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President's Report

Insight 3RD quarter 2019

President's Report

I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for making the journey to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club last month for the FOA’s Caribbean Carnival celebration. We were able to celebrate our profession by challenging and expanding our knowledge base with over twenty hours of top-notch education, while enjoying the camaraderie that comes with having over 700 attendees and over 100 exhibitors. This continued growth makes our annual meeting one of the biggest in the country and can only occur through the hard work of our staff, convention committee, industry relations team, and entire Board of Trustees. Once again, proving that when working together, nothing but good things happen. If you see or talk to any of these individuals, please take the time to express your congratulations and appreciation for their efforts.

 

As with presidents before me, I’ve been greeted by well wishes and encouragement from all across the state, most inquiring if I’m ready for the year and eager to offer help any time it’s required. My response is always the same, not only am I ready, but this board is ready. This group of dedicated individuals are giving their time and positive energy for the cause, which results in a trickledown effect of positivity to the local society presidents and officers as they relay to us the members’ messages. We are prepared to face any challenge thrown our way for our members and our patients.

 

The strength of our board and state association has also garnered national attention as one of our own past presidents has been asked to throw his hat in the ring for the AOA trustee position. Dr. Tad Kosanovich, whom we all know, recently announced his candidacy and will travel the country this next year to earn the right to represent Florida on the national stage. I ask that we all get behind him with any support he needs, be it just a pat on the back with a positive word for moral support or a monetary donation to scathe off the coming travel expenses. Visit his website at www.AOA2020TadK.com for more information.

 

For the year ahead, we face significant challenges as a plethora of outside forces take aim at our profession. They will tout disruptive technologies as the answer to increase patient access and decrease the cost of care, all while spending millions to cloud the true goal of extending prescriptions for the sale of more products without any regard for patient safety. The board and our legislative chairman are prepared to protect our patients and believe the-in person ocular health evaluation at the time of an examination is the correct path to take. The citizens of our great state deserve for us to act with their best intentions at hand. Support us and our message by supporting our OD-EYEPAC today.

 

To quote a former FOA president, I believe our message to you, our members, and our patients should be: our goal is to deliver the highest quality, most diverse, eye-care services possible to the deserving citizens of Florida. 

 

Bryan Stam, O.D.

Florida Optometric Association, President  

 

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