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May 2009

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).

Editor’s Note
This month we continue our series on big decisions faced by many YOs with a look at some ophthalmologists who do both academics and private practice. Let us know what you think of the series or would like to see us cover in the future by e-mailing

Practice Management
Testing Before Cataract Surgery: When to Use OCT
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) receives many coding questions concerning cataract surgery. One in particular caught our eye. It involved the use of an optical coherence tomography (OCT) on diabetic and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients prior to cataract surgery, to investigate and discriminate the cause of vision loss.

Big Decisions, Part 3: Combining Academics and Private Practice
Last month, we explored the pros and cons of careers in both private practice and academics. This month, let’s consider a career that blends these two options: the hybrid model.

Optic Nerve Imaging Technology: The Necessary Evil?
The growing use of optic nerve imaging devices has led to both excitement and frustration in being able to accurately diagnose and manage pre-perimetric glaucoma. In this article, I hope to give streamlined tips on obtaining and interpreting these often-confusing printouts, sharing some of the pearls and pitfalls I have learned along the way.

One to One: Academy EVP and CEO David W. Parke II, MD
David W. Parke II, MD, has been in Academy leadership for a while, but he recently took on his biggest role to date: executive vice president and CEO, succeeding H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD. Dr. Parke talked with YO Info about his decision to leave Oklahoma's Dean McGee Eye Institute for the West Coast and what he sees on ophthalmology's horizon. With just over one month in his new role, he told us he's thankful no one has changed the locks!

Events and Resources

Preview the Joint Meeting Advance Program June 1
Meeting registration doesn’t open for members until June 24, but in the meantime you’ll be able to start planning your schedule with the Advance Program, available online June 1. Find more important meeting dates and information.

Participate in the Eye Injury Snapshot This Week
If you’ve already seen or see patients with eye injuries this week, you can help the Academy by participating in the sixth-annual Eye Injury Snapshot. All you have to do is complete the short data form for each patient and submit data (online or by fax) by June 2. Data submitted is used to educate the media and the public about the causes of eye injuries.

Attending SOE 2009 in Amsterdam?
Make sure you join YO International Subcommittee members, Anthony Khawaja, MD, and Brad Feldman, MD, at their Monday, June 15, session. They are moderating the Academy/SOE joint symposium "Young Ophthalmologists in International Ophthalmology."

This Quarter’s Scope Now Available Online
Check out the latest edition of Scope, the Academy newsletter for active members age 60 and older.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Posterior Vitreous Detachment, Retinal Breaks, and Lattice Degeneration
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.