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August 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).

Practice Management
Job-Seeker’s Guide to the Joint Meeting
By the end of the 2010 academic year, today’s residents and fellows will be looking to join a practice in what is and will, at least in the short term, continue to be an employer’s market. The good news is, if you’re coming to the Academy’s Joint Meeting in San Francisco this fall, you can take advantage of more than just the clinical education offerings. The meeting has much to offer job seekers as well.

Joint Meeting
Joint Meeting 101: How to Make the Most of Your Schedule
Whether this is your first meeting or your fifth, wading through the program can be overwhelming. So this year, for the first time, we asked the YO Committee and its International Subcommittee to recommend courses and events for three different kinds of YOs: those of you in residency, the first five years of practice or practice outside the United States. With their suggestions, we’re confident you’ll have a great meeting experience.

An Insider’s Guide to San Francisco Coffee Shops
If you’re used to getting coffee from places that add the milk and sugar for you — if they have non-powdered add-ins at all — prepare to be surprised in San Francisco. Coffee is something of a local obsession, with not one, not two, but three chains competing with Starbucks (if you count Peet’s, Tully’s and Coffee Bean) to be the local stop for java on the go. And those are just the options for convenience, predictably produced. If you are anything close to a coffee connoisseur, San Francisco has a bevy of cafes and roasteries, several of which are within walking or urban hiking distance from the Moscone Center — a.k.a., Joint Meeting Central. To get you ready for the morning fuel-up or afternoon espresso, we’ve picked our favorites.

Feature
10 Clinical Pearls for Introducing Premium IOLs into Your Practice
Premium IOLs are the buzz in journals, guest lectures and at many of the ophthalmic meetings. As residents and fellows, the patient population we treated often did not have the resources for a premium IOL, causing most of us to ignore the topic until sometime after training. Here are some clinical pearls I have learned while implementing premium IOLs during my first two years of practice.

Events and Resources

Register for the Joint Meeting by Aug. 26 to Get Badge, Materials Beforehand
If you don’t want to stand in line to get your Joint Meeting materials, you have two days left to register in time to get everything by mail. After Wednesday, Aug. 26, registrants will have to pick up all materials onsite. Still debating whether to come or what to take? View the virtual brochure to see suggested daily schedules, meet the YO Committee and learn about free resources and events just for YOs.

On Twitter? Use Hashtag #aaosf09 for Meeting-Related Updates
If you’re an active Twitter user, share your observations on sessions, great restaurants and more by tagging Joint Meeting-related posts #aaosf09. The hashtag is also a great way to see what other colleagues are saying about the meeting or to find meeting-related updates from the Academy (@aao_ophth).

YO Wins Research Award
Juanita S. Bryant, MD, a resident at University of California, San Francisco, is one of the recipients of the 2009 Rabb-Venable award, an annual research award for medical students and residents. As an awardee, Dr. Bryant received a travel grant to attend the National Medical Association meeting in Las Vegas, where she presented her paper, “Concordance Between the Tuberculin Skin Test and Interferon-Gamma Release Assay in Uveitis Patients in India.” The application deadline for the 2010 Rabb-Venable Research Competition is March 1, 2010.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Cataract in the Adult Eye
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.