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August 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).

Joint Meeting
First-Time Attendee’s Guide to the Joint Meeting
The meeting can be tough to navigate as a seasoned pro, let alone as a novice. If this year’s Joint Meeting will be your first Annual Meeting, then consider this article your must-have guide! We’ll tell you the most essential events and sessions to attend, then share six tips for a great meeting from your colleagues.

New-to-Practice Guide to the Joint Meeting
It’s not your first meeting, but you’re still just a year or two into practice. Wondering how to approach the Annual Meeting now? We’ve got you covered. There are a wide variety of programs and courses designed specifically for young ophthalmologists in their first few years of practice. Not only can you discover the ins and outs of buy-ins and how to determine the value of a practice, but you can also learn everything you need to know about coding, employment law and even a few Internet marketing strategies. And, best of all, you can network with the experts.

From Free Cigarettes to the ‘Penthouse Gang’: How the Palmer House Became the Academy’s Home Away from Home
You cannot be the longest continuously operating hotel in North America and not have some amazing stories hidden within your walls. And the Palmer House in Chicago — site of this year's Orbital Gala and a host of Annual Meetings past — has stories to spare.

Seven Reasons to Refer to a Retina Specialist
By virtue of its nature, a comprehensive ophthalmology practice promises a broad variety of pathology and problem complexity. The ability to recognize diagnoses that warrant referral to a specialist strengthens the comprehensive ophthalmologist’s clinical acumen. The following is a list of common diagnoses that are best managed with the assistance of a retina specialist. It is by no means exhaustive; however, this list encompasses some of the most common indications for referral.

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

Events and Resources

Register by Aug. 25 to Get Meeting Materials Mailed to You
If you still haven’t registered for the Joint Meeting in Chicago, Oct. 16 to 19, time is running out to still get your materials mailed to you in advance. So, unless you like waiting in long lines to register onsite, don’t wait! After Aug. 25, you can still preregister until Sept. 22, but will have to pick up materials like your badge in Chicago.

State Society Spotlight: Michigan Focuses on Future
YOs shared the spotlight at the Michigan state society’s recent annual conference, as part of an ongoing effort by the Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MiSEPS) to ensure that YOs are engaged in society events. The conference included a resident research competition, with presentations by residents of four training programs. Presenters included:

Michigan resident presenters
  • Elizabeth Du, MD (Henry Ford Health System);
  • Amit Vora, MD (Beaumont Eye Institute). 
  • Cagri Besirli, MD, PhD (Kellogg Eye Institute);
  • George Markakis, MD (Kresge Eye Institute); and

Dr. Vora came away the winner for his presentation on visual outcomes after sequential series of three ranibizumab treatments for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. He was honored during the MiSEPS Past Presidents’ Banquet. Diane Schlachter, MD, and Joseph Zeiter, MD, are MiSEPS’ YO co-chairs. The Academy partners closely with all 52 state ophthalmology societies (including the Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., societies) and collaborates on a number of programs and efforts. Several state ophthalmology societies have sections dedicated to YOs and develop events and activities specifically for that constituent group. View the Academy’s state society directory to get involved with your local society!

Increased Emphasis on Community Health Centers an Opportunity for YOs
Community health centers are receiving increased government focus and funding as a key component of health care reforms. These facilities provide an excellent opportunity for YOs to gain experience and get involved in the community. Watch for more information on community health centers in Washington Report Express and other Academy publications.

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Featured Academy Resource: Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome Clinical Statement
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.