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September 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
Procrastinator’s Guide to the Joint Meeting
Perhaps you have been cramming for an exam. Or maybe you’ve been researching fellowship programs. Or possibly you’ve just been so busy with life in general that the Joint Meeting has snuck up on you. And now, it’s here, and you are scrambling to attend. Never fear. We’ve done the research, talked to those who have been there, and compiled everything you’ll need to know to make last-minute travel preparations, register onsite, select sessions and courses and even manage to enjoy the Chicago scene!

Best of the Joint Meeting’s Happy Hours, Receptions
Who says the Joint Meeting has to be just about scientific presentations and educational sessions? This is Chicago after all! So take advantage of the many opportunities to mix a bit of business with pleasure and connect with other young ophthalmologists.

Insiders’ Guide to Chicago
Welcome to a fabulous, fun, sophisticated town. Chicagoans love their city, and for good reasons. We are all (well, almost all) familiar with the cultural panache of New York City, but mixed with Midwestern friendliness and an ease of getting around, Chicago has diverse and still ethnic neighborhoods, a history of trendsetting architecture and a cheerful mood. There is so much to see in Chicago as it is, not to mention trying to get it all in while still getting the most of out the meeting. So here is the Cliffs Notes version of our Chicago.


10 Pearls for Ocular Surface Disease
The most common patients a comprehensive ophthalmologist will likely take care of in his or her practice are those with ocular surface disease, including dry eyes and blepharitis. Proper management of these patients often depends on identifying the primary problems and addressing all the contributing factors. Here are a few tips for making the proper diagnosis and treatment in patients with ocular surface disease.

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

Events and Resources

Register by Sept. 22 to Avoid Lines, Higher Prices in Chicago
Joint Meeting preregistration ends Sept. 22, so register now to save time and money in Chicago. The deadline to have your meeting badge and materials mailed to you has passed, however, so you’ll have to pick them up onsite.

Bone Up on Coding in Chicago
The Joint Meeting isn’t just a great place to get new clinical insights and hear the latest research; it’s also a chance to improve your coding skills. Get a crash course on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Coding Camp for Beginners (event code CAMP1).

Residents: Win a Trip to the 2011 Mid-Year Forum
Contribute to one of four content areas on the EyeWiki, the Academy’s new online ophthalmology encyclopedia project, and you could win a trip to the 2011 Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., April 6 to 9. Contest is open to North American ophthalmology residents and entries must be received by Dec. 1.

Help Us Improve YO Info! Take Our Brief Survey
If you haven’t had a chance to respond to our reader survey yet, 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.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Refractive Errors and Refractive Surgery
As a service to its members and the public, the Academy has developed a series of guidelines called Preferred Practice Patterns™ (PPP) that identify characteristics and components of 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.