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Why You Should Eat Breakfast with the Experts

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Whether this is your first time to the Annual Meeting or your fifth, deciding which events to attend can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you can still benefit from great, YO-focused information without missing any of the regularly scheduled events by taking part in the Breakfasts with the Experts.

The YO Breakfasts with the Experts are different from the general roundtables in that they are geared specifically for the young ophthalmologist. These specialized roundtables feature YO Committee-member facilitated discussions on the hottest topics facing young ophthalmologists today.

Not only will you learn great information on a wide variety of topics, but you can also benefit from the successes and pitfalls of those who have recently gone through what you are currently experiencing.

Incredible Panel of Experts
The YO Breakfast with the Experts features an impressive list of experts from vastly different backgrounds and specialties. They include:

  • Andrew P. Doan, MD, PhD — Dr. Doan is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and eye pathologist. He is a volunteer administrator on, a site that enables physicians in all disciplines to interact in an online social network; he is currently the primary moderator for the ophthalmology forum of the site. He also co-founded a publishing company and has more than 10 years experience in Internet marketing strategies.
  • Kris F. Gillian, MD — Dr. Gillian specializes in no-stitch cataract surgery, LASIK, PRK, glaucoma, dry eye and diabetic eye disease.
  • Leslie S. Jones, MD — Dr. Jones specializes in glaucoma and is program director at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Sanjay R. Kedhar, MD — Dr. Kedhar is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York and clinical instructor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
  • Robert Melendez, MD — Dr. Melendez is a partner at Eye Associates of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He is also an assistant clinical professor in the department of surgery/division of ophthalmology at the University of New Mexico, as well as the section chief of ophthalmology for Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.
  • Aaron M. Miller, MD — Dr. Miller practices in Houston, where he specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.
  • Parag D. Parekh, MD — Dr. Parekh is a cataract, refractive and glaucoma specialist with Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. He is a clinical assistant professor at Harvard/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Tufts/New England Eye Center.
  • Ann M. Renucci, MD — Dr. Renucci is in private practice in Grand Rapids, Mich., where she specializes in cornea, cataract/IOL and external diseases.

Wide Array of Discussion Topics
The breakfasts take place over three days, from Sunday through Tuesday. Topics include:

  • Strategies for training residents and fellows
  • Examining children’s eyes
  • Eye pathology and the law
  • Red flags for changing practices
  • Surviving academia
  • Marketing your practice online
  • Balancing work and your personal life
  • Landing your ideal fellowship
  • Transitioning from employee to partner
  • Basic Web design

Space Fills Up Fast, So Register Today!
There are only nine seats available at each table. To ensure you get a seat at the table, make sure you register in advance. Last year’s Breakfast with the Experts was very well attended and received, so this year’s seats are sure to fill up fast.

Plus, by registering early, you’ll save $10! And members in training save another 50 percent! As the name implies, all Breakfasts with the Experts include breakfast. That means great advice and Danish — what could be better than that?

All breakfast roundtables are held Sunday, Nov. 9, through Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Level 1, Hall A-1. You can register online by first registering for meeting, then adding the breakfast you want to your cart. Onsite registration is also available, but the roundtable you want may be sold out, and you’ll pay a bit more onsite.

Be sure to register early to come have breakfast with us and get answers to a wide variety of issues facing ophthalmology in the 21st century.

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About the author: Gabrielle Naughten is an executive assistant for the Academy for Member Services and Marketing and supports the various activities of the YO Committee.