COVID-19 update – March 31

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” – Albert Einstein

20/20 Beyond Limitations is the theme of the 2020 COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. On behalf of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) and the COS Annual Meeting Planning Committee, we look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver, British Columbia from Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28 for the largest gathering of ophthalmologists in Canada.

As the premier venue for knowledge transfer in our field, COS will host 18 international keynote speakers and will present 53 sessions offering new perspectives in ophthalmology including cutting-edge surgical innovations, state-of-the-art advances in ophthalmic diagnostics and evidence-based updates.

Program highlights

COS Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
COS is pleased to honour Dr. Simon Holland as the 2020 recipient of the COS Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes a member ophthalmologist who has made a significant contribution to eye care during their lifelong career in medicine. The COS Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a sustained impact nationally and internationally on the growth of the profession and who has maintained the highest standard of patient care in their practice. Dr. Holland will receive this award on Friday, June 26 during the session Current Concepts I. See Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020

Everyday Mindfulness for Busy Clinicians – Thursday, June 25
In this one-day workshop, we will address physician wellness by introducing and developing mindfulness skills in participants so that they can tackle these contributing factors more skillfully at personal, interpersonal, and system levels. The emphasis will be placed on experiential exercises and everyday strategies aiming to enhance personal and situational awareness in a physician’s busy life. A variety of formats including mindfulness training, didactic sharing, dyad exercises, prose/poem reading, and group discussion will be used to ensure an interactive experience that is invigorating, informative, and practical. There is a maximum attendance for this workshop of 30 participants. Advanced registration is required.

Resident and Young Ophthalmologist Symposium – Thursday, June 25
Entitled “Pursuing an impactful and stimulating career in ophthalmology,” this symposium will include talks from international keynote speakers, expert Canadian ophthalmologists and your peers, all sharing their experience and top pearls for a fulfilling career in ophthalmology. You won’t want to miss this afternoon session.

  • Job Fair for Residents and Young Ophthalmologists – New this year, COS will host a networking event and job fair to bring together the future of ophthalmology with potential employers from across Canada. The job fair is open to all, is FREE to attend and will take place on Friday, June 26 from 5:15 to 6:15 PM. We look forward to seeing you there!

With more sessions, more opportunities across all CanMEDS Roles, and more access to accredited sessions across all MOC Sections than ever, this year’s meeting will be one to remember. We look forward to connecting with you in Vancouver at the 2020 COS Annual Meeting!


Mona H. Dagher, MD, FRCSC
Chair, Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Learning objectives

By participating in the COS Annual Meeting, attendees will:

  • Integrate into their practice, knowledge and skills gained from the sharing of Canadian and international research and scientific studies
  • Discuss recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases
  • Compare and contrast core concepts, new advances, and clinical experiences by networking with colleagues and internationally renowned keynote speakers
  • Enhance or develop new skills through hands-on learning experience in a Surgical Skills Transfer Course
  • Appraise new and innovative technology and discuss developments in treatment and medical devices with industry representatives in the Exhibition Hall