The Presidents Corner

The President's Corner

Dr. Stan Pletcher is the current president of the society.  He shares these articles for the benefit of the community.

I pray that during this blessed Christmas season you can fully reflect on the priceless gift of God sending his son in human form as a helpless baby to experience the world as we do.  God’s ultimate purpose for this newborn to extend a saving grace by forgiving the sins for those who trust and believe in Him is truly our most precious gift each day!

We reflect on a wonderful year for the society in 2017.   Our very special meeting in Lake Junaluska was a great reminder of the reasons that our society exists including investing in strong families, caring for our many staff and practicing with excellence for Christ each day and for each patient.  I would like to share one lecture from this conference that is an example of an impactful lecture that was talked about for some time after the conference.  This lecture is from Dr. Brad Williams of Southern Eye Associates and was titled, “Beyond Excellence in your Practice”  Please watch this if you have a chance by clicking below!!  (The remainder of the lectures are being edited and added to our archives for ease of retrieval and reference within the next several weeks.)


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I am honored and quite excited about seeing how God has worked through our society in 2017.  The momentum from our 41st annual meeting in Junaluska this year was actually quite palpable and I believe that the meeting set the pace possibly for annual meetings for the next ten years!!  The 41st annual meeting saw nearly 350 in attendance including physicians, spouses, kids and sponsors!   Hosts Nick and Grace Patel planned for families well including a special COS Olympics right at the lakeside where physicians, spouses and kids competed for prizes while being entertained by a wonderful North Carolina band!  I am thankful for all our speakers, sponsors, our COS board, our exec assistant - Renee and all those who made this meeting especially memorable!

Highlights for me at Lake Junaluska included:

  • The fantastic MIGS wetlab and glaucoma subspeciality day that we had on Friday
  • A first ever lakeside COS Olympics complete with wonderul live North Carolina entertainment
  • The Wednesday night "Pursuing Excellence" session featuring 6 of our members
  • Sharing on Friday night from our missionary members around the world
  • Preachin and PIckin "North Carolina style" on Sunday morning
  • The beautiful surroundings of Lake Junaluska, great food, and a wonderful meeting place right on the Lake!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from this summer:

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Wow - I'm ready for Lake Junaluska!  What an absolutely beautiful setting for our largest attended annual meeting ever!  Hang onto your seats if you're coming as we have lots planned for the entire family!!

The year, please look forward to some of the following exciting events:

Pursuing Excellence - Opening Session on Wednesday night featuring Dr. Dan Gold as moderator with topics covering our theme and conference verse - Colossians 3:23-24.

MIGS wetlab - Friday afternoon featuring 6 different companies and their devices that are changing the management of glaucoma finally!!

MSICS Simulator - HelpMeSee is bringing not one but two high fidelity simulators which attendees can try hands on to see the progress of simulation of the MSICS tunnel construction.

Dynamic Female Spouse's Session - Join our ladies as they enjoy hearing from Halle Paauw, Helen Pons and Jessica Cropsey.  Topics include:  Loving in Community, God's Providence and Raising Godly Children.  In addition, special events are planned as optional for each late morning session.

Exciting Male Spouse Session - Join Jim Meyer who will be coordinating the activities for each day for our male spouses.  Their activities may tempt all of our attendees to join them fishing, kayaking or just having fun!

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Operating with a fly swatter and umbrella is just one example of the incredibly rich stories of life on the mission field.  Please take time to watch this powerful and convicting talk given by Dr. John Cropsey at the September MSICS conference entitled "The Ten Commandments of Missions"
Dr. Cropsey is currently in the US working at the University of Michigan while on a one year furlough from his long term mission to Burundi at the Kibuye Hope Hospital where he and a team of 50+ serve as faculty for a medical school for the country.
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Inline image 1Many of you met Dr. Jeremie Agré who was present at our Portland meeting in 2016.  Jeremie is currently leading the mobile eye clinic project in the Ivory Coast, a French speaking country located in West Africa.  Ivory Coast is a country of 24 million with less than 30 eye surgeons and most of them work in the capital city leaving the rural area under-served. The mobile eye clinic project is to serve the rural population. The project is planning to open 2 new satellite eye clinics and to hire 2 ophthalmic nurses to support the important needs outside the large city. The satellite clinics will enable cataract and glaucoma screening to take place in the under-served rural areas and visiting surgeons from the capital to perform surgeries and follow up care.  



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