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American Academy of Ophthalmology
Senior Ophthalmologist AAO2014 Activities

Join the Academy in Chicago! AAO 2014 will take place at McCormick Place from Oct. 18 to 21. It will be preceded by Subspecialty Day, Oct. 17 and 18. Learn more.

As a senior ophthalmologist (SO), navigating through AAO 2014 meeting offerings — courses, events, exhibit hall and more — can be a little overwhelming. The Academy is here to help!

SO Lounge

Location: McCormick Place, Grand Concourse
Hours: Saturday, Oct. 18, to Monday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 21: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The SO Lounge is free to all members 60 and over and includes computer access, Wi-Fi, light refreshments and comfortable seating. (Show your SO ribbon to access the lounge.)

Featured Sessions

Senior Ophthalmologist Special Program and Reception (SPE21)
Oct. 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.; reception until 5 p.m.
Location: McCormick Place, Room: S101AB
The 2014 SO Program will feature two engaging presentations - Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD, and Julie Doan, RN will present "The Neuroendocrine Model of Internet Addiction Disorders and Problematic Video Game Addiction" and James McDonnell, MD, will present "What Can Improvisational Comedy Teach Us about Medicine?".

The afternoon will also include presentation of the 2014 EnergEYES Award. The EnergEYES Award was created in 2009 to recognize and honor an ophthalmologist who demonstrates exemplary leadership skills by energizing others to improve ophthalmology. This individual is one who mentors young ophthalmologists, serves as a strong role model, and displays high energy that motivates them to get involved.

New! Brain Health and Longevity for SOs in the Digital Age (SPE04)
Oct. 18 from 9-11 a.m., Location: McCormick Place, Room: N427bc
Presenter: Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD
This course will cover how the brain stores and retrieves memories. The course will discuss how technology, digital media and video games affect the brain. When used in moderation, technology improves visual acuity, mental processing time and memory. On the other hand, if used excessively, may lead to behavioral dysfunction and health problems. The course will focus on improving brain health in the digital age.

Use Blogging and Social Networking to Super Charge Your Website and Internet Marketing (SPE07)
Oct. 18 from 1-4 p.m., Location: McCormick Place, Room: N227a
Presenters: Andy Doan, MD, PhD, and Randall Wong, MD
This course will offer an overview of how to blog, publish and share your ideas on the Internet. This instruction provides a hands-on, step-by-step construction of your Internet blog and how to publish articles to use the power of search engines to attract people to your practice, website, or business.

2014 Breakfasts with the SO Experts
Location: McCormick Place, Hall A

  • Oct. 19 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. – (B130) Transitions in practice: slowing down and its implications, moderated by Paul N. Orloff, MD
  • Oct. 20 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. – (B168) Stopping surgery – When, why and what it means to your practice, moderated by Harry A. Zink, MD
  • Oct. 21 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. - (B197) Mid-Career Planning: It's not too early to start planning for the next 20 or 50 years, moderated by Frank J. Weinstock, MD

SO Symposia in Chicago

Structuring a Part Time practice in the Evolving Medical Environment - How to Make It Work (SYM18)
Jointly sponsored by Women in Ophthalmology and the SO Committee
Oct. 19 from 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Location: S406A

Adjusting to the Changing Demographic: Valuing the Patient in Determining Options for Treatment (SYM29)
Jointly sponsored by the Committee on Aging and the SO Committee
Oct. 20 from 10:45-11:45 a.m.
Location: McCormick Place, Room: E350

2014 Orbital Gala
Tickets on sale now!
The 2014 Orbital Gala will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. The event will feature a fun, Roaring '20s theme. Guests will kick off the evening with a cocktail reception and the always-exciting silent auction. This will be followed by a delicious dinner and dancing.

"My wife, Kathy, and I enjoy attending the Orbital Gala each year. It is a chance to connect with friends, enjoy a wonderful meal and support the Academy Foundation. It has become an important part of our meeting experience and more importantly a way to increase our support for the Foundation's mission." — Harry A. Zink, MD, chair, SO Committee