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Program Highlights by Day

The Academy's annual meeting provides many learning opportunities from scientific and practice management courses to skills labs and beyond. Below is only a sample of all that AAO 2014 has to offer each day.

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Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness (SYM58, 2 - 5:30 p.m.) A combined meeting with the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE).
    The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators offers expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for ophthalmic educators.
  • Two half-day coding sessions (separate registration and fee required):
    Introduction to Ophthalmic Coding and ICD-10-CM (8 - 11 a.m.)
    Coding Camp and Advanced ICD-10-CM (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Four practice management master classes including:
    The Profitable Practice: Managing Your Billing Operations (SPE03, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    Scott Deming's Emotional Brand Building Workshop (SPE02, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Two Academy Café sessions:
    IRIS Registry, moderated by William L Rich III MD FACS (1:15 - 2:30 p.m.)
    Cataract, moderated by Terry Kim MD (3:15 - 4:30 p.m.)
  • The Entrepreneurial ASC: Embracing Policy, People, Possibilities and Planning (SPE24, 12 - 4 p.m.) This symposium focuses on contemporary legislative, regulatory, reimbursement, business and marketing issues that affect the performance of the ophthalmic ASC.
  • Global Symposium: Low Vision Rehabilitation and New Technologies for the Developing World (SYM01, 2 - 3:30 p.m.) The symposium will address visual rehabilitation for those with low vision and the potential of new technologies to improve eye care in the developing world.

Sunday, Oct. 19

  • Opening Session (SYM61, 8:30 - 10 a.m.) 
  • Spotlight on Pediatric Ophthalmology: Front Line and First Steps—Management of Strabismus for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist (SPO1, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Hear practical tips that the comprehensive ophthalmologist can use in evaluating and managing strabismus and diplopia in both adults and children, then Continue the Conversation in the Learning Lounge, Theater 2 (12:15 p.m.)
  • Great Debate: Retina (SYM47, 2 - 3:15 p.m.) Groups of debaters will argue the pros and cons of controversial topics with audience votes determining the best arguments.
  • The Bruce E. Spivey MD Lecture in Risk Management and Patient Safety (SPE15, 2 - 4 p.m.) given by Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS. He will lecture on education and training programs that enhance patient safety and minimize risk of adverse outcomes.
  • Spotlight on Glaucoma: Medical and Surgical Management for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist (SPO2, 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.) Glaucoma experts will provide their perspective on some of the most important questions in glaucoma management.
  • Fall Council Meeting (SPE10, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • 2014 Orbital Gala (6 - 10 p.m.)

Monday, Oct. 20

  • Cataract Monday:
    Spotlight on Cataracts: Clinical Decision-making With Cataract Complications (SPO3, 8:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) This case-based video symposium will focus on cataract surgical complications, concluding with the Kelman Lecture.
    Challenges in Cataract Surgery: Gems to Take Home and Treasure (SYM39, 2 - 4 p.m.) A combined meeting with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. The symposium will feature a series of expert speakers to discuss the most significant challenges in cataract surgery.
  • Senator Rand H. Paul, MD (R-KY) is the only ophthalmologist currently serving in Congress. Don't miss this special opportunity to hear his views on healthcare when he delivers the Parker Heath Lecture as part of The Affordable Care Act: Present and Future Prospects for Ophthalmology, a combined meeting with the American Medical Association Ophthalmology Section Council. (SYM22, 8:30 – 10 a.m.)
  • NEW! The inaugural Jones/Smolin Lecture, given by Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD, will take place during Clinical Pearls in the Diagnosis of Masquerades in Infectious and Inflammatory Disease of the Eye, a combined meeting with the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group (OMIG) (SYM26, 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.)
  • Broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff will speak at Visual Impact of Traumatic Brain: Lessons Learned (SPE18, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.) about his experience having suffered multiple brain injuries in a near-fatal bomb explosion in Iraq. Speakers will also discuss the nature of TBI spectrum including assessment and management.
  • NEW! The inaugural Dr. Allan Jensen and Claire Jensen Lecture in Professionalism and Ethics (SYM33, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.) will be given by Gerald B. Hickson, MD.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Earn up to nine hours of CME by attending courses until 5:30 p.m. Choose from 80 instruction courses on a variety of topics. You can also participate in non-CME sessions at the Technology Pavilion and Learning Lounge.

  • Ophthalmic Premier League: A Team Video Competition on Managing Cataract Complications (SYM60, 8:30 - 10 a.m.) where four teams will "compete" for the AAO-OPL trophy, awarded based on audience votes.
  • The Cornea Society, co-sponsored with the German Ophthalmological Society, will present Advanced Treatment of Ocular Surface Inflammatory Diseases (SYM46, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Global Trends in Retina: Learning From Each Other (517, 9 - 10 a.m.) endorsed by SOE and Global Ophthalmology, will outline the variations in current global trends in managing vitreoretinal diseases.
  • Video Program "Best of Show" Ceremony in the Learning Lounge, Theater 3 (9:30 a.m.)
  • A number of courses are designated as "self-assessment" credit and are pre-approved by the ABO for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part II CME requirements, including:
    Corneal Topographic Analysis and Anterior Segment Imaging: Pearls for Your Clinical Practice (537, 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) highlighting several imaging systems and technologies.
    Update Your Anterior Chamber Angle Skills: How to Best Examine, Grade, and Treat (574, 12:45 - 3 p.m.) to improve your chamber angle organizational skills to overcome chamber angle neglect.