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January 2011

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
Combining Resources to Purchase an EHR System
A few years ago, one of our physicians attended the Academy’s Annual Meeting, and upon his return, he announced that we were going to convert to electronic health records (EHRs). He then laid a software brochure on my desk and said, “Go ahead and get that one. What do you think — we should go live in a few months, right?” After the initial shock wore off and we had a realistic discussion of the many factors and steps involved in a project of this nature, I began the process of considering EHR use in our practice.

Stakeholders from the Start: How YOs Gained a Voice in the Academy
Once upon a time, young ophthalmologists had a nice little symposium at the Academy’s Annual Meeting. They met for about 90 minutes and discussed contracts, malpractice, buy-outs and other practice management topics. Then, in 2005, something changed the face of YOs at the Academy forever.

Treating the Neediest: Community Clinics’ Expanding Role in Primary, Vision Care
When you think of the first place a patient in need of eye care might get help, what settings come to mind? If your short list didn’t include a community health center, you might be surprised, but these clinics are becoming an increasingly important practice setting for not just general practitioners but also ophthalmologists – and not just for seasoned ophthalmologists, but those new to practice or even still in residency.

Five Pearls for the New Year: Advice for 2011 from YO Info’s Editorial Board
Whether you’re struggling to maintain perspective in the present health care environment, uncertain which treatment for AMD to use on a patient or trying to figure out what type of practice setting you want to work on, our editorial board has a tip for you. Academy members can share pearls or ask questions in the comments (login required).

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

OKAPs/Board 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.

Study Tips from Our Editorial Board

  1. Create a study plan that allows you time to cover all the topics adequately without overstressing. When creating a schedule, give yourself a cushion to account for your call schedule, other resident/work related projects, or other occasions where you may not get much time for test prep.
  2. Take as many practice tests as you can. If you miss an answer, then read about that topic extensively in the BCSC or some other reference.

Cataract/Anterior Segment
A patient with high hyperopia and a shallow anterior chamber is at minimal risk for which of the following complications?

A. Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
B. Intraocular lens dislocation
C. Choroidal effusion
D. Iris prolapse
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Based on Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study (AGIS) results, which of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of failure of laser trabeculoplasty?

A. High intraocular pressure prior to laser trabeculectomy
B. Previous trabeculectomy
C. Diabetes
D. Advanced age
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Events and Resources

EyeWiki Mid-Year Forum Contest Winners Announced
Congratulations to the winners of the Eyewiki Challenge to participate in the 2011 Mid-Year Forum! After the judges’ review of their submissions to EyeWiki (, residents Sujata P. Prabhu, MD, of Stony Brook University; Kevin M. Bowman, MD, of Eastern Virginia Medical School; Juliette M. Stenz, MD, of University at Buffalo, Ross Eye Institute; and Annie K. Lim, MD, of UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute, were selected as winners. Want to win a trip to next year’s Mid-Year Forum? Ophthalmology residents based in North America have until Dec. 1 to enter.

2010 YO Program Audio Capture Now Available
Whether you missed the YO Program in Chicago or want to review one of the sessions, you can now access the audio captures of each presentation. The program covered coding, work-life balance, contracts and buy-ins and included a panel discussion on different practice types. Listen to sessions (Flash required).

What’s New? What’s Next? Read the 2010 Year in Review
Find out what the Academy has been up to on all fronts to serve our members and the community – advocacy, education, public service and more. Hear from EVP and CEO David W. Parke II, MD, and 2010 Academy President Randolph L. Johnston, MD, on key Academy accomplishments and priorities. The year in review also gives you a quick update on the ONE™ Network, the new-and-improved EyeSmart® patient education website and what’s in store for 2011. Conveniently viewable online and on your iPad, iPhone or Android device.

Preferred Practice Patterns: Eye Handbook iPhone App
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.