October 15, 2010
Tieszen Law Office Conference Room
Pierre, South Dakota
Board members present were Dr. Kollis-Young, Dr. Hartford, and Dr. Bartlett. Also present were Naomi Cromwell, Tieszen Law Office; Ann Meyer, Attorney General’s Office; and Deni Amundson, Board Executive Secretary.
2. Approve minutes from May 21, 2010
Dr. Bartlett moved, seconded by Dr. Hartford, to approve the minutes of the May 21, 2010 meeting. Motion passed.
3. Approve treasurer's report
Dr. Hartford moved, seconded by Dr. Bartlett, to approve the treasurer’s report. Motion passed. Dr. Hartford also moved to purchase a new laptop through the Department of Health, seconded by Dr. Bartlett. Motion passed.
4. Board review and approve CE courses
Board reviewed and approved continuing education courses by individual signature vote.
5. Old Business
a. Board Certification- Board will continue to monitor progress. Tabled until next meeting.
b. Dispensing of pharmaceuticals- Deni Amundson presented letter from the Board of Pharmacy regarding regulations related to the dispensing of prescription drugs by optometrists to their patients. Motion by Dr. Bartlett, second by Dr. Hartford, to draft letter to all South Dakota licensed optometrists regarding Board of Pharmacy position.
c. FDA Trial Advertising- No action taken.
d. Advertising fees- No action taken.
6. New Business
a. Self directed learning- Discussion was had regarding the need to revise administrative rules regarding continuing education. New types of continuing education formats have been presented to the board in the forms of webinars, video-taped CE, teleconferences, and surgical observation. The Board discussed adopting guidelines as follows. (1) Referring to them as “self-directed learning” rather than as “correspondence courses.” (2) Each category having an individual limit under self directed learning: (i) Surgical/Ophthalmologist observation awarded one hour of continuing education credit for every two hours of observation, with a four hour limit. Observation must be documented by the ophthalmologist and verification by the ophthalmologist provided to the board; (ii) Video, recorded webinars, and teleconferences must be proctored, maximum of 2 hours credit allowed; (iii) Correspondence courses, from colleges or occupational journals that have self-testing and a certificate to verify attendance, would remain at a maximum of 4 hours credit allowed; (iv) Live webinars accepted, but the certificate that accompanies the request must reflect that it is a live webinar. If the certificate does not state it was a “live webinar” it would be considered a recorded webinar. Live webinars would have a four hour maximum limit. No more than 8 hours total of credit for self-directed learning would be given in a three-year period. Discussion was had on requiring licensees to specify the category of CE credit being sought.
Dr. Bartlett moved to approve self-directed learning guidelines and authorize Ms. Cromwell to move forward with administrative rule promulgation. Seconded by Dr. Hartford. Motion passed.
Discussion was had regarding changing the three year CE requirement from 36 hours to 45 hours. Deni Amundson will research other states’ requirements and report to the board on her findings. She will also contact the South Dakota Optometric Society to request their opinion after she has research to present to them. A telephonic meeting will be scheduled as needed to discuss proceeding with any changes. Dr. Bartlett moved for Ms. Amundson to research requirements and report back to the board. Dr. Hartford seconded. Motion passed.
7. Time and Place of Next Meeting
Telephonic meeting, March 14, 2011, 7:00 p.m.. It was recommended that the board consider having two meetings per year, instead of three, unless a special circumstance required more. The meetings will take place in March/April and September.
Dr. Hartford moved for adjournment, seconded by Dr. Bartlett. Motion passed.