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October 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
Costly Coding Errors
The six examples presented are real. Each case presents the:

  • Scenario
  • Error
  • Outcome
  • Financial Impact
  • Cure

Joint Meeting
The YO Program: Everything They Didn’t Teach You in Medical School
Whether you are in transition from training to practice or are in your first few years of practice, you have no doubt encountered numerous obstacles that could have been avoided. That’s where the Young Ophthalmologist Program can help. The YO Program will help you identify those nasty pitfalls in every area from practice management and coding to advocacy and international opportunities.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Career
Are you entering practice or looking for a new position? Then the Professional Choices Job Fair — Sunday, Nov. 9, from 2:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. — is for you! Begun in 2003, the job fair returns this year as a convenient forum connecting hundreds of physicians seeking employment opportunities with representatives from more than 100 hiring practices. Best of all, it’s FREE for job seekers. Here’s how to get the most from your experience.

Atlanta After Dark
What are Atlanta’s hippest hotspots for a cocktail or tasty bite to eat?  Here are some suggestions from a fellow young ophthalmologist and YO Committee member, Kris F. Gillian, MD, who lives, practices and plays in Atlanta.

Tricky Decisions: 7 Common Ethical Quandaries
For young ophthalmologists and members-in-training, a formal discussion of professional ethical responsibilities is not likely to be a high priority. Rather, decisions about buying into a partnership, whether to obtain fellowship subspecialty training and whether or how to co-manage may be primary concerns. However, a successful career requires enhancing your understanding of professionalism and medical ethics. The following snapshots of core ethical issues are critical for ophthalmologists entering practice.

Events & Resources

Join Us in Atlanta for the YO Program and YO Lounge!
From free Wi-Fi in the new YO Lounge to the expertise of practice management consultants like Wesley Millican, you won't want to miss all the events and resources designed especially for young ophthalmologists.

Socialize After Dark
Don't miss these special evening events at the meeting! On Sunday, Nov. 9, the YO Committee hosts the annual YO Reception and on Saturday, Nov. 8, YOs can attend the OPHTHPAC Reception with a minimum contribution of $25! (Residents can attend for a minimum contribution of $50.)

Preferred Practice Patterns: Esotropia and Exotropia
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.