Receiving AA absence and/or reimbursement for travel to attend CME can be easy for some and difficult for others.  Each facility determines how the granting of Authorized Absence (AA) is handled and how much if any is granted.  By HR policy it is not mandatory that AA be granted, or than any funding be provided for Optometrists to attend CME.  It is an individual facility decision and therefore the granting of AA and or the reimbursement for attendance at a CME event is a local decision.

See https://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5011.pdf

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