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Continuing Education

Continuing Education

Thorny Issues

Each fall, Legacy Devers Eye Institute sponsors the annual Thorny Issues in Ophthalmology conference to provide continuing medical education for eye care providers. The conference name is an ode to our City of Roses and to the challenging, controversial topics we address.

This two-day conference includes an all-day meeting on Friday and half-day on Saturday with named lectures: the William T. Shults, Chenoweth, Devers Memorial Eye Clinic and the EM VanBuskirk lectures. Legacy Devers Eye Institute has hosted Thorny Issues for more than 20 years. This meeting has traditionally focused on new, innovative, and controversial topics in ophthalmology and eye care.

The conference has grown into one of the premier meetings in the Pacific Northwest, attended by more than 100 eye care providers. Thorny Issues supports the mission of Legacy Devers Eye Institute of continuing education, ground-breaking research, and quality patient care.
Technician Meeting

The Thorny Issues in Ophthalmology Technician Meeting is a JCAHPO-accredited continuing education conference for certified ophthalmic assistance, technicians and medical technologists. This full-day conference focuses on a mix of cutting-edge topics in ophthalmology, new innovation in research and clinical best-practices. The event has grown into one of the largest continuing education events of its kind in the region, attended by more than 90 eye care professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.




Educational Opportunities
The fellowship requires attendance at several educational conferences.  Legacy Devers Eye Institute hosts Thorny Issues, a yearly, regional conference.  A monthly glaucoma resident conference is held at Casey Eye Institute. Grand Rounds occurs at both institutions once a month.  Additionally, the fellows lead bi-monthly, informal glaucoma rounds to discuss interesting topics, patient management conundrums and journal article with libations and food.  Fellows are encouraged to attend other regional and national meetings such as the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, American Glaucoma Society meeting, and Association for research in vision and ophthalmology annual meeting (ARVO).

Research Opportunities
Fellows participate in clinical and/or basic research through the Discoveries in Sight Program at the Legacy Research Institute or through OHSU.  Two half days a week of dedicated research time are provided.  The goal of this research is a presentation at a national conference and a publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
For more information about Devers fellowship programs and to apply please click an option below: 
  • Cornea Fellowship
  • Glaucoma Fellowship
  • Uveitis Fellowship

Grand rounds

Legacy Devers Eye Institute hosts ophthalmology grand rounds once a month on the first Friday at 7 a.m. This Legacy-sponsored Continuing Medical Education (CME) l series uses faculty from Legacy Devers Eye Institute, OHSU's Casey Eye Institute, and outside institutions to deliver the latest knowledge for both ophthalmologists and optometrists. 

If you have any questions, please email Kelsey Oakes.






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