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Leadership Development Program Welcomes a New Class
The 15th class of the Academy’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) met in San Francisco from Jan. 11 to 13. Participants included Eye M.D.s from across the United States. The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) held concurrent sessions of their leadership development programs, with a number of joint sessions with the Academy’s LDP. Participants in the Academy’s LDP learned about association management and leadership topics such as communication, media relations, professionalism, effective negotiations, delegation, efficient committee meetings, and others.
The LDP ophthalmologists heard about the challenges and opportunities facing each organization from Academy President Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, PAAO President Mark Mannis, MD, and SOE President Stefan Seregard, MD. They also visited the Academy’s headquarters to learn about the key priorities for the Academy and opportunities for global collaboration from Academy Executive Vice President and CEO David W. Parke II, MD. Dr. Sternberg encouraged participants “to take full advantage of this LDP weekend to network with program colleagues and to interface with society leadership. The connections and friendships you make here will benefit you for years to come.”
The next session for the LDP XV class will take place in April at the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum (MYF) in Washington, D.C., and it will focus on developing advocacy skills. Participants will take part in Congressional Advocacy Day (CAD), meeting with federal legislators and congressional aides to discuss ophthalmology issues.
Graduation from the program will take place at the Academy’s 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans after a final two-hour session. Participants will be formally recognized for completing the program during the Society Presidents’ Breakfast and Recognition Awards.
For more information about these Academy leadership development programs, contact Gail Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation Leadership Change
As of Jan. 1, B. Thomas Hutchinson, MD, has stepped down after six years as chairman of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Advisory Board. Christie L. Morse, MD, succeeds him. Dr. Hutchinson will continue to serve as a member of the board.
Dr. Hutchinson has a history of making significant contributions to the Foundation and to public service in ophthalmology. Most notable of these was his 1985 launch of a public service program pilot in three states, in which volunteers provided eye exams to older Americans. This program has grown in the last 28 years and is now known as EyeCare America. ECA has become the largest public service program in American medicine, with nearly 7,000 volunteer ophthalmologists, and has helped 1.8 million people across the United States.
Attend the Academy’s Coding Seminar
Presented in collaboration with ophthalmic state societies around the country, CODEquest helps attendees code accurately, prepare for all types of audits, and transition to ICD-10. Future CODEquest locations and dates include Hawaii (Aug. 17), Louisiana (May 3), Maryland (May 17), Nebraska (April 5), and Virginia (April 27).
Register at www.aao.org/codequest.
Join Your Colleagues at the Mid-Year Forum
The Academy’s 2013 Mid-Year Forum (MYF) is scheduled for April 10 to 13 at the Renaissance Downtown in Washington, D.C. Congressional Advocacy Day (CAD), which is held in conjunction with the MYF, takes place April 10 and 11. (For more about CAD, see “D.C. Report.")
MYF attendees participate in sessions covering various topics affecting ophthalmology. The MYF will open with a session on how ophthalmologists can best navigate and prepare for a health care environment with increased clinical integration and accountable care organizations (ACOs). Additional sessions will cover the need for and use of practice extenders, the impact of integrating an EHR system, and issues surrounding the compounding pharmacies. In the closing session, patient satisfaction beyond clinical outcomes will be addressed, and practice reporting and other metrics will be identified.
The keynote address will be given by Alex Castellanos, CNN contributor, during the MYF Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 11. His talk is titled “Politics: A Look Into the Future.”
MYF registration costs $250 both online and on site. Online registration closes March 18. The fee includes all materials and most meals. CME credit will be available.
To learn more, visit www.aao.org/myf.
EyeSmart’s Fifth Anniversary
As it passes its five-year anniversary, the Academy’s public-facing website, www.geteyesmart.org, celebrates its achievements. The site hit 1 million visitors in 2012 and has received multiple public relations awards, including the 2012 PR Daily Award for Best Public Service Announcement.
For more information, visit www.geteyesmart.org.
Register for the MOC Exam Review Course
Prepare for maintenance of certification (MOC) exams by attending the Academy’s 2013 MOC Exam Review Course. It is led by expert faculty involved in the creation of the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum, which is used to develop the Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge exam. The course offers in-depth reviews of Core Ophthalmic Knowledge and your choice of one or two practice emphasis areas. The class will be held July 19 to 21 at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. Registration closes June 20.
To register, visit www.aao.org/moc.
Educate Your Patients About AMD
March is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Keep your patients informed and compliant with the Academy’s patient education videos and brochures.
For more information, visit www.aao.org/store.
Participate to Impact Policy Change
Academy members can influence key legislative issues affecting ophthalmology by attending Congressional Advocacy Day (CAD) on April 10 and 11. More than 300 ophthalmologists are expected to meet with lawmakers and their aides on Capitol Hill to lobby for federal laws and regulations promoting quality eye care and practice viability. They will also discuss the perils caused by recurring temporary fixes to the flawed formula that is used to calculate Medicare physician pay, as well as the need for a permanent solution to protect beneficiaries’ access to care.
Build on past successes. Efforts at previous CADs have positively impacted the profession. For example, last year the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appointed a full-time national program director for ophthalmology. The VA action was the result of the Academy and 2012 CAD participants’ multipronged advocacy campaign for legislation to create the position.
Join an alliance of advocates. Nineteen ophthalmic subspecialty and specialized interest societies have joined the Academy as partners to promote participation to their members. The Academy, ophthalmology training programs, and state, subspecialty, and specialized-interest societies are also supporting resident and fellow participation through the Advocacy Ambassador Program.
Develop lobbying skills. CAD begins on the evening of April 10. Attendees will be briefed on key legislative priorities, protocol during congressional meetings, and effective lobbying skills. On April 11, participants will put these skills to work during meetings scheduled by the Academy. No prior lobbying experience is necessary to participate.
Also attend the MYF. CAD is held every year in conjunction with the Academy’s Mid-Year Forum (MYF). The forum provides an opportunity for leaders from the Academy and allied ophthalmic organizations to discuss critical issues facing the profession (see “Join Your Colleagues at the Mid-Year Forum”).
How to sign up. Preregistration for the 2013 Mid-Year Forum, including Congressional Advocacy Day, is available until March 18. There is no fee for Congressional Advocacy Day.
Mark your calendar to attend. Your participation can significantly impact the profession.
For more information, visit www.aao.org/myf.
Sneak Peak at 2013 Symposia
Planning is already under way for the 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The 2013 symposia (free for all attendees) will include the following:
Submit Abstracts for Papers, Posters, and Videos
If you are interested in being a presenter at the 2013 Annual Meeting, you must submit abstracts online. For papers, posters, and videos, the online submitter opens on March 13 and closes on April 9.
Save These Dates for New Orleans
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Academy’s 2013 Annual Meeting. Circle the following dates:
Get ready for New Orleans by making sure your passport is up to date and checking to see if you need a visa to enter the United States.
For more information on visitor visas, to download the letter of information, and to read travel guides about New Orleans, visit www.aao.org/2013.
Visit the Academy Around the World
View the latest Academy products, get information about the Annual Meeting, or resolve your membership questions at the Academy’s booth during the following ophthalmic meetings: