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All work and no play make an ophthalmologist a dull doctor! Luckily, the Joint Meeting provides many opportunities to mix a bit of business with pleasure and connect with other young ophthalmologists.
Just for YOs
The first place to connect with other YOs (ideal because you can stop by anytime during most hours the meeting is in session) is the YO Lounge.
Back by popular demand (and sponsored by Allergan), the lounge is the perfect place to meet fellow young ophthalmologists, gather practical advice about Academy programs, get tips on how to best navigate the Joint Meeting, access the Internet or just kick back and relax.
And don’t miss our happy hour on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., sponsored by OPHTHPAC and the Surgical Scope Fund. Stop by for complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres, and learn how your involvement in state and federal advocacy efforts can protect quality patient eye care and impact your practice, as well as the future of ophthalmology
- What: YO Lounge
- Where: Moscone South, Mezzanine Room 262
- When: Saturday through Monday, Oct. 24 to 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Happy hour, Oct. 24 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Next, forgo the expensive and time-intensive trip to wine country and, instead, clear your calendar on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for the YO reception, held at the beautiful St. Regis hotel. Not only is the reception FREE, but it will also offer wine education and tastings of two California wines and one French champagne. Mix and mingle while listening to wine educators as they pair each wine with delectable food.
- What: YO Reception
- Where: St. Regis Hotel
- When: Sunday, Oct. 25, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Finally, join us for the YOs in International Ophthalmology Networking Reception on Monday, Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are interested in international ophthalmology, this FREE reception is a must. Network and socialize amid the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens at the B Restaurant and Bar as you meet with remarkable individuals and organizations working to combat global blindness and to make connections that will open a world of opportunity.
- What: YOs in International Ophthalmology Networking Reception
- Where: B Restaurant and Bar at the Yerba Buena Gardens
- When: Monday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Other Special Events
If the idea of dressing up and doing some good sounds appealing to you, then make the Orbital Gala a priority during the meeting. This black-tie optional event is a great way to network in style while also supporting the many public service programs sponsored by the Academy’s Foundation and EyeCare America.
This year’s event will be held at the historic Palace Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 25. Hotel tours start at 5 p.m., the silent auction and cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Take advantage of the special 50 percent discount for young ophthalmologists while you discover which famous dignitaries, business moguls and celebrities have frequented the grand establishment! Plus, you can meet and mingle with colleagues from around the world and take part in the silent auction during the reception. Many of the Academy’s YO Committee members will be there and would love to meet and greet you there!
- What: Orbital Gala
- Where: Palace Hotel
- When: Sunday, Oct. 25, starting at 5 p.m.
- Registration: Online
Lastly, if you have only X chromosomes (sorry, fellows), there’s a special reception just for you. The ladies of Ophthalmic Women Leaders (OWL) are hosting a special networking event on Monday, Oct. 26, which will include the launch of their mentoring program. Free for OWL members, it’s $15 for nonmembers.
- What: OWL Networking Event
- Where: InterContinental Hotel
- When: Monday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Between these events, there’s something to go to for almost every night of the meeting. But what about Friday night or Sunday lunch? What if you only have an hour to spend on the Exhibit Floor and want peer tips on the best booths to hit? Or maybe you are looking for where other YOs are taking a coffee break or happy hour.
That’s where social media enters the picture. If you’re on Twitter, you’ll be able to contribute to or follow the conversation by using or searching for hashtag #aaosf09. Look for live coverage of the meeting from the Academy account (@aao_ophth), as well as a new meeting blog from EyeNet. Others you might want to follow:
Whether you choose from the many YO-focused socializing opportunities, dress it up a bit and attend the Orbital Gala or simply choose to socialize online from the comfort of your hotel room, you can definitely find plenty of ways to connect with other YOs. So break out those social calendars and get your dance card ready for the Joint Meeting in San Francisco
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About the author: Kimberly Day is a freelance health writer and medical editor and a frequent contributor to YO Info. She is the co-author of Hormone Revolution and ghost writer of Eat Papayas Naked. Additional reporting by YO Info managing editor Christi A. Foist, whom you just might bump into at the Run for Vision or the EyeSmart kiosk in the Resource Center.