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November/December 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
Starting with this issue, YO Info now offers the ability to comment on and recommend articles. Log in to view or make comments.

Practice Management
Using Templates to Improve Technician Efficiency
Efficient use of a practice’s staff time = greater profitability. That’s an equation that every doctor and manager knows to be true. But awareness of that fundamental link between superior productivity and increased revenue isn’t enough. The challenge is to fully realize efficiency within your own practice. Nowhere is this more a challenge than in a practice’s technical department. Since patients and problems can gobble up precious time beyond your control, it is all the more crucial to ensure that everything within your ability to fully affect is handled as efficiently as possible.

Boost Your Bottom Line
News Flash — We are in a recession. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 18 months, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that we are living in uncertain economic times. The gloomy outlook makes headline news day in and day out. “For Sale” signs line some residential neighborhoods and “For Rent” signs line some, once busy and highly sought after commercial streets.

Joint Meeting
A YO Perspective on the YO Program
The core purpose of the Academy’s Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Committee is to address the educational needs of younger or new to practice ophthalmologists, communicate their concerns to the Academy leadership and support their membership and involvement in Academy activities. The major focus of these efforts is directed toward residency, fellowship, and the first five years of practice. The YO Committee develops the YO Program held in conjunction with the Academy’s Annual Meeting. Committee member Rob Melendez reports on this year’s program.

A Very Social Meeting, A Very Social Academy
Those of you browsing the O.N.E. shortly before the Academy’s recent Joint Meeting may have noticed a new feature on some pages: the ability to comment and review articles, including posts on EyeNet Magazine’s blog. For many meeting attendees, that was just one way that social media and the Academy combined – and it’s only just begun, as you’ll see with this issue of YO Info.

Are Your Patient Education Tools Putting You at Risk for Malpractice?
When Jo Dewhirst came to the first ophthalmologist’s office in need of cataract removal and lens implant, she was immediately impressed by the thoroughness of the explanations he and his staff gave her. “I was given detailed instruction on how to prepare myself prior to surgery, the necessary arrangements that needed to be made and what I would need to have on hand at home after surgery,” Dewhirst says. “He also covered ‘what I should expect’ from the surgery and what expectations might be unrealistic.” If she had any additional questions, a surgery coordinator was able to fill in the gaps. While nervous, she felt totally mentally prepared for surgery; in fact, the education she received prior to the procedure was so detailed, she almost felt as if she had already gone through the process before the operation even began.

One to One: David W. Parke Sr., MD
He chose medicine over dentistry so he wouldn’t have to put his fingers in people’s mouths and wound up in ophthalmology only through a mentor he never would have met if things had gone as planned. In an interview at the Joint Meeting in San Francisco, the father of the Academy’s CEO and EVP discusses the missteps, hard choices and disappointments that have nonetheless made for a very satisfying career.

Events and Resources

Claim Joint Meeting CME Beginning Dec. 16
Forget to claim your Joint Meeting CME onsite in San Francisco? Not to worry. Beginning Dec. 16, you’ll be able to claim meeting CME online. Note that credits must be reported by Jan. 20, 2010.

EnergEYES Award
During the 2009 Joint Meeting in San Francisco, the Young Ophthalmologists Committee presented Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, with the first EnergEYES Award, which was created to honor an Academy Senior Ophthalmologist who mentors Young Ophthalmologists.

Academy 2009 Election Results
Officers for the 2010 Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology have been elected, with Richard L. Abbott, MD, chosen as president-elect. The Academy Web site has further details.

Featured Academy Resource: How to Safely Open a Champagne Bottle [EyeSmart video for use with patients]
Yes, there is a right way -- and many wrong ways -- to open a bottle of bubbly this holiday season. Help your patients protect their sight by showing them this video. A YouTube version is also available; e-mail for details.