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

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

The YO Lounge is free to all members in training and members in their first five years of practice and includes computer access, WIFI, light refreshments and comfortable seating. (Show your YO ribbon to access the lounge.)

Networking Events

  • Meet with an International Expert: Saturday, Oct. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • OPHTHPAC® and Surgical Scope Fund networking event: Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • YO ARVO! Exploring careers in research: Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • AAOE Roundtable discussions: Monday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • EyeCare America Celebrates 30 Years!: Monday, Oct. 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Featured Events

2014 YO Program – It’s YO World, Jumpstart YOur Career | SPE08
Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McCormick Place, room S101AB
Young ophthalmologists face a unique set of challenges in their transition from training to practice. Leading consultants and experts, plus members of the YO Committee, will present an interactive, panel-based program addressing topics vital to members-in-training and YOs in their first few years of practice. This year our high-energy and engaging program will cover key issues such as practice type selection, job searching, contract negotiation, practice building, dealing with medical errors, management of medical-legal issues and personal finance.

Curious about what to expect? View the 2013 YO Program.

New! Build Your Brand with Social Media
Oct. 18, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Learning Lounge, Theatre 2

2014 Global YO Reception in Chicago
Oct. 19, 9 p.m. to Midnight
Location: TBD
Exclusive event for Academy YO members

Welcome to the Real World: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows | SPE17
Monday, Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
McCormick Place, Room: S101AB
FREE! Residents and fellows will learn about the non-medical aspects of practicing ophthalmology and get their burning questions answered in this interactive forum. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences and highlight various practice options; networking and referrals; advantages/disadvantages of fellowship training; and resources to assist them. Learn how membership and active involvement within state ophthalmology societies and the Academy can benefit you.

International Opportunities for Young Ophthalmologists | SYM45
Sponsored by the YO International Subcommittee
Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
McCormick Place, Grand Ballroom S100C

Today's residents and young ophthalmologists must become tomorrow's leaders in the global fight against eye disease. This course will address the challenges of treating eye disease in underserved parts of the world and will identify the organizations working toward this goal and the opportunities available for resident and YO involvement. The course will also examine the unique challenges of incorporating volunteer service into one’s career by sharing the experiences of those who have found ways to balance work abroad with family, clinical practice, and financial concerns at home. There will be ample time for responses to the audience's questions to the panel.