Humphries Technician Program Information

The Thirty-First Annual Humphries Technician Program

The Humphries Technician Program began in 1990 as a JCAHPO accredited supplement to the Department’s Humphries Physician Program.  The Technician Program is hosted by the ophthalmic staff of the UVA Department of Ophthalmology and welcomes approximately 100 registrants each year. The Program is held in conjunction with the physician program.  The program is designed for all Ophthalmic Medical Personnel (OMP) including Ophthalmic Assistants, Technicians, Technologists, Photographers, Orthoptists, Nurses, and other personnel. Certification is not required to attend.

Each year lectures are designed to fit specific criteria for training Ophthalmic Medical Personnel in the newest technology and surgical techniques as well as review of core skills and knowledge. The one day program consists of 12 short lectures presented by the physicians and staff of the Department.  The Technician Program aims to offer five or more Group A JCAHPO credits and also seeks continuing education credits from OPS and AOC. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded to each participant at the end of the day.  If you will be arriving late or leaving early and will not be attending for the full day credits, we will need to take your name and email in order to send your certificate to you.  It will take about 1-2 weeks after the symposium to verify and process.  You must sign the attendance sheet and be present at the lecture to receive full credit.

PLEASE NOTE: Starting in 2016 we will only be emailing information out – we will no longer be mailing Technician Program notices by post mail. Please use the best email to contact you when registering if you wish to continue to receive notices.

JCAHPO Disclaimer:

*This course is not sponsored by JCAHPO; only reviewed and awarded continuing education credits accordingly; therefore, JCAHPO cannot predict the effectiveness of the program or assure its quality in substance and presentation.  

**Credit for a course hour will be denied to individuals who miss more than 15 minutes of that hour: (example: 30 minute lecture, you must be present for at least 22.5 minutes of the lecture to receive .5 credit / 60 minute workshop, you must be present for at least 45 minutes of the workshop to receive 1 credit).

***JCAHPO now requires a copy of the sign-in sheets.  You must sign in and be present at the lecture or workshop to receive full credit 

For further information about the Humphries Technician Program or to update your contact information, please contact the program coordinator:

Elizabeth Blough

2020 Program Information:

We’re excited to be able to share an excellent Humphries Technician Program with you this year, although it’s a little different than usual.  Here’s how it will work:

  • Two Saturdays – October 17 and November 14
  • Four Sessions – AM and PM on each Saturday
  • Register for one, two, three or all four sessions
  • Registration will close at the start of each session
  • Credits are awarded based on three criteria
    • Registration and log-in for the duration of the session
    • Completion of post-session evaluation
    • Passing grade of 80% grade or higher on post-test
  • No registration fees!


First Date: October 17, 2020
Session 1: 9:00AM—11:30AM
Session 2: 1:00PM—3:30PM

Session A – Saturday, October 17, Morning – This program has been accredited for 2 IJCAHPO CE credits.

Session B – Saturday, October 17, Afternoon – This program has been accredited for 2 IJCAHPO CE credits.

The awarded CE credit is for October 17, 2020 only and expires on 10/17/2020

CEC: This program has been submitted to IJCAHPO for consideration of CE credit

Second Date: November 14, 2020
Session 3: 9:00AM—11:30AM
Session 4: 1:00PM—3:00PM

Session C – Saturday, November 14, Morning – This program has been accredited for 2 IJCAHPO CE credits.

Session D – Saturday, November 14, Afternoon – This program has been accredited for 1.75 IJCAHPO CE credits.

2020 Humphries Technician Program Details:

Total number  JCAHPO credits:  This program has been submitted to IJCAHPO for consideration of CE credit

October 17, 2020 Agenda
October 17, 2020 Morning Session Agenda:

9:00          What is Dysphotopsia? – Marc G. Odrich, MD

9:30           Retinal Detachments 101 – Krishi Peddada, MD

10:00        BREAK

10:15        1 or 2: Which is Clearer for You? – Alicia E. Kinch, OD, FAAO

10:45        Uveitis 101 – Irfan R. Khan, MD

11:30        Conclusion of Program

October 17, 2020 Afternoon Session Agenda:

1:00         Visual Symptoms in Neuro-ophthalmology – Nancy F. Vilar, MD, PhD

1:30         Pupils: Asymmetry & Afferents – Joseph E. Zilisch, MD

2:00         BREAK

2:15         Diabetic Retinopathy: Old Challenges & New Opportunities – Michael Cusick, MD, MHSA

2:45         The Importance of Oculoplastics – Mackenzie L. Higgins, MD

3:30         Conclusion of Program

November 14, 2020 Agenda
November 14, 2020 Morning Session Agenda:

9:00         Best Practices To Use When Refracting Pediatric Patients – Christian Carter, MD

9:30         Fitting the Unfittable – Evan J. Kaufman, OD, FAAO

10:00       BREAK

10:15       COVID-19 & Vision – Alexander J. Snyder, MD

10:45       When Corneas Can’t Keep Secrets – Tara W. McGehee, MD

11:30       Conclusion of Program

November 14, 2020 Afternoon Session Agenda:

1:00         The Red Eye – T. Brooks Owens, MD

1:30         Glaucoma Screening 101 – Andrew Pittner, MD

2:00         BREAK

2:15         How to Uncover the Malingerers – Steven A. Newman, MD

3:00         Conclusion of Program