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April 2010

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
Practice Building: Four Pearls for the Young Ophthalmologist
After years of hard work, many sleepless nights on call and volumes of reading and multiple rounds of anxiety-provoking standardized tests, you’ve finally finished your ophthalmology training, lined up a great job and are ready to enter practice as a full-fledged Eye M.D. Congratulations! Though the clinical learning curve will still be steep for the next few years, you’ve now got a solid set of comprehensive — and possibly subspecialty — ophthalmology skills that will serve you well. Now, there’s just one more small detail: How do you find yourself some patients?

CMS Signature Requirements for Medical Review
Auditors of recent chart reviews have reported an increase in the number of records reviewed that have unacceptable signatures. Medicare contractors require a legible identifier for services provided or ordered. The signature may be handwritten or an electronic signature may be used. Stamped signatures are not acceptable to sign an order or any other part of the medical record. CMS has clarified what entail acceptable methods of signing records and/or tests.

Academy Leadership Wants to Hear From You!
Diana Shiba, MDTaking call, sitting through long resident lectures, staying late at work to learn the ins and outs of really running a practice — all while getting married, having a young family and trying to find time for dinner with your partner. How do you do it all? Now throw in making time for the Academy? Why should you? Maybe you’re thinking, why would the Academy want to hear from me? Diana Shiba, MD, reports what she learned at a recent Federal Secretariat meeting.

How to Know if a Buy-In Offer’s a Good Deal
Last month, Rob Wade discussed four keys for getting a better employment agreement. This month, Jim Herz looks at employment negotiations that may involve a buy-in, and how to know if such an arrangement is worth the investment.

YO Spotlight: Seven Questions for Anthony Khawaja, MB, MA (Cantab), MRCOphth
Anthony KhawajaThis month we kick off a new approach to YO spotlights, our periodic profiles of you and your colleagues. Each featured YO will be asked the same 10 questions, picking seven of them to answer. For our first profile, we talked to Anthony Khawaja, MB, MA (Cantab), MRCOphth, a member of the Academy’s YO Committee’s international subcommittee and a graduate of the European Society of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Development Programme (SOE EuLDP). Dr. Khawaja is in his sixth year of residency at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, United Kingdom, a large teaching hospital affiliated with the NHS (National Health Service). He did his pre-clinical work at the University of Cambridge, and his clinical studies at the University College London.

NEW! Boards Prep
YO Info
helps you prepare for the big test with questions from ProVision. Join the YO Group on to get the answers and share board-prep tips and questions with other YOs.

1. Retina
Which one of the following is a common feature of pars planitis?

A. Vitreous Syneresis
B. Unilaterality
C. Cystoid Macular Edema
D. Unresponsive to oral corticosteroids
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2. Cornea
In which of the following settings may pressure patching be appropriate in the management of corneal abrasion?

A. Large, painful abrasion
B. Abrasion from a fingernail
C. Contact lens-associated abrasion
D. Abrasion from a tree branch
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Events and Resources

Going to Congressional Advocacy Day? Tell Your Story to Win an HD Video Camera!
Everyone has a story from Advocacy Day, and this year, telling yours on the Academy Online Community ( enters you into a contest to win one of two vouchers toward Academy products or the grand prize, a Flip HD video camera! Entry is easy: during or after your trip to Washington, think about your best story from Capitol Hill and share it as a blog post in the Mid-Year Forum group on the community. Your colleagues will be asked to “vote” for the most compelling entry through the “recommend” feature. The top three recommended entries win. Contest closes April 30, so don’t wait too long after you get home to submit your entry. Complete rules

What’s New? What’s Next? Read the 2009 Year in Review
Find out what your Academy is doing for you. The first-ever year-in-review report provides a quick update on Academy milestones, new initiatives to better serve our members and what’s in the works for 2010. Learn more about the record-breaking 2009 Joint Meeting, where Academy revenue comes from, Academy efforts for health care reform and a sustainable growth rate (SGR) fix, what’s planned for the Ophthalmic News & Education (ONE™) Network and more. 

Featured Academy Resource: Appropriate Management of the Refractive Surgery Patient
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.