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October 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
Employee Policies 101, or Avoiding an HR Nightmare
No one intentionally hires a bad seed, but it happens — unfortunately far too often. Take the case of a Wisconsin doctor who managed to get hired three times following a conviction for sexual assaults on patients. His record was available for anyone who cared to look. Unfortunately, none of the three practices that hired him did. The result? A string of sexual assaults on patients. While an extreme example, there is much to learn from this and other cautionary tales.

Joint Meeting After Hours: Your Guide to Receptions, Happy Hours and More
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.

Procrastinators’ Guide to the Joint Meeting
There’s always a reason. Maybe you’ve been debating on attending the Joint Meeting and just found out you qualify for a department grant to attend. Or maybe you just found out that a previously scheduled appointment or meeting that kept you from coming has been cleared. If you’re worrying what to do now, never fear. YO Info’s procrastinators’ guide to the Joint Meeting has the scoop on making last minute travel preparations, the ins and outs of registering onsite, choosing sessions and courses, and even a few suggestions from the YO Info editorial board.

An Insider’s Guide to San Francisco Neighborhoods and Mass Transit
Like any major city, San Francisco relies on mass transit to ferry many of its citizens and visitors around. Though the most famous part of the system is the city’s iconic cable cars, the region’s transit comprises a network of interconnected agencies. This month’s final insider’s guide gives you the scoop on San Francisco’s urban geography, and explains what takes you where. Plus, you’ll also get a personal introduction to some of the neighborhoods nearest Joint Meeting Central (a.k.a., the Moscone Center).

Events and Resources

Want to Tell Prospective Eye M.D.s What You Love Most About Your Job?
Academy staff will be taping short video interviews with ophthalmologists at the Joint Meeting, for use in materials educating prospective ophthalmologists about the field. If you’re passionate about what you do and willing to answer a few brief questions about why you entered the field and what you love most, e-mail to schedule an interview.

OMIC Insureds: Save 5% on Renewal by Attending a Joint Meeting Session
To receive the discount upon renewal of your insurance, attend “Why Take the Risk? How to Create An Effective Risk Management Strategy With Patient Education and Informed Consent Documents” (event code SPE42), on Monday, Oct. 26, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Moscone West. The session focuses on the critical role patient education and informed consent documents play in a risk management strategy.

Follow, Discuss the Joint Meeting on Twitter
Whether or not you’re coming to the Joint Meeting, you can follow the buzz on Twitter by searching for posts with the meeting hashtag: #aaosf09 or following the Academy (@aao_ophth). And if you’re an active Twitter user, use the hashtag to share observations on sessions, great restaurants and more with your colleagues.

Featured Academy Resource: Code of Ethics, now in Spanish too!
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. The YO Info newsletter provides a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with this important resource.