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September 2008

YO Info™ is the American Academy of Ophthalmology's newsletter for young ophthalmologists (YOs) — those in training as well as in their first few years in practice.

This newsletter provides YOs with information about practice management, coding and insurance questions, balancing work and family, and many other issues relevant to YOs. You'll also learn more about resources and services that are already available to you from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE).

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Practice Management
AAOE Program Offers Comprehensive Course Selection for YOs
At the Joint Meeting in Atlanta, the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) will be presenting a number of CME-bearing courses to help young ophthalmologists (YOs) navigate the complexities of practice management. Whether you are still in training or have already entered practice, the comprehensive program will give you the information you need to be successful in your career.

Staying Ahead in the Digital Age of Medicine
PDAs. Online forums. Google and the Academy’s new Ophthalmic New & Education (O.N.E.™) Network. As a young ophthalmologist, you’re probably already using many of these technologies and services for problem solving, communication and research. But with Medicare’s introduction next year of bonuses for physicians who e-prescribe, electronic workflows won’t be an optional part of practicing medicine much longer. Successful participation in this changing system requires both fully interoperable systems and devices in your practice and an understanding of Medicare’s new bonuses.

Joint Meeting
Hang Out at the First-Ever YO Lounge
The 2008 Joint Meeting marks the introduction of the YO Lounge! Join your fellow young ophthalmologists at the new YO Lounge. It is an ideal place to mingle with other YOs, gather practical advice from practice management experts on issues relating to their practice, meet the Academy’s YO Committee and learn tips on how to navigate the Joint Meeting. But that’s just the beginning!

Did They Stay or Did They Go? Why YOs Keep or Leave Their First Jobs
First jobs can be a bit like young love. We might optimistically hope that this is the start of a beautiful future, but things don’t always go as planned. Whereas theories may abound for failed love, however, less is known about why some first jobs result in long-term employment while others do not. To learn more about this, the Academy recently surveyed young ophthalmologists about their experiences.

One to One: Wesley Millican
Wesley D. Millican, MBA, is the founder and CEO of CareerPhysician Advisors L.P., one of the nation’s leading providers of comprehensive career and business education resources to residents, fellows and training program directors. He is also founder and President of MillicanSolutions Inc., an executive search and consulting firm focused on strategic leadership initiatives for children’s hospitals nationally. Millican serves on the boards of the Center for New Ventures and Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M University, as well as the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Events & Resources

Meeting Registration Closes Oct. 15
Time is running out to register online for the Joint Meeting and book your housing. This year’s meeting features numerous courses and events for ophthalmologists in their first few years of practice, including the ever-popular YO Program and this year’s first-ever YO Lounge.

Join the YO Committee for Breakfast
Start your days in Atlanta out right by joining the YO Committee for their special Breakfast with the Experts sessions, featuring advice on topics such as marketing your practice on the Internet, balancing personal and professional responsibilities, transitioning from employee to partner and more. Seating is limited, so register early for best selection.

Educate your Patients and Promote your Profession
Have you signed up yet for EyeSmart, the Academy’s public awareness campaign? Go to today to sign up for free patient education materials on eye diseases, injuries and infections. And don’t forget to tell your patients about, the educational Web site that also advises people on choosing the right eye care provider.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Refractive Errors and Refractive Surgery
As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a series of guidelines called Preferred Practice Patterns™ (PPP) that identify characteristics and components of quality eye care. The YO Info newsletter provides a link to a PPP to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with this important resource.