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What’s Happening

Announcing the 2005 Academy Awards
It is with great pleasure and pride that the board of trustees and the awards committee announce this year’s award recipients.

Special Awards Program
Individuals who are honored in the Special Awards Program will attend the 2005 Annual Meeting in Chicago as guests of Academy president Susan H. Day, MD. The awards will formally be presented to them at the Opening Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Guest of Honor Award
Recipients of this year’s award were selected in honor of their ongoing importance to ophthalmology.
  Our patients
  Our teachers
  Our residents

Distinguished Service Award
This award honors an individual or organization for ongoing notable service to ophthalmology and to the Academy.
  Lions Club

Special Recognition Award
This award honors individuals (ophthalmologists and nonophthalmologists) for their lifetime commitment to and support of ophthalmology. It may also be presented to an organization for outstanding service in a specific effort or cause that has improved the quality of eye care.
  Rotary International

Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award

This award recognizes Academy members for their outstanding contribution to humanitarian efforts, such as participation in charitable activities, care of the indigent, involvement in community service and other forms of ophthalmological care performed above and beyond the typical duties of an ophthalmologist.
  Marilyn T. Miller, MD
  Alan L. Robin, MD

International Blindness Prevention Award
This award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the prevention of blindness or the restoration of sight around the world.
  Allen Foster, FRCS, FRCOphth

Achievement Awards Program
The Achievement Awards program recognizes individuals (members and nonmembers) for their time and contribution to the scientific programs of the Annual Meeting and those who serve as Academy committee members, representatives, trustees, councilors, authors, coauthors and reviewers of educational material.

Life Achievement Award
Individuals who have cumulatively earned 60 points and have made significant contributions to ophthalmology as determined by the awards committee are nominated to receive this award.

  Froncie A. Gutman, MD
  C. P. Wilkinson, MD

Senior Achievement Award
Individuals who have cumulatively earned 30 points are nominated to receive this award.

  Priscilla Perry Arnold, MD
  Antonio Capone Jr., MD
  George A. Cioffi, MD
  Jack M. Dodick, MD
  Steven C. Dresner, MD
  Jonathan J. Dutton, MD, PhD
  Richard A. Eiferman, MD
  Robert D. Fechtner, MD, FACS
  Allan J. Flach, MD
  James C. Fleming, MD
  Paul T. Gavaris, MD
  Douglas A. Jabs, MD, MBA
  W. Bruce Jackson, MD, FRCSC                
  Glenn J. Jaffe, MD
  Chris A. Johnson, PhD
  Mark W. Johnson, MD
  Jost B. Jonas, MD
  Sara A. Kaltreider, MD
  James A. Katowitz, MD
  Michael L. Klein, MD
  Stephen D. Klyce, PhD
  Ingrid Kreissig, MD
  David W. Lamberts, MD
  Paul P. Lee, MD, JD
  Marc F. Lieberman, MD

  Careen Yen Lowder, MD, PhD
  Marian Sue Macsai-Kaplan, MD
  Nick Mamalis, MD
  John Marshall, PhD
  Helen A. Mintz-Hittner, MD, FACS
  Marlene R. Moster, MD
  Jody R. Piltz-Seymour, MD
  William L. Rich III, MD
  A. Ralph Rosenthal, MD
  Peter A. D. Rubin, MD
  Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD
  John R. Samples, MD
  Mark B. Sherwood, MD
  Steven T. Simmons, MD
  Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH
  Stephen G. Slade, MD, FACS
  Kerry D. Solomon, MD
  Richard F. Spaide, MD
  John E. Sutphin, MD
  Elias I. Traboulsi, MD
  Ruth D. Williams, MD
  M. Edward Wilson Jr., MD
  Ira G. Wong, MD
  Marco A. Zarbin, MD, PhD, FACS       

Achievement Award
Individuals who have cumulatively earned 10 points are nominated to receive the Achievement Award.

  Mark A. Alford, MD
  Lisa B. Arbisser, MD
  Raj V. Azad, MD, FRCS
  Jason Bacharach, MD 
  Thomas L. Beardsley, MD 
  Ashley Behrens, MD
  J. Brent Bond, MD
  Norbert Bornfeld, MD
  Claude R. Boscher, MD
  Daniel James Briceland, MD    
  Geoffrey Broocker, MD, FACS              
  Brandon G. Busbee, MD
  Judie F. Charlton, MD
  James Chodosh, MD
  Y. Ralph Chu, MD
  Roy S. Chuck, MD, PhD
  Nathan G. Congdon, MD
  Stuart G. Coupland, PhD
  Karl G. Csaky, MD
  Emmett T. Cunningham Jr., MD, PhD
  A. Bawa Dass, MD
  Hakan Demirci, MD
  Richard F. Dennis, MD
  Patrick J. Droste, MD
  Lee R. Duffner, MD, FACS
  James Philip Dunn Jr., MD
  Chaim Edelstein, MD, FRCSC
  Jane C. Edmond, MD
  Thomas Carl Fenzl, MD
  Christina J. Flaxel, MD
  Michael H. Foerster, MD
  Rod Foroozan, MD
  Ronald Eric P. Frenkel, MD
  Neil J. Friedman, MD
  Luther L. Fry, MD, FACS
  Christopher A. Girkin, MD
  Bernard F. Godley, MD, PhD, FACS
  Kate Goldblum, RN, CRNO
  Dan S. Gombos, MD
  Lynn K Gordon, MD, PhD
  Mae O. Gordon, PhD
  Michael Gordon, MD
  Justin L. Gottlieb, MD
  Ramzi K. Hemady, MD
  Jeffrey D. Henderer, MD
  Ana Luisa Hofling-Lima, MD, MBA           
  Mike P. Holzer, MD
  Michael S. Ip, MD
  J. Michael Jumper, MD

  Stephen C. Kaufman, MD  
  Moncef Khairallah, MD
  Peng T. Khaw, MD, PhD
  Terry Kim, MD
  Young H. Kwon, MD, PhD
  Linda M. Lawrence, MD
  Shan C. Lin, MD
  Sangeeta C. Logani, MD
  James B. Lynch, JD
  John S. Massare, PhD
  Pascale G. Massin, MD
  Gerrit R. J. Melles, MD, PhD
  Michael Mercandetti, MD, MBA
  James P. Milite, MD
  Michael L. Miller, MD
  T. Glendon Moody, MD
  Michael L. Murphy, MD, FACS
  Renato Augusto Neves, MD
  Masahito Ohji, MD
  David J. Palmer, MD
  P. Andrew Pearson, MD
  Dante Pieramici, MD
  Arnold S. Prywes, MD
  Franco M. Recchia, MD
  Emanuel S. Rosen, MD
  Jeanne L. Rosenthal, MD
  Steven E. Rubin, MD, FACS
  Jon M. Ruderman, MD
  Allan R. Rutzen, MD
  David A. Saperstein, MD
  Paul N. Schacknow, MD, PhD
  M. Cathleen Schanzer, MD, FACS
  Susan H. Senft, MD
  Namrata Sharma, MBBS, MD
  Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD
  Michael E. Snyder, MD
  Michael J. Taravella, MD
  Joseph Tauber, MD
  Rasik B. Vajpayee, MD
  Gary Alan Varley, MD
  Abhay Raghukant Vasavada, MS, FRCS
  David D. Verdier, MD
  David K. Wallace, MD
  Thomas Peter Ward, MD
  Daniel T. Weaver, MD
  Jayne S. Weiss, MD
  Robert A. Weiss, MD
  Michael T. Yen, MD
  Norman A. Zabriskie, MD

Secretariat Award Program
The Secretariat Awards program recognizes ophthalmologists for contributions that are outside the scope of the Achievement Awards program. Each of the Academy’s secretaries and senior secretaries can submit nominees to the Academy’s awards committee.

Nominated by the secretaries
for Quality of Care & Knowledge  
Base Development, New
Ophthalmic Information and
Ophthalmic Knowledge, and
the senior secretary for Clinical Education:   
  Anthony C. Arnold, MD
  Louis B. Cantor, MD
  Emily Y. Chew, MD
  David K. Coats, MD
  Sharon Fekrat, MD
  Douglas E. Gaasterland, MD
  Karl C. Golnik, MD
  Alice Y. Matoba, MD
  Monte D. Mills, MD
  Emanuel Newmark, MD
  Alan Sugar, MD
  Jayne S. Weiss, MD
  Fred M. Wilson II, MD
  John J. Woog, MD

Nominated by the secretary for
the Annual Meeting:
  Eric Donnenfeld, MD

Nominated by the secretary for
State Affairs and Federal Affairs
and the senior
secretary for Advocacy:

  Norbert M. Becker, MD
  Beth K. Bruening, MD

  William E. Clark Jr., MD
  James C. Orcutt, MD
  Paul N. Orloff, MD
  Nathan A. Ravi, MD
  David Reifler, MD
  Jennifer H. Smith, MD
  Ann A. Warn, MD
  George A. Williams, MD

Nominated by the secretary for Communications:
  Stuart R. Dankner, MD
  Antonio Huaman, MD
  Ivan R. Schwab, MD

Nominated by the senior secretary for
Ophthalmic Practice:

  Tamara Fountain, MD

Nominated by the editor of
Ophthalmology:

  Neil R. Miller, MD
  Anthony Realini, MD
  Alan Sugar, MD
  Scheffer Tseng, MD,PhD

Nominated by the secretary for
Member Services:

  Paul P. Lee, MD, JD
  Malcolm L. Mazow, MD
Scope of Practice Update
On May 14, ophthalmologist Tully C. Patrowicz, MD, was elected to a critical position in organized medicine—a three-year term on the board of directors at the Federation of State Medical Boards.

The Federation is the representative body of 70 medical licensing authorities throughout the United States and its territories. As such, it plays a key role in ensuring that systems of medical licensing and discipline are maintained at a high standard.

As a director of the FSMB and a member of its committee on scope of practice, Dr. Patrowicz will be an important advocate for quality eye care.

 

For the Record

Notice of the Annual Business Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the annual business meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, in Hall B at McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill., from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Officer Nominees
In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for officers to the Academy, made by the Academy board of trustees in June.

Please note that senior secretary for Advocacy is a three-year term and that two trustee-at-large positions are available in 2006.

Also, the Council nominated both candidates for chairman and vice chairman of the Council during the Mid-Year Forum in April.
  President-Elect
  C. P. Wilkinson, MD
  Senior secretary for Advocacy
  Randolph L. Johnston, MD
  Trustees-at-Large
  Anne L. Coleman, MD
  Paul Sternberg Jr., MD
  Chair, The Council
 
John R. Stechschulte, MD
  Vice Chair, The Council
 
Martin Wand, MD

Nomination Procedures for the 2006 and 2007 Boards of Trustees
On Jan. 1, 2006, six board of trustee positions will become vacant.

Elections to fill those positions will take place by mail ballot after the Oct. 16, 2005, annual business meeting.

To nominate a candidate by petition for the 2006 board, submit a written petition to the Academy’s executive vice president no later than Aug. 16. The petition must be signed by at least 50 voting Academy members and fellows.

To suggest a nominee for the 2007 board, watch for the call for nominations that will be published in January’s EyeNet Magazine.

To read the rules in full, see Article V of the Academy’s bylaws at www.aao.org/bylaws

 

FYI

You Can Now Offer Patients Their Own Online Health Record
The Academy’s partner Medem, a physician-patient communications network, has launched the iHealthRecord.

This new service allows patients to set up their own health record online. It not only stores the patient’s personal health information, but also it provides interactive programs that help patients better understand their medical conditions and medications.

Participants can opt to share access to this health care record with their physician, family members or loved ones who are helping to orchestrate care. A participant can also print out a wallet card that provides emergency contact information and directions to access the record.

For more information about this service, visit www.ihealthrecord.com and select “For Physicians.”

New Travel Award Promotes Careers in Neuro-Ophthalmology
The North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society has announced a new program to promote the study of neuro-ophthalmology.

Residents in ophthalmology or neurology can apply to receive up to $1,500 for a travel scholarship to attend the NANOS Annual Meeting in Tucson, Ariz. from Feb. 25 to March 2, 2006. The award is intended to help cover the cost of travel, accommodation and meals. Complimentary meeting registration of $650 is also included. Any costs for optional educational programs, guests or activities must be borne by the awardees.

Preference will be given to those applicants who have potential for a career in academic medicine and who might be interested in choosing neuro-ophthalmology as their career focus.

Eligibility for the NANOS Resident Scholar Travel Award Program:

  • Applicants must be either a Neurology or Ophthalmology Resident
  • Applicants must submit a complete application package, as defined below.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to present at the Walsh Session, NANOS Platform Session or NANOS Poster Session during the upcoming Annual NANOS Meeting.

The application package must include the following:

  • the resident’s curriculum vitae
  • a one-page personal statement by the Resident describing their current academic interests, why they are interested in attending the meeting and what their future career plans are (including level of interest in neuro-ophthalmology)
  • a recommendation letter from a Neurology or Ophthalmology faculty member, preferably a Neuro-ophthalmologist, from the applicant’s home institution describing why this candidate should receive this award
  • a copy of the accepted paper (Walsh, Poster or Platform) for that year’s meeting if applicable.
  • An electronic submission is encouraged (Andrew-lee@uiowa.edu) but mail or fax is acceptable

Andrew G. Lee, M.D., 200 Hawkins Drive PFP, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa 52242 (319-353-7996 fax).

Deadline for receipt of applications: December 1, 2005 for the 2006 32nd Annual NANOS Meeting from February 25 - March 2, 2006 at Starr Pass Marriott in Tucson, AZ.

Awards will be presented during the Annual Banquet, the Wednesday of the Annual Meeting. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend this event which is included as part of the Annual Meeting registration fee.

Check Out a New Uveitis Web Site
Prevent Blindness America has launched an online resource for both patients and health care professionals.

Patients can visit the Uveitis Learning Center to read about symptoms, treatments and recommendations on how to work with their ophthalmologist on treating the disease.

Physicians can visit the Uveitis Resource Center for links to uveitis management resources, article abstracts and patient education materials.

To visit the Web site,visit www.preventblindness.org/uveitis.

Apply for a Grant to Research Rosacea
It is estimated that 14 million U.S. citizens are affected by rosacea, a chronic disorder of the facial skin and eyes. To promote research into the potential causes and other key aspects of this condition, the National Rosacea Society is funding six new research grants totaling $146,419.

The deadline to apply for one of these grants is September 15.

For more information, phone 847-382-8971 or e-mail rosaceas@aol.com.

 

Washington Report

The Academy Tackles the ASC List

The Academy made substantial progress with the new list of approved ambulatory surgical center procedures, but there is still work to be done.

The CMS has been responsive. In its “interim final rule” on Medicare-approved ASC procedures, the CMS added 10 procedure codes that weren’t previously covered and retained 15 ophthalmic codes that had originally been slated for deletion. The updated rule is effective July 5. (For a list of the approved codes, see June’s Savvy Coder at www.eyenetmagazine.org/archives.)

But there is still room for improvement. The Academy plans to submit a few additional procedures to further expand the revised ASC list. Furthermore, the Academy remains frustrated by the CMS update process. Although the agency’s speed of review has improved, Medicare beneficiaries still suffer when delayed updates of the ASC list deny them timely access to some of the latest, most effective and most cost-efficient treatment options in that setting.

The ASC list should be exclusive. “The Academy and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission agree that the ASC list should be changed from an inclusive list to an exclusive one,” said William L. Rich III, MD, the Academy’s medical director of health policy. “This would ensure that all procedures would be covered that the medical profession has deemed safe and appropriate to perform in an ASC setting. This would accomplish our common goal of providing safe, timely and high-quality health care to Medicare beneficiaries.”

A 2004 report by MedPAC, an independent body that advises Congress on Medicare issues, argues that the CMS should replace the current list of Medicare-approved ASC procedures with a list of procedures expressly excluded from Medicare payment, based on clinical safety standards and required overnight stays.

What’s next? The Academy acknowledges that CMS is unlikely to change the current coverage process until major ASC payment reforms occur. The Medicare Modernization Act requires CMS to revise its payment system for ASC services by Jan. 1, 2008. The Academy may need to pursue a legislative fix to get an exclusive covered procedures list to ultimately solve the ASC dilemma.

 

Academy Store

A Survival Manual for New Residents
The revised edition of Practical Ophthalmology: A Manual for Beginning Residents covers the basic clinical techniques that physicians need when transitioning into their ophthalmology residency.

The book covers each element of a thorough ophthalmic examination. It includes instructions for 58 specific testing and examination techniques, more than 200 images and, at the end of each chapter, a “Pitfalls and Pointers” section that provides tips for avoiding or resolving common problems.

Practical Ophthalmology (Product # 0210010) costs $69 for members and $90 for nonmembers.

To buy the book, visit www.aao.org/store or phone the Academy Service Center at 888-393-3671 (toll-free) or 415-561-8540.

 

Meeting Matters

A little advance planning can help you make the most of your time at this year’s Subspecialty Day (Oct. 14 to15) and Annual Meeting (Oct. 15 to 18).

Beat the Clock

Book Today
Act now to get your first choice of flights, hotels and Instruction Courses. Registration, ticket sales and housing reservations opened for Academy and AAOE members on June 29; for nonmembers on July 13.

To register or buy tickets, visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting.

To book your hotel room, contact the official housing company, Expovision, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT. Phone 866-774-0487 (toll-free in the United States) or 703-770-3908; or e-mail aaohousing05@expovision.com.

To save money on travel, visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting and select “Travel & Transportation.” The Academy has negotiated discounts with United Airlines, Avis and Budget Rent A Car.

Cancellations
Cancellations for registration fees, courses and tours will be accepted only if a written notification is received by Wednesday, Aug. 24.

For each item that is cancelled—whether it is a tour, course or meeting registration—each person must pay either a processing fee of $50 or the total cost of the item, whichever is less.

No refunds will be honored for cancellation requests that are received after the Aug. 24 deadline.

To make a cancellation, send your request to the Academy by fax, 415-561-8575, or e-mail, registration@aao.org.

Chicago Beckons

Plenty to Enjoy in This World-Class City
Explore Chicago.
Explore the depths of the ocean at the Shedd Aquarium and the depths of space at the Adler Planetarium. Get a bird’s-eye view from the Sears Tower and an insider’s look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio. From hot dogs to hot jazz, Chicago offers a bounty of culinary and cultural destinations.

To learn more about Chicago’s attractions, visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting and click on “Chicago 2005.”

Bring a guest. Spouses, family members and guests accompanying Annual Meeting registrants may register in the Spouse & Guest Program to purchase tour tickets, visit the Exhibit Hall, attend scientific sessions and purchase instruction course tickets onsite. Highlights of this year’s tours include the history, architecture and sights of Chicago. Take a culinary course, ride a bike through Lincoln Park or learn how Marshall Field’s creates its window displays.

For information on the tour program—or to register —visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting and select “Spouse & Guest Program.”

Bring the kids. What do you do with the kids while you’re at Subspecialty Day or the Annual Meeting?

If they’re aged six months to 12 years, register them at Camp AAO—a safe, nurturing environment staffed by insured, professional caregivers. The children will have an opportunity to make new friends and participate in fun activities.

For child care information, visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting and click on “Camp AAO.” To register, contact Accent on Children’s Arrangements, Inc. by phone, 504-524-1227, by fax, 504-524-1229, or by e-mail, registration@accentoca.com.

Resources

Reserve Camera Time to Personalize Patient Education DVDs
The Academy is now scheduling appointments for the Patient Education DVD Personalization Booth, which will be in the Academy Resource Center at the Annual Meeting.

Six titles are available this year for personalization with your own on-camera introduction: Understanding Diabetic Retinopathy (published in 2005), Understanding AMD (2005), Understanding Cataract Surgery (2004), Understanding LASIK and Wavefront (2004), Understanding Refractive Surgery (2003) and Understanding Glaucoma (2003).

To schedule your appointment, contact Meg Dixit by e-mail, mdixit@aao.org, or by telephone, 415-561-8549.

Special Assistance
The Academy wishes to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded or denied services, segregated or otherwise treated differently from other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids or services. However, the Academy cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification of need.

If you need any of the auxiliary services that are identified in the Americans With Disabilities Act, indicate so on your registration form or e-mail meetings@aao.org.

Events

Get Your Career Off to a Successful Start
The Annual Meeting features several resources developed specifically for young ophthalmologists (YOs).

Sunday, Oct. 16, is YO Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the YO Half-Day Program addresses key business issues. From 2:15 to 5 p.m., The Professional Choices Job Fair gives you the opportunity to meet with representatives from practices that are actively hiring (see next page). And from 4 to 6 p.m., mix with your colleagues at the YO Reception.

Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology: Reality 101 is a free interactive session that takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 12:45 to 2 p.m.

Visit the Professional Choices Business Center to use free interview booths or to add your name to the applicant database. Open from Saturday, Oct. 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Room N426c.

Save 50 percent off the ticket prices for all standard Instruction Courses and Breakfasts with the Experts if you are an Academy member-in-training.

For more information, visit www.aao.org/yo.

You Can Now Register for the 2005 Job Fair
This year’s Professional Choices Job Fair takes place on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Since space is limited, registration is required.

If you have a hiring practice, register for Special Event #SPE18. In addition to the Job Fair, your registration will include access to the Opening Session for Hiring Practices—Hiring an Ophthalmologist for Your Practice: What Do You Need to Know?—on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The registration fee is $360 for members; $560 for nonmembers.

If you are a job seeker, register for Special Event #SPE18A; registration is free.

For more information, go to www.aao.org/jobfair or phone Janine Barth at 415-447-0335.

Run for Vision

Bausch & Lomb and the Eye Bank Association of America will again host the annual Run for Vision 5K-benefit run/walk on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 a.m. in Chicago Park. Celebrating its 20th year, this long-standing event draws hundreds of participants. The $50 fee benefits the EBA.

To register for the race, visit the Academy's Web site at www.aao.org/annual_meeting and select event "SPE07."

Volunteerism

Take a Break from the Stress and Strain of Managed Care
If you’re interested in international ophthalmology, the Annual Meeting provides an easy way to learn about the issues.

Sunday’s free events. The speakers at Worldwide, One New Blind Child Every Minute will provide a concise overview of key strategies that are needed to treat children in developing countries (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room S406a). Attend this year’s International Forum, The Changing Face of World Blindness, to learn about emerging conditions that warrant urgent attention and unsolved challenges that need new solutions (2:30 to 5 p.m. in Room S103bc).

For more information, visit www.faao.org, and select “International Assistance.”

Six ticketed events. Sign up for Instruction Courses on Monday, Oct. 17—How to Prepare and Conduct a Successful International Volunteer Visit (Instruction Course #380; 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.) and Eyes of Africa (#398; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)—and Tuesday, Oct. 18—High-Quality, High-Volume, Low-Cost, Sutureless Cataract Surgery: A Technique for the Developing World (#543; 9 to 10 a.m.), The Current Global Scenario of HIV-Related Eye Diseases (#625; 2 to 3 p.m.) and Cataract Surgery in Developing Countries: Appropriate Technology and Techniques (#654; 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.). There is also a breakfast event on Sunday, Oct. 16: Glaucoma in Developing Countries (#BWE 111; 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.).

To buy a ticket for one of these events, visit www.aao.org/annual_meeting.

In the Exhibit Hall. Browse the Informational Posters and Exhibits and talk with representatives of nongovernmental organizations that support volunteer projects. Visit the International Assistance booth in the Foundation’s Resource Center to ask about the EyeCare Volunteer Registry, which is currently under development. This will be an online computer-matching program that will help you to find a volunteer site that fits your skills and interest.

For more information, visit www.faao.org.

Ophthalmology World News
Next year, the 30th International Congress of Ophthalmology will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from Feb. 19 to 24, 2006.

This supranational conference will be held in conjunction with regional and national ones—the 26th Pan-American Congress of Ophthalmology and the 27th Brazilian Congress of Prevention of Blindness.

Celebrate Philippine Society’s 60th Year

The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology is celebrating its 60th anniversary by partnering with the American Academy of Ophthalmology to host a Joint Meeting in Manila from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2005.

The organizing committee has invited faculty from more than a dozen different countries. All lectures, papers and posters will be presented in English. The fee for Academy members is $200 if they register in advance (before Sept. 30) and $300 onsite. For Academy members-in-training the fee is $100 in advance and $200 onsite.

For more information on the program, registration and hotels, go to www.pao.org.ph.

Meeting in Manila.

The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are planning a joint meeting to celebrate PAO’s 60th anniversary. Pictured above (from left to right): PAO past-president Romulo Aguilar, MD, PAO vice president Dominga Padilla, MD, Academy vice president of Ophthalmic Practice Jane Aguirre, CAE, and PAO president Marcelino Banson, MD.

Members at Large

How Your Council Representatives Help Guide Academy Policy—The Profession (1)
How do you express your hopes or concerns to Academy leadership?

One option is to contact your representative(s) on the Academy’s Council, which is an advisory body to the Academy’s board of trustees. The Council includes representatives from more than 75 state and subspecialty societies and its chairman (Malcolm L. Mazow, MD) and vice-chairman (John R. Stechschulte, MD) are on the Academy’s board.

As a case study in how these representatives influence Academy policy, the recent publication of The Profession of Ophthalmology: Practice Management, Ethics and Advocacy shows how the Council can spur Academy action.

Step 1: A society representative identified a need. At the spring 2003 Council meeting, the California Academy of Ophthalmology argued that residents needed more training in ethics and advocacy. Although the Academy was already offering ethics- and advocacy-oriented resources to residency programs, the CAO pointed out that the most ubiquitous tool for resident education—the Basic and Clinical Science Course—didn’t cover these topics. “Thus, many residents emerge from training with only a vague notion of the application of ethical principles in ophthalmology, and lack knowledge of the governmental and regulatory structures that influence our practice,” explained Andrew F. Calman, MD, PhD, one of CAO’s four representatives on the Council.

Step 2: The Council suggested a solution. The CAO proposed—and its Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas counterparts cosigned—a recommendation that the BCSC include ethics and advocacy. The recommendation also maintained that effective advocacy is the application of ethical principles at the societal level to protect patients and promote quality of care. After discussing the CAO’s recommendation, the Council urged the Academy board of trustees to fast-track a product that would teach residents about ethics and advocacy.

Step 3: The Academy published The Profession of Ophthalmology. The board of trustees agreed with the Council, particularly in light of the American Board of Ophthalmology proposal (since adopted) to include an ethics component in its maintenance of certification process, and directed Academy staff to consult with the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology about the best type of product for this specialized type of education. In addition to the original recommendation of including advocacy and ethics topics, it was decided that practice management topics would be of benefit to residents.

Just two years after the initial Council recommendation, the Academy published The Profession of Ophthalmology as a companion volume to the BCSC. That the proposal made it into print so quickly owes much to the effort and skill of the physicians involved, including executive editor David W. Parke II, MD, three section editors—David A. Durfee, MD, (practice management), Paul N. Orloff, MD, (advocacy) and Charles M. Zacks, MD, (ethics)—and dozens of authors and reviewers.

To contact your Council representative or learn about issues that the Council has addressed, visit: www.aao.org/council.

A Companion Volume to 2005–2006 BCSC—The Profession (2)
The Profession of Ophthalmology
offers insights that are useful to residents and practicing ophthalmologists alike. The practice management section features chapters on assessing practices, buying into a practice, insurance, computers, hiring and more. The ethics section presents an overview of medical ethics and 13 case studies of ethical dilemmas. The advocacy section explains how to advocate on such issues as scope of practice and tort reform. The volume includes many sample forms and letters. You can buy it individually ($69 for members; $99 for nonmembers) or as part of the BCSC set.

To order The Profession of Ophthalmology (Product # 0288001), visit www.aao.org/bcsc or phone 888-393-3671 (toll-free) or 415-561-8540.

Who’s in the News
In a May 19 article, the Contra Costa Times interviewed Mark S. Huyamun, MD, about development of a prosthetic retina.

The May 6 edition of the News-Sun, a newspaper in Sebring, Fla., reported that T. Hunter Newsom, MD, had performed free LASIK surgery on a member of the National Guard who is shipping out to Iraq. “In my line of work, I can’t wear contacts because things keep dropping into my eyes,” said the patient. “Glasses are not much better. They can fog up or slide down just when you need them. I don’t want to put up with that and get shot at, too.”

In The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and other novels by Tom Clancy, the protagonist is married to a physician who works at Wilmer Eye Institute. After featuring Wilmer’s name in several of his best sellers, Mr. Clancy has now made his own name a feature of Wilmer. The April 7 edition of the Baltimore Business Journal reported that Mr. Clancy has donated $2 million to fund a new professorship at the institute. Terrence P. O’Brien, MD, has been named the first Tom Clancy Professor of Ophthalmology.

Gilbert Smolin, MD, was interviewed by the Noe Valley Voice about his new novel, Reign of the Rat, which describes a virulent, drug-resistant strain of leprosy. Dr. Smolin chose this topic because he wanted to educate as well as entertain, reported the San Francisco newspaper in its May edition. “I wanted to describe the world of rural Asia in general, and the plight of the people with leprosy in particular,” he said. (To buy the novel, visit www.adlibbooks.com/fr_medthriller.html.)

People
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has named Sean P. Donahue, MD, chief of ophthalmology.

Missouri State Medical Association has presented John C. Hagan III, MD, with its Distinguished Service Award.

Manus C. Kraff, MD, was honored as the 4th Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professor to the department of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.