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2017 Palm Beach Winter Seminar

Palm Beach County Optometric Association

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM (EST)

2017 Palm Beach Winter Seminar

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The Palm Beach County Optometric Association is pleased to host our 

33rd Annual Palm Beach Winter Seminar 

at the Hilton West Palm Beach on Friday January 27th through Sunday January 29th, 2017.

The Hilton is located within the epicenter of downtown West Palm Beach, with Clematis Street, CityPlace, the Norton Museum of Art and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts all located less than a mile from the Hotel.  

CityPlace is a dynamic and energetic shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Palm Beach County, offering an amazing fashion mix of shops as well as a variety of restaurant and entertainment venues. 

The schedule for this year's seminar will include education hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as our Golf Tournament Friday afternoon. Evenings are free for you to enjoy live music and entertainment, divine dining and city nightlife.

Our world class lineup of speakers includes Blair Lonsberry, O.D., F.A.A.O., Joseph Pizzimenti, O.D., F.A.A.O., Quentin Allen, M.D., Stuart Kaplan, O.D., Andrew Shatz, M.D. and Craig Thomas, O.D.  There will be a total of 20 CE hours available, including 8 hours of Transcript Quality education as well as the required Medical Errors and Florida Jurisprudence courses.   The course agenda can be found on our website here :


When does the Biennium end?

The current Biennium ends on February 28th, 2017 so this year's Palm Beach Winter Seminar is one of your very last opportunities to obtain your required CE hours. 

Why is the Seminar in January this year?  You always have it in February.

This is the first year that CE Broker will be auditing 100% of hours, and all hours MUST be posted into CE Broker in order for you to renew your license. We did look at later dates but they don't work for a variety of reasons. By holding our CE event earlier we will be able to ensure you are able to renew your license on time.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are a number of parking options available:

  • Valet parking is available at the Hilton for a PBWS reduced rate of $17 per day or $22 overnight.  
  • Park across the street at City Place in the Hibiscus Garage.  The first hour is free, then there is an hourly rate of $1 per hour with a $10 maximum per day.  If you are shopping at City Place, you can validate your ticket to receive 3 additional hours free.

For our out of state attendees, Palm Beach International (PBI) is the most convenient airport.

  • Palm Beach International (PBI):  4 miles, approximately 7-9 minutes
  • Fort Lauderdale International (FLL):  51 miles, approximately 53 minutes
  • Miami International (MIA): 72 miles, approximately 1 hour 19 minutes

How do I book a room at the hotel?

We have a room block for $289 per night.  *** The cutoff is January 5th to reserve within the group rate.***  A dedicated website is now available for you to book hotel rooms online. Reservations can be made at:

Can I register onsite?

Yes, onsite registration is available and there is an additional Pay At the Door fee of $50.  Please bring a laptop or tablet to access course materials in case printed handouts have all been distributed to pre-registered attendees.  
***Please note that online registration ends Wednesday January 25th after midnight.***

What is the refund policy?

There is an administrative fee of $50.00 for all cancellations prior to January 6th, 2017.  We are unable to offer refunds after January 6th.

What time do I need to be there?  When will classes end?

Classes begin at 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Registration opens at 7am and there will be breakfast available each morning.  Classes end around 5 on Friday and Saturday, and there is a buffet lunch both days.  On Sunday, classes are from 8am - 2 pm (really finishing at 1:40ish).  There will be breakfast but no lunch on Sunday.

I'm a Florida doctor who took the 20 hour Orals Course.  Does that count for my TQ (transcript quality) requirements?

No, you can receive 20 general CE hours for the Orals Course on a one-time-only basis. You will still need to take 6 hours of TQ as well as 2 hours of Florida Jurisprudence and 2 hours of Medical Errors in the biennium that you take the 20 hours course.  If you used those hours for a previous biennium you will need your full 30 hours for this current biennium. 


Hilton West Palm Beach 

Have questions about 2017 Palm Beach Winter Seminar? Contact Palm Beach County Optometric Association

When & Where

Hilton West Palm Beach
600 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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