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Improving Connections with Peers: One Resolution Made Easy
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If one of your resolutions for this year was to do a better job of connecting with colleagues, you’re in luck. As we told you in the November/December issue of YO Info, the Academy has launched a new set of tools to help you do that – and come this February, the means of sharing cases, problems, solutions and more get even better.

Since the fall, interactive features on have been gradually expanding. At present you can comment on and recommend articles in YO Info and EyeNet, as well as numerous sections and types of content on the Ophthalmic News & Education (O.N.E.™) Network, such as the popular Diagnose This! weekly quiz.

But starting in February, you won’t be limited to merely interacting with existing content and conversations on the site – you’ll have the chance to create and share you own.

What’s New
Screenshot of forthcoming AAO community section, groups.Ever wanted a better way to stay in touch with classmates from your medical program or other physicians working in, say, a rural practice?

Wished there were an easier way to share pictures of the case that has you baffled and get advice from peers?

With the new features on the AAO Community, you’ll be able to do all that and more.

  • Join or create groups, public and private (membership granted by administrators). Initially the main groups will be organized by subspecialty, but you’ll be able to request other groups by filling out a brief form. Think you’ll want to start a group? Volunteer to help get things started once the feature launches!
  • Poll your colleagues, ask questions and more, using the discussion forum built into each group. Screenshot of polls feature on the AAO community.
  • Share and discuss case photos, either through your persona or the gallery associated with each group.
  • Post events — spread the word about a local meet-up, unofficial gathering during an Academy Annual Meeting or other event.
  • Blog about challenging cases, health care reform, tips you’ve learned about marketing your practice – whatever topics make sense for the group.

How to Participate
Look for these features in just a few weeks. And if you know you’d like to help feed the conversation, volunteer to be one of the community’s pioneers. You’ll be the first to know “when the doors open,” so to speak. In the meantime, complete your persona, if you haven’t yet (login at right and click on your name to start), and review the community Quick Guide.

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About the author: Christi A. Foist is the managing editor for YO Info and the Web and Member Communications Editor for the Academy’s Web site.

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