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September 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
Are You up to Code? How to Burnish Your Skills at the Joint Meeting
One of the most difficult things for a young ophthalmologist starting out in practice is the confusing world of coding. You have years of training in the science of ophthalmology, but little to none on the business side of medicine. The reality is medicine is a business, and with the recession and downturned economy, knowing that business is more important than ever. Proper coding is the key to not only receiving the full reimbursements you are entitled to, but also avoiding costly penalties. Whether you need a crash course or just a quick review of coding, the Academy’s Joint Meeting has something for you.

Joint Meeting
Get with the YO Program
If you’ve been to one of the Academy’s previous Annual Meetings, you know that one of the main events for young ophthalmologists is the YO Program. This year is no different, although the program for the Joint Meeting in San Francisco has some exciting new changes, keyed both off the current economy and feedback from last year’s program.

Taking the Joint Meeting’s Pulse: Where to Find the Best Conversations
Since its inception in 1896, the Academy’s Annual Meeting has always been about face-to-face interactions with colleagues in medicine. This year’s Joint Meeting in San Francisco offers several opportunities for such informal opportunities. Whether you attend one of the variety of Breakfasts with the Experts, grab a cuppa joe at the Academy Café or meander through the scientific posters, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact and network with colleagues from across the country and even the world!

An Insider’s Guide to San Francisco Restaurants and Nightspots
Attending an Annual Meeting is never just about the daytime program. You have to eat, for one thing, and evenings can be filled with an array of receptions and other events. If you have an evening free or need a good bite or buzz near the convention center, here’s where to go for food, drink and entertainment in San Francisco -- complete with a video peek at our favorites.

Events and Resources

Joint Meeting Preregistration Ends Sept. 30
If you haven’t yet registered for the Joint Meeting, you have only days left to preregister, though you’ll have to pick up meeting materials onsite. After Wednesday, Sept. 30, you’ll have to register and pick-up materials onsite. But don’t fret, we’ll have a procrastinator’s guide to the Joint Meeting in the October issue of YO Info, with tips on how to make the most of a last-minute decision to come to the meeting.

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).

See San Francisco's Famed Palace Hotel with Half-Price Admission to the Orbital Gala
Join your friends and colleagues for a night of fine dining and dancing at the sixth annual Orbital Gala, Oct. 25 at the Palace Hotel (tours at 5 p.m., cocktail reception/silent auction from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.). This black-tie optional event raises support for the Academy Foundation’s educational and public service mission -- and YOs save 50 percent on tickets! NOTE: The YO reception precedes the Orbital Gala and overlaps slightly. You must purchase your gala ticket in advance and be present to bid at the silent auction, which includes like a week’s stay in Steamboat Springs, Colo.; a Silverado Resort Spa and Golf package in Napa, Calif.; and a Lumenis Selecta® II Laser. For more information, contact Joanne Neuman at 415.447.0356 or jneuman@aao.org.

EyeSmart Campaign Equips You to Observe Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
As children head back to school this month, you may be seeing new patients for vision problems detected in the classroom. Get free tips and information to share with those patients’ parents from the EyeSmart™ public awareness campaign. If you aren’t already subscribed to our free, monthly eye-health article service, sign up to get free content each month that you can use in patient communications, your practice Web site or blog. And if you’re on Twitter, follow EyeSmart (@geteyesmart) for regular links to new stories and other eye-health related topics.

Featured Academy Resource: Joint Policy Statement on Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia and Vision
As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a variety of guidelines and policy statements related to quality eye care. YO Info will regularly include a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with these important resources.