MEDICAL LASER SAFETY OFFICER
LASER CERTIFICATIONS AND ANNUAL LASER SAFETY UPDATE
3rd Day is for the Update & then Aesthetic Review & Certification
$895 regular fee for the full 3 days
$475 Day 1 only Laser Techs
$295 Day 3 only Update and/or Aesthetic Review & Exam
NCLC LASER CERTIFICATION EXAMS & REVIEWS INCLUDED
MLSO on day 2, and Aesthetic Operator day 3
THIS PROGRAM, USUALLY GIVEN IN MAY EACH YEAR, IS ON HOLD FOR 2021
BECAUSE OF THE COVID SITUATION. IF THINGS IMPROVE BY MARCH WE MAY STILL HAVE IT IN MAY - OR PUSH IT BACK TO NEXT WINTER.
IF YOU WANT TO BE PUT ON A NOTIFICATION LIST THEN PLEASE EMAIL
Marathon Florida - Florida Keys - Marathon Yacht Club
- 3 days
EARN AN NCLC LASER CERTIFICATION WHILE YOU'RE HERE ........
Medical Laser Safety Officer, or Aesthetic Laser Operator.
ANSI STANDARDS REQUIRE "RECURRENCY" TRAINING ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS AT A MINIMUM. THIS ANNUAL UPDATE PROGRAM WILL MEET THAT REQUIREMENT FOR YOU.
The Update Course allows you to take ANY of our online courses in advance (included in the course fee), and then optionally take the NCLC Laser Certification Review & Exam at the course. -- see the course summary sheet.
Since Aesthetic Laser Operators need at least 24 hours of training in order to even qualify to take the Certification exam on Sunday, you may take our online Aesthetic Laser program for FREE prior to attending, in order to qualify for the exam.
NOTE: You may sign in and out of individual sessions if some topic areas do not affect you. Certificates of Attendance will be modified accordingly.
Professional Medical Education Assn & The Laser Training Institute™, and
National Council on Laser Certification (NCLC)
MEETING LOCATION: Marathon Yacht Club, 825 33rd St Gulf, Marathon Florida 33050
ANNUAL UPDATE: Once a year we offer an "Update" course on Laser Safety and offer any of the NCLC Laser Certifications. It's held in the Florida Keys. We've combined this program with our regular 2 day Medical Laser Safety Officer (LSO) course and Certification testing. The first day of that would apply also to laser techs operating equipment who don't need the full 2 days. Medical Laser Safety Officers do both days. The third day is reserved for the "Laser Update" in the morning, then in the afternoon there is the Aesthetic Laser Operator Certification Review, with testing to follow for qualified individuals. For those taking the LSO Certification exam, the 2 days in class will give you enough hours to qualify to take that Certification Exam. Not so though for Aesthetic Operators. You need 24 hours of formal training in order to qualify to take that exam, and this program itself will not give that to you. For that reason we'll provide our online Aesthetic Laser Course to you at NO CHARGE ($695 value) whether you attend the full 3 days or just the last day for the Aesthetic Certification. You'll need to show up though in order to receive your Certificate. For those attending the full 3 days who have already had Safety officer or other training, and you don't need to sit through the entire program, You can pick and choose what portions to sit in on and credits on your Certificates will reflect that. Maybe you just want the refresher on the Laser & Energy Concepts the first morning. Maybe you want just the review of the ANSI Laser Safety Standards the 2nd morning. You pick and choose the portions that will be useful to you. The third morning will cover selected short topics as updates in the medical laser field (some of the topics listed in the schedule below).
LASER SAFETY CURRENCY: The ANSI Laser Safety Standards requires recurrent safety training for key staff no less than once every five years, or as often as your program decides. Attending this Safety Update will meet this requirement for any staff and LSO's. If you don't have a copy of these latest standards and you're the LSO, then you need a copy. The "new" Standards were released in 2018 and we'll be going over those in detail. Even though you need to buy a copy of these standards, attendees will receive a "Cliff Notes" summary of them which is easier to read, and contains a list of all of the changes from the previous standard.
LASER SAFETY OFFICERS & RE-CERTIFICATION: Every 3 Years. All of the Certified Medical Laser Safety Officers are required to re-certify once every three years. They sometimes find it easier just to retake the exam every three years. We can do this for you at the annual review at no additional cost. Even if you don't need to re-certify yet, it's still very helpful to go through the review just as a refresher. For those Safety Officers who hold a BLS Laser Safety Officer Certification you may upgrade to the original NCLC Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) Certification at no charge, and if you sit for the exam it will be good for another 3 years. This year you'll be able to access an online LSO practice exam prior to your attendance, which automatically grades your exam and shows corrections when you get one wrong. The content is very close to the actual exam.
LASER SAFETY OFFICERS & INITIAL CERTIFICATION: If you're not already Certified as a MLSO, then here's your chance. The first two days of the Update course has enough hours to qualify you to take the exam. The exams are administered at no additional charge. The 2018 ANSI standards now recommend CERTIFICATION as a Medical Laser Safety Officer.
OTHER LASER CERTIFICATION EXAMS: AESTHETIC OPERATOR, LASER HAIR REMOVAL, LASER REPAIR TECHNICIAN
If you wish to pursue Certification as either a Laser Hair Removal Specialist, or the more encompassing Aesthetic Laser Specialist, you may attend the Review and take the Exam at the course. The LSO and the Aesthetic Exams will be available, but you need to let us know in advance if you want that exam. The exam for hair removal will not have a review prior to the exam and you'd need to meet the hours to qualify to take them, but we can provide those exams upon advance request. For Aesthetic Operator and Repair Technician, we will give you advance access to the online practice exams.
If you are pursuing an actual CERTIFICATION (not just the Certificate of Training) then review the requirements in the CERTIFICATION HANDBOOK
$895 regular registration fee for the three day program. The price is the same if you attend just the 2 day LSO portion.
$475 for those attending only day 1 of the program - for laser techs operating lasers - generally in hospitals for physicians.
$295 for those attending only day 3 of the program - the UPDATE portion, plus the Aesthetic Laser Review & Exam at your option.
ON THE REGISTRATION FORM - JUST INDICATE WHICH DAY(S) YOU ARE ATTENDING IF IT IS NOT FOR THE FULL COURSE,
AND YOU WILL BE CHARGED ACCORDING TO THE PRICING LISTED ABOVE - OR JUST CALL US.
ANSI Z136.3 Standards - $159. Include request with your registration. If you already have access to a copy you don't need another, and only the LSO's really require a copy.
Just use the online registration at either the $895, $495 or $295 price to register.
Enter into the "Remarks" section which days you're taking if not the entire 3 days, and "TAKING EXAM" to register for any Certification Exam. Of course you can always pick up the phone and call us after you register as well. If you are registering for the 3rd day for the Aesthetic Exam, and need the online course first to qualify, then note that in the remarks as well and we can get you setup.
CLASSROOM LOCATION: Marathon Yacht Club, 825 33rd St Gulf, Marathon FL 33050
Course Times & Outline: 2020 MEDICAL LASER SAFETY OFFICER, OPERATOR, AND ANNUAL LASER SAFETY UPDATE: -
Saturday Apr 18. 7-8pm SUNSET COCKTAIL RECEPTION, AND PRE-REGISTRATION
Marathon Yacht Club - classes below also held at the Yacht Club
DAY 1: Sunday Apr 19. - Laser Techs Course, and 1st Day of 2 Day LSO Course
- Dan Little, CLSO/M, CBET, Gregory Absten, CLSO/M
7:30 am - Coffee, Registration
7:55 am - Course Introduction - Clarify the Day 1, Day 1-2, and Day 3 Training and Certifications
8:00 am - FUNDAMENTALS OF LASER & LIGHT USE (Laser Biophysics) & Tissue Effects
Practical laser biophysics - Types of Lasers & Light Sources - Pulse Lengths - Wavelengths
Energy Concepts - Dosimetry - Delivery Systems - Thermal Relaxation times - IPL vs Laser
Light/Tissue Interaction - Photodynamic Therapy - Pulsing & CW beam delivery - Delivery devices
9:30 am - BREAK
9:45 am - CONTINUE with FUNDAMENTALS OF LASER & LIGHT USE
12:00 pm - LUNCH - Provided. Marathon Yacht Club
1:15 pm - MEDICAL LASER SAFETY - Risk Assessment, Administrative & Procedural Controls
Compliance with ANSI Z136.3 Laser Safety Standards, including new airway recommendations
2:15 pm - BREAK
2:30 pm - CONTINUE with LASER SAFETY - Laser Safety Practices,
Safety including considerations for Surgical & Aesthetic Environments
5:00 pm - Adjourn -
Day 2: Monday Apr 20 - 2nd Day of LSO Course, plus LSO Certification Exam - Gregory Absten, CLSO/M
7:30 am - Coffee & Sign-in
8:00 am - 11: am
REVIEW OF ANSI Z136.3 STANDARDS (New 2018 Standards) - Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities
10-10:15 am BREAK
11:00 am CERTIFICATION REVIEW - Detailed "Jam Session" Review for
NCLC Medical Laser Safety Officer Certification
12:15 LUNCH - Provided - Marathon Yacht Club
1:30 pm NCLC LASER CERTIFICATION EXAM - PROCTORED TESTING
This is at the option of the attendee, but included in this program. 3 hrs allotted for testing.
Many finish within 2 hours. Participants will be able to review their score before leaving.
There is no "down-side" if you do not pass the exam the first time. You still receive the
Certificate of Laser Training.
4:30 pm. Adjourn - (You can leave whenever you are finished with the examination)
Day 3: Sat Apr 6 - Annual Laser Update - Followed by Aesthetic Laser Review & Certification Exam
Gregory Absten CLSO/M, Don Ciesielski
7:30 am - Coffee & Sign-in
8:00 am - How to Save Money on Laser Care and Maintenance for the User. - Don Ciesielski
8:45 am - Update Topics - . - Gregory Absten CLSO/M
9:30 am - BREAK
9:45 am - Update Topics - - Gregory Absten CLSO/M
UPDATE TOPICS - Medical/Aesthetic - will include, but not be limited to, short summaries of:
- The Aesthetic Rush in Medicine - evolution to “Non-Core” physicians and medispas
- Light based home-use hair removal devices - do they work?
- Tattoo Removal - Evaluation of 15 laser and Perfluorocarbon Combinations. What’s best?
- Tattoo Removal - Rapid Acoustic Pulse Devices for single session tattoo removal
- Tattoo Removal - Cosmetic Oral Mucosal Tattoos (inside the lips)
- Laser Tx of Traumatic and Surgical Scars
- Acne Scar Tx with Fractional Dual Wavelength Picosecond Lasers
- Vaginal Rejuvenation - a cross sectional analysis and cause for concern
- Vaginal Tightening Complications - 3 Cases
- Fractional Laser and other Tx for Urinary Symptoms in Postmeopausal women - a clinical trial
- Microcirculatory Response to Visible Red vs. Near Infrared laser
A Glimpse at the future:
- Laser Ultrasound - MIT article
- Non-invasive Laser sensing and destruction of cancer cells in blood stream - IEDE spectrum article
- Optically regulating the fate of endothelial colony-forming cells - Angiogenesis after myocardial infarct
- Artificial Intelligence and laser imaging to classify brain tumors
(and possibly all pathology in the future in near real-time)
Laser Certifications - growing worldwide base of regulatory authorities requiring certifications
11:45 QUESTIONS - Followed by Information on benefits of joining the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery
12:00 LUNCH -
1:00 pm - Aesthetic Laser Operator Certification Review
Followed by the proctored Laser Certification Examination
5:00 pm - Adjourn
Gregory Absten BSc, MBA, CLSO/M - Executive Director, Professional Medical Education Assn., member ANSI Z136.3 committee, Board of Directors National Council on Laser Certifications. Former Board Director, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery. CLICK for more complete Bio. (opens as .pdf)
Dan Little CBET, CLSO/M - President, Worldlink Biomedical. Technical Director the Laser Training Institute. Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer and Laser Repair Technician. Served as the Director of Clinical Engineering for Roswell Park Cancer Hospital in Buffalo NY for many years, and now runs his own independent laser service company. CLICK for more complete Bio. (opens as .pdf)
Don Ciesielski - Independent Laser Service - "Experience, The Solution". Chicago (area) IL. Don has many years of experience as a Biomedical Engineer, and as an independent laser service agent covering a wide variety of laser systems. He also serves as faculty for the Laser Repair Course by The Laser Training Institute given four times per year.
What You Get - included with this course:
- The Lasers in Medicine and Surgery manual, sent in advance electronically (we're green)
- Copy of slides for the presentations (pdf copy)
- Laser Certification Review Outline - for the exam of your choice
- Online, self-grading practice exams for either the Laser Safety Officer or Aesthetic Laser Operator
- Online Laser Course - if you need it in order to qualify for the Aesthetic Laser Operator exam.
- Accredited Certificates of Laser Training.
Accreditation: - Certificate of Laser Training provided. Accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
24.1 Nursing Contact Hours for the full program, but will vary depending on the segments you attend. Certificates mailed after the course. Qualifies for Category II CME when submitted by the physician.
Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 12386. Most states offer reciprocity and accept these credits.
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Hotels - Here are some of the Hotels/Motels in Marathon. They range from the pricey, to mom and pop affordable. I have not listed any of the "dive" motels here - anything on this list is clean and reasonable, and I'd personally stay in any of them (Greg Absten). The top of the list is toward the Key West side of Marathon at 7 mile bridge, and as you go down it's toward Miami.
Isla Bella Beach Resort (within a mile - at base of seven mile bridge)
The Hammocks at Marathon (close)
Hyatt Place at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club (close - walkable)
Marriott Courtyard (close - walkable)
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Resort (closest - walkable) Condo like resort
Marathon Yacht Club in middle (no accommodations - just the meeting space)
Banana Bay Resort & Marina (close)
Sea Dell Motel
Reef at Marathon Resort - accommodates 6 people in a 2 br 2 bath villa, full kitchen, living room
Ranch House Motel -
Coconut Cay Resort & Marina (medium distance)
Skipjack Resort - Suites - Marina - backside of Boot Key Harbor away from US 1.
Holiday Inn Express (3-4 miles - close to Key Colony Beach)
Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel Resort (4 miles, in Key Colony Beach)
Hawk's Cay Resort (10+ miles)