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November/December 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
Four Tips for Hiring and Keeping Great Staff
Your staff is one of the most costly and important investments your practice will make. You must not only pay competitive wages and offer attractive benefits to attract qualified staff, but also provide a nurturing environment to retain great staff. By doing so, employees will be less tempted to change jobs for a nominal raise after you have invested precious time and money in on-the-job training.

Misuse of Modifier -79
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a Management Implication Report on the misuses of the modifier -79.

Joint Meeting
Clinician-Scientists Unite!
Clinician-scientists play a vital role in filling the gap between patient care and discovery research. Splitting their time and interests between clinical practice and research enables them to translate their research results into the clinic, as well as develop research questions based on clinical issues they encounter in practice. However, over the last three decades, significant concern has been expressed about barriers faced by clinician-scientists and, indeed, their very survival. While the difficulties of this career path, which involves patient care, research and teaching, are evident to most, the motivations, success stories and rewards to those who choose this path would aid the ones considering this path.

Marketing Your Practice in the Social Media Age
As a young ophthalmologist entering the marketplace, you face many challenges that were not present just a few years ago. To be successful, you must focus your time and energy on developing a business model that will sustain your growth for many years to come. Whether you are a solo practitioner or part of a group, the modern challenge remains: how do you grow your business?

Preparing for Premium IOLs: Getting Started with Limbal-Relaxing Incisions to Correct for Astigmatism
Why do you need to learn how to perform limbal-relaxing incisions? Limbal-relaxing incisions (LRIs) are used alone and in combination with implantation of toric and multifocal/presbyopia IOLs. As a resident, or if you are new to this technology, your best candidates are patients with astigmatism levels of 1.00 to 2.00 diopters of cylinder. You can quickly determine the degree of astigmatism by looking at your manual keratometry readings, then perform a corneal topography to confirm the axis and degree of astigmatism and to rule out any abnormal pathology, such as early keratoconus or irregular astigmatism.

Eye M.D. to 10 Million: Seven Questions for John Cropsey, MD
John Cropsey, MD, with children from his communityFor this month’s YO Spotlight, we talk to John Cropsey, MD, a former Wills Eye Institute resident who is the only ophthalmologist at a Kenyan eye unit that is “the main referral center for roughly 10 million people.” Dr. Cropsey shares about how he entered medicine, what brought him to Kenya and the challenge of saying no.

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

Events and Resources

Claim Joint Meeting CME Before Jan. 19
If you didn’t claim CME for the Joint Meeting while you were in Chicago, it’s not too late, but don’t wait too long. You have until Jan. 19 to get credit for courses and sessions you attended.

ONE Network Seeks Editor in Chief, Deputy Editor in Chief
The Academy is seeking applications for an editor-in-chief and a deputy editor-in-chief of the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE™) Network. Find more information online. Applications should be sent to the director of the ONE Network, Dale Fajardo, at Each applicant should attach a CV and a one-page description summarizing his or her qualifications for either of these positions.

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: Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Suspect
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.