRATION FEES

FULL CONFERENCE
OD Registration: (Inclusive) Registration materials; admission to lecture hall each day; admission to all social events, all meals and drink tickets. 

Spouse/Guest/Children Registration: (Inclusive) Entrance into all social events; meals related too and corresponding drink tickets for all social events only. 

Fee Paid Before May 11th/After May 10th:
$595/$650 - GOA/All AOA Members
$695/$750 - NON-GOA/NON-AOA Members
COMP - Optometric Student
$175 - Spouse/Partner/Guest/Children 21 & Up
$75 - Children 13yrs - 20yrs
FREE - Children 12 and Under  

YOUNG OD PROGRAM
Young OD Program: (Inclusive) Admission to lecture hall for Saturday Only; Coordinated Group Happy Hour & Dinner Excursion with transportation included. 

Fee Paid Before May 11th/After May 10th:
$250/$300 - GOA/All AOA Member in practice 6yrs or less
$300/$350 - NON-GOA/NON-AOA Members in practice 6yrs or less
$50 - Spouse/Partner/Guest

CANCELLATION POLICY:  There will be a $35.00 Administrative Fee for all cancellations.  We will issue refunds for cancellations made prior to May 16, 2019. No refunds will be issued after May 16, 2019.  Substitutions are permitted at any time, please notify the GOA Office immediately with any changes or cancellations. 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES AND EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019
5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.                               Registration Desk Open

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.                          GOA Board of Trustees Meeting (Tentative)

9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.                            Registration Desk Open
11:00 a.m.                                             Buffet Lunch Opens – Sponsored by: Bausch+Lomb
11:15 a.m.                                             Welcome & Opening Remarks;  Dr. Scott Emely, GOA President
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                        Bausch and Lomb: Committed to Optometry (Informational Only)
                                                              Presented by Justin Bazan, O.D. and Sponsored by Bausch+Lomb
12:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.                          Glaucoma: What Would You Do? (2hrs) COPE/CEE Approval Pending
                                                              Lecturer: Christopher J. Borgman, O.D., FAAO; Assistant Professor, 
                                                              Southern College of Optometry
2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.                            PM Refreshment/Break Sponsored by: Maculogix
2:40 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.                            Technology Interpretation Pitfalls in Glaucoma 
                                                              (2hrs) COPE/CEE Approval Pending
                                                              Lecturer: Shaleen Ragha, O.D. Clinical Instructor, Southern College of Optometry
4:30 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.                            Oral Medications in Optometry: When and How to Prescribe?
                                                              (1hr) COPE Approval Pending 
                                                              Lecturer: Shaleen Ragha, O.D. Clinical Instructor, Southern College of Optometry
5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.                            Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Update
                                                              (1hr) COPE Approval Pending
                                                              Lecturer: Christopher J. Borgman, O.D., FAAO; Assistant Professor,
                                                              Southern College of Optometry
6:30 p.m. -7:30pm                                 GOA Welcome Reception (Bar/Hors d'oeuvres) READ MORE...