Join the Academy in Chicago for our fourth Joint Meeting with the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology. The meeting will take place at McCormick Place from Nov. 10 to 13. It will be preceded by Subspecialty Day, Nov. 9 and 10. Learn more.
As a senior ophthalmologist (SO) navigating through the Annual Meeting's offerings — courses, events, exhibit hall and more — can be a little overwhelming. The Academy is here to help!
Suggested courses for senior ophthalmologists will help you build a valuable experience in Chicago. For complete descriptions of these sessions, access the Program Search and search by the course code or by special interest "Endorsed by Senior Ophthalmologist Committee."
SO Club Lounge
McCormick Place, Grand Concourse
Hours: Saturday, Nov. 10, to Monday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Club Lounge offers light refreshments and internet access. It is free to all members over 60. Members must show their "SO" ribbon to access the lounge.
Instructed by Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD - the Academy's tech guru!
Saturday, Nov. 10 | Tickets are $150
Attendees must bring their own laptop to both Tech Courses
Selling and Purchasing on eBay, Craigslist and Other Mediums: How to Clean Your Office or Attic with Profit (SPE03)
(9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
This course will offer an overview of how to shop, sell and make money on the Internet, as well as tips for protecting yourself from fraud and phishing schemes.
Use Blogging and Social Networking to Super Charge Your Website and Internet Marketing (SPE08)
Guest presenter: Randall Wong, MD (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
This course provides hands-on, step-by-step instruction in how to construct your Internet blog and how to publish articles to use the power of search engines to attract people to your practice, website or business.
Breakfast with the (SO) Experts
Sunday, Nov. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – B138: Transitions in practice: slowing down and its implications; moderated by Allan D. Jensen, MD
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – B475: Stopping surgery – When, why and what it means to your practice; moderated by Michael W. Brennan, MD
Tickets on sale now!
Sunday, Nov. 11, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Field Museum
Sue wants to have you for dinner! On Nov. 11, join the Academy Foundation, event chairs Bill and Alice Lea Tasman, and the world-famous Tyrannosaurus rex, Sue, for an extraordinary night at Chicago's Field Museum. This year, the evening is yours to create – view exhibits without the crowds, enjoy dinner at your leisure, and relax with friends during our expanded reception and silent auction hours. Orbital Gala proceeds will support the Academy's educational, quality-of-care research and service programs.
"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 Annual Meeting experience and more importantly a way to increase our support for the Foundation's mission." — Harry A. Zink, MD Chair, Senior Ophthalmologist Committee
Then and Now (SYM32)
Jointly sponsored with the Senior Ophthalmologist Committee and Young Ophthalmologist Committee
Monday, Nov 12, 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
McCormick Place, Room: S406A
The history of ophthalmology is comprised of many chapters of an exciting story. It is important that senior ophthalmologists reveal the chapters that have evolved in their lifetime so that young ophthalmologists can better recognize the basis for the changes that have resulted in the chapter of our history that they will write. In turn, the young ophthalmologists will reveal the basis for new preferred practice patterns and how they are implemented. We can share the differences in the ways in which the average ophthalmologist learned and practiced, then and now. The bureaucratization of medicine with increasingly complex rules, codes and algorithms promoted by legislation and administrative directives is leaving its mark on how we have to change performance patterns as individual practitioners.
Shifting Gears: Practical and Ethical Transitions to Retirement Symposium (SYM27)
Jointly sponsored with the Committee on Aging, Senior Ophthalmologist Committee, Ethics Committee, and the American Geriatrics Society
New Date and Time - Tuesday, Nov 13, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
New Location - McCormick Place, Room: S100C
Many ophthalmologists decide to "slow down" as they transition their practice towards retirement. What are the options and choices for the experienced senior ophthalmologist in approaching this transition? This symposium will address the following questions: Is there a strategic plan for slowing down that can benefit both the practice and the practitioner? What are the ethical, economic, emotional and physical issues involved? What are the practical and ethical implications when a partner wants to give up surgery? What are the ethical responsibilities of the practice in evaluating the mental and physical competency of a partner's ability to continue to practice? How have other practices solved these issues? The practical and ethical decisions involved with this process will be discussed. This symposium will include a panel of experts to address these issues.
Special Program and Reception
FREE! Monday, Nov. 12, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. / Reception until 5 p.m.
McCormick Place, Room: S101AB
Don't miss these two dynamic local Chicago presenters:
- Chicago's Architectural Legacy, presented by Lynn J. Osmond, President and CEO of the Chicago Architectural Foundation
- Snapshots from Deep Time: Paleontological work in the 52-million-year-old, fossil-rich limestone of southwestern Wyoming, presented by Lance Grande, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research and Collections at The Field Museum
Plus, presentation of 2012 EnergEYES Award. The EnergEYES Award was created in2009 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.