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June 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
Ophthalmology Coding, Pt. 2: Keratoplasty to YAG Capsulotomy
Last month, we began highlighting key points in coding the services most frequently performed in ophthalmology, from A-scan ultrasound for intraocular lens calculations through foreign body. This month, we’ll pick up with keratoplasty.

Using the Local Media to Promote Your Practice
Unless you are in a very, very small town, your eye clinic is likely not the only option for patients in need of care. That means people have a choice, and in our competitive world, you have to do what you can to make sure your clinic is their preferred choice. One way of establishing awareness and credibility for your practice is through your local media.

Registries are the Wave of the Future
Everywhere you turn, more and more functions are being done online. Whether it is research, contacting friends, maintaining your calendar, or even meeting your future spouse, it seems that we all turn to the Internet to manage our lives. And now, the business of medicine has jumped on board, using the Internet to make the profession, and compensation, flow a bit more smoothly with the use of online registries. The Academy has answered with the Ophthalmic Patient Outcomes Database, commonly referred to as the outcomes registry, created in partnership with the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

Incorporating Premium IOLs Into Your Practice, Part 1: Laying the Groundwork
When it comes to cataract surgery, we’ve found that one of the most important elements is laying the groundwork. Doing this effectively involves both patient education and a thorough corneal topography. In this article, we’ll look at how to provide initial patient education on cataracts and IOL options, plus the optics involved in ensuring premium IOLs yield the most satisfied patient possible.

YO Spotlight: Seven Questions for Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhD
Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhDThis month, we continue our new approach to YO Spotlights, periodic profiles of you and your colleagues. Each featured YO is asked the same 10 questions, picking seven of them to answer. For our second profile, we talked to Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhD, a member of the Academy’s Leadership Development Program XII, class of 2010. Dr. Frenkel is in his first year of practice at the Hebrew University Medical Center in Hadassah, where he works at the Israeli Specialized Ocular Oncology Service.

NEW! Academy Online Community Highlights
YO Info
picks the most relevant recent discussions among your peers.

Events and Resources

Help Us Improve YO Info! Take Our Brief Survey
We’re doing our first-ever reader survey, so whether you’re a first-time or long-time YO Info reader, would you answer seven questions for us? It should only take a couple minutes, but will help us tailor coverage to the needs and interests of our readers. Thanks! Take the survey.

Get Ready – Joint Meeting Registration Opens June 23
This year’s Joint Meeting is Oct. 16 to 19 in Chicago, our first-ever Joint Meeting with the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO). The Academy has upgraded the meeting registration system with some new and exciting features:

  • Log in to the Joint Meeting Program Search and build your meeting calendar with events that interest you. It’s easy to find events for YOs – just select “Endorsed by Young Ophthalmologist Committee” from the Special Interest dropdown menu.
  • When registration opens, you can speed things up by easily purchasing items saved in your calendar.
  • Download the calendar to your computer for quick reference.
  • E-mail interesting courses and sessions to your colleagues.

YOs Selected for Academy’s Leadership Development Program
Four young ophthalmologists were among the 19 selected for the Academy's Leadership Development Program (LDP) XIII, Class of 2011. This prestigious program provides a unique opportunity for 18 to 20 U.S. and one international ophthalmologist to improve their leadership skills over a one-year period. Congratulations to:

  • Andrew Doan P. Doan, MD, PhD, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • Arash Eshghabadi, MD, Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology
  • Brenda Pagán-Durán, MD, New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Paul C. Kang, MD, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Ophthalmology Society

Does the LDP sound like something you’d be interested in? Nominations are solicited from state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies on an annual basis in March. 

What Has the Academy Been Up To? Where are We Headed?
Find out what the Academy has been delivering to members and what it means for you – from cutting-edge initiatives to big plans for this year and beyond. Our first-ever year-in-review report gives you a quick rundown of topics, including our position on health care reform, improved learning tools on the Ophthalmic News & Education (ONE™) Network, the new EyeWiki, better eye health information for patients on the Web and much more.

Featured Academy Resource: Compendium of Evidence-Based Eye Care™
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.