August 5, 2020
Sponsored by OMIC

Dear Colleagues,
Please note our sister organization, WDMOS is having a virtual meeting today at 7pm. Please register! If you haven't done so already, please register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the following link: 

We look forward to seeing everyone at our upcoming virtual meeting! 
Kenneth Schor, MD, Aruoriwo Oboh-Weilke, MD, and Gayatri Reilly, MD

Register Your Practice with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration 
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is trying to distribute information Maryland ophthalmologists to encourage the use of our existing platform for electronic transmission of vision test results to the MDOT MVA. Providers who do this allow patients to fulfill the vision test requirement for licensure without having to take a vision test in an MDOT MVA branch. Ultimately, this allows many applicants to renew their driver’s license without having to visit a branch in person, which in the current health environment is something we are trying to enable and promote to the greatest extent possible.
An individual still has to go to a provider to get an in-person eye exam; it just allows the person to then get the renewal online and not in person at the MVA. But, the provider needs to be registered with MVA.  
Here is a link to the site and an FAQ. The MVA is trying to encourage ophthalmologists to use this process (which is already an established process) and become an MVA Online Vision Certification Provider so that individuals can renew their licenses on-line.  
Please note the RGW webinar on August 10.
Please register for our newest MSEPS Present Webinars on August 20 and
August 26!
MSEPS wants to thank OMIC for their support of our newsletters. Please check out their link to show them our thanks.

Please check the AAO and MedChi websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the MSEPS website.
Stay healthy!

Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
Virtual Events
The Approach to the Swollen Nerve: CME Webinar
by the Retina Group of Washington

August 10, 2020 - As part of RGW’s commitment to the ophthalmology community, we are pleased to offer another exciting CME Course.
You must register online to receive CME credit for this course. Registration Deadline is August 7th.

MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME
Webinar Series
August 20, 2020 - We are happy to work with MedEdicus to provide this
MIGS CME program for members and non-members.
To register, log in to your MedEdicus account, or create a new account.

To register for the Ocular Therapeutix webinar,
please use the following link:
Disclaimer: MSEPS does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites or events, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer. 
Promote Yourself With MSEPS Social Media

@MSEPSMD is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and we would love to showcase what ophthalmologists in Maryland are doing. Do you have an announcement? Want to promote a paper you have authored? Have a great picture of you caring for your patients? Send it to us and we will help boost the good work you are doing. Email your submissions to Also, be sure to follow us on all our platforms and join our facebook group.
Calling All Residents and Fellows!

Did you know that membership to MSEPS for residents and fellows is complimentary? MSEPS wants to invite all residents and fellows from Maryland and DC programs to join MSEPS.

How do residents and fellows benefit for being MSEPS members?
  • Complimentary registration to our annual conference.
  • Access to resident focused programming and our scientific programming at our annual conference.
  • Poster contest with cash prizes at our annual conference.
  • Access to events with our Young Ophthalmologists geared toward new physicians.
  • Participation in eye screening day in Annapolis. Learn about how MSEPS advocates in Maryland and provide eye screenings to lawmakers and their staff.
  • Opportunities for leadership roles on our board and with conference planning.

Take advantage of complimentary membership! Join today!
Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Happy Wednesday. Here's what we have for you today:


  • Reminder: the Maryland Department Health all-physician call will NOT be held today.

  • The Baltimore City Health Department and Johns Hopkins are presenting "Love in the Time of Covid" to highlight CDC recommendations for providing sexual health services during the pandemic. The seminar will be held at 8:15 am on August 6.

  • CMS will hold "Lessons from the Front Lines" on Friday, August 7 at 12:30-2:00 pm. Call 833-614-0820 and enter passcode 4695240 or register for the webcast link.

  • MedChi Committee on Ethics & Judicial Affairs and the Center For a Healthy Maryland presents “Lessons Learned: Ethical Dilemmas Faced During The COVID-19 Pandemic” on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 pm. RSVP to Josette Fullard, or reach out for more details.



  • In this week's MedChi News, we shared updates of Governor Hogan's latest coronavirus mitigation efforts.

  • Maryland Matters shared an opinion piece of the importance of telehealth access for patients facing mental health and addiction struggles during the pandemic and beyond. This piece was based upon recommendations that were developed by a coalition of organizations that includes MedChi.

  • HHS has announced an application deadline extension for the Phase 2 general distribution to August 28 and announced plans to reopen the portal for certain Medicare Providers.


  • We are aware of several services for physicians and other health care providers who would be interested in stress relief services during the time of the pandemic. The Physician Support Line was launched on March 30 to provide free counseling to doctors facing challenges during the pandemic. Its website describes it as a “national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.” More information is available at the website. The support line can be reached at 1-888-409-0141. Physicians in Maryland are reminded that stress or other issues can also be addressed by appointment through the Maryland Physicians Health Program, 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010.
We are your advocate and your resource, and we're here for anything you need. Please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO

Telehealth Resources

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