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American Academy of Ophthalmology
2013 Senior Ophthalmologist (SO) Annual Meeting Activities

Join the Academy in New Orleans! The 2013 meeting will take place at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from Nov. 16 to 19. It will be preceded by Subspecialty Day, Nov. 15 and 16. Learn more.

It's SO easy in the Big Easy!
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!

Course Recommendations
Suggested courses for senior ophthalmologists will help you build a valuable experience in New Orleans. 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 Lounge
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room: 242
Hours: Saturday, Nov. 16, to Monday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 19: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The SO Lounge offers light refreshments, internet access and is free to all members 60 and over. Show (or bring) your "SO" ribbon to access the lounge.

Senior Ophthalmologist Special Program and Reception
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room: 252-254
Monday, Nov. 18, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. / Reception until 5 p.m.

Don’t miss these two vibrant speakers and authors:

  • The Accidental City: Improvising New Orleans is the latest book by Professor Lawrence N. Powell, emeritus faculty for the department of history at Tulane University. He specializes in Civil War and Reconstruction; Southern history; Louisiana history and politics; and the Holocaust.
  • Gifts of Sight was written by SO Committee member M. Bruce Shields, MD, past Marvin L. Sears professor and chairman for the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Yale University School of Medicine and past president of the American Glaucoma Society.

Both authors will have their books available for purchase onsite and will sign copies.

Plus, we'll present the 2013 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.

Technology Courses
Instructed by Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD - the Academy's tech guru!
Saturday, Nov. 16 | Free! (Note: Attendees must bring their own laptop to both tech courses. Although this event is complimentary, space is limited and registration is still required).

Selling and Purchasing on eBay, Craigslist and Other Mediums: How to Clean Your Office or Attic with Profit (SPE05)
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 publish articles to use the power of search engines to attract people to your practice, website or business.

2013 Breakfast with the (SO) Experts
  • Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Hall C
    SOLD OUT - B128: Stopping surgery – When, why and what it means to your practice
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Hall C
    SOLD OUT - B166: Transitions in practice: slowing down and its implications

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Hall C
    B196: Three Areas for Succession Planning for Seniors

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Hall C
    B198: Mid-Career Planning, It's Not Too Early to Start Planning for the Next 50 years

Orbital Gala
Tickets on sale now!
Sunday, Nov. 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
National World War II Museum

The 2013 Orbital Gala will be held on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the National World War II Museum. Guests will kick off the evening with a cocktail reception and our always-exciting silent auction. This will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner and dancing in the museum’s brand-new showcase, the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, which pays tribute to the 16 million Americans who served in the war.

"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

Stop by these SO Symposia in New Orleans!

Joint COA/SO Symposium - Seeing patients is what I want to do: adjusting to the challenge of extending my career in ophthalmology
Sunday, Nov. 17, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Is it time to leave practice? This symposium will address some of the questions and strategies that are involved in this decision. The personal, financial, and practice implications of leaving practice will be addressed which will help to clarify the issues involved with the decision.

SO Symposium: Fitness for duty: what’s age got to do with it?
Monday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Although physician expertise can be maintained into later life, optimal performance may require modifications of practice habits. This symposium will include a discussion of the effects of aging changes, including mild cognitive impairment, upon physician capabilities and also the experiences of the Academy Ethics Committee and the American Board of Ophthalmology in dealing with these issues.

Joint YO/SO Symposium: So you want to be a leader in ophthalmology?
Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The need for leadership roles for the persistent vitality of the field of ophthalmology will be emphasized. The speakers will be young ophthalmologists who occupy current leadership roles as well as experienced ophthalmologists who have been in these positions for many years.