Spring Congress

We're so excited to be back at the beach!
Space is limited so plan now to join us for this year's Spring Congress.*

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*Registration is only open to NCOS members at this time. Join now to become a member.

After a year of virtual meetings, we are excited to welcome our ODs back to Myrtle Beach for our first in-person event since 2019! NCOS Spring Congress will be held Friday, June 11 - Saturday, June 12 at the Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation.

The safety of our attendees is our #1 priority. This year's Spring Congress will be limited capacity due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place on large gatherings. We will be monitoring the climate of the pandemic over the next few months to deploy any necessary changes to the format of this event.

Dates: Friday, June 11 - Saturday, June 12, 2021 (only a two-day event instead of three this year)

Location: Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation (9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29572)

Continuing Education: Earn 15 hours of COPE Approved/NC Certified credit. NCOS members have the opportunity to earn an additional 1 hour of general credit by attending the NCOS Business Meeting.

NCOS Members: $499
*At this time, we are only opening registration to NCOS Members due to the limited capacity. If space allows, we will open registration up to non-members, so register early to secure your spot!

What to expect: we expect ALL attendees to adhere to an Attendee Code of Conduct and a Liability Waiver, which we will send to all registered attendees.

Things will look different onsite this year! A full explanation of health guidelines that our group will follow onsite will be announced in the near future, but expect social distancing in the general session room as well as common areas, assigned seating in the general session room, mask requirements, temperature checks each day, and changes to meals/refreshments among other things. For everyone's safety and comfort, you MUST adhere to the guidelines we put in place while attending our Spring Congress. Click here to view the Kingston Resorts COVID-19 safety information.

Please only register for Spring Congress if you fully intend on attending. If you register and decide NOT to attend, please cancel your registration as soon as possible so that we may open your space up to someone else.

Tentative Agenda:

Friday, June 11

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Cats, Cats, Cats!, COPE Pending, Sean Smolenyak, OD (2 hours)

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Clinical Grand Rounds, COPE Pending, Sean Smolenyak, OD (2 hours)

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch Break

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lift Thad Lid, COPE Pending, Sean Smolenyak, OD (1 hour)

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: The Rare in the Chair, COPE Pending, Chad Morgan, OD (2 hours)

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Blood and Contacts, COPE Pending, Chad Morgan, OD (1 hour)

Please note, we will not be holding our Friday evening Family Fun Night this year due to the pandemic, and only 2021 NCOS Partners will be exhibiting.

Saturday, June 12

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Seeing White Dots, COPE Pending, Jessica Schiffbauer, OD, FAAO (1 hour)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: The Other Glaucomas, COPE Pending, Dr. Jessica Schiffbauer, OD, FAAO (1 hour)

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM: It’s Raining MIGS!, COPE Pending, Cecilia Koetting, OD, FAAO & Dr. Jessica Schiffbauer, OD, FAAO (2 hours)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  NCOS Annual Business Meeting (1 hour general credit – NCOS members only)
Hear reports from the President, vote on the annual budget, and elect new officers and trustees to Executive Council.
Open to all NCOS members. You do not need to be registered for Spring Congress to attend.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: The Eyes are Going Viral, COPE Pending (renewing 63027-SD), Cecilia Koetting, OD, FAAO (1 hour)

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Nope, That’s Not Just Dry Eye: Other Corneal Diseases, COPE Pending, Cecilia Koetting, OD, FAAO (1 hour)

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Keratoconus: Past, Present and Future, COPE Pending, Cecilia Koetting, OD, FAAO (1 hour)

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM - North Carolina State Board of Examiners in Optometry Election
Elect three optometrists to be sent to the Governor, who will choose one to appoint to the Board. 
Open to all NC-licensed optometrists residing in North Carolina. You do not need to be registered for Spring Congress to attend.

Please note, we will not be holding our Saturday evening Installation Ceremony and Reception this year due to the pandemic. Officers and Trustees will be installed immediately following the NCOS Business Meeting.


Cecilia Koetting, OD, FAAO
Bio coming soon

Chad Morgan, OD

North Carolina
Bio coming soon

Jessica Schiffbauer, OD, FAAO
Bio coming soon

Sean Smolenyak, OD
North Carolina
Bio coming soon

Exhibitors: Only 2021 NCOS Partners will be allowed to exhibit at Spring Congress. If you are interested in becoming a Partner, click here.

Room Block:

A room block is available at the Embassy Suites hotel and at the Kingston Plantation Condos & Villas. Oceanview rooms at the Embassy Suites start at $255/night. Kingston Plantation villas start at $189/night (one, two, and three bedroom villas available). Kingston Plantation oceanview condos (two and three bedroom condos available) start at $311/night. 

Room reservations are available until the room block closes on May 9 or when the room block sells out, whichever occurs first. The group reservation link will be provided in the registration confirmation email. 

Meeting and Event Policies: click here. For this year's Spring Congress cancellations received up to 1 week prior to the event will be entitled to a full refund. Cancellations received after this time frame will not be entitled to a refund. Emergency situations can alter this policy on a case-by-case basis. 

For questions, contact Christy Santacana, Meetings Coordinator, at (919) 977-6964 or [email protected]. 

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