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Day-by-Day Guide to the Annual Meeting
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This year’s Academy Plus pass is like an amazing all-you-can-eat buffet. You pay one price and you have access to 350 courses. (If you’ve bought a course pass, you still need to buy separate tickets for the YO Program and Networking with the Experts.)

But just like a buffet, the choices of what to do at the meeting can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this day-by-day planner to help you whittle all the choices down to a manageable schedule. (Just don’t forget to plan a few backups in case your top choices pack out quickly.)

To help you make the most of your time, we’ve pulled together the recommendations of the YO Committee and the YO International Subcommittee and their suggestions for residents, YOs in their first five years of practice and those traveling from outside the United States.

  Residents First Five Years in Practice International
Saturday, Oct. 23
Afternoon Events   Networking with the Experts
Noon to 1:30 p.m., $20 (includes lunch) Moderator Rob Melendez, MD, MBA, and four panelists will cover mistakes to avoid when signing your first contract; setting up your financial portfolio; staying out of trouble/OMIC and the benefits of networking.
 
Evening Events OPHTHPAC and Surgical Scope Fund happy hour: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the YO Lounge  
Sunday, Oct. 23
Breakfasts with the Experts 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center, Hall A1 Advance Fee: $30 Space is limited and registration is required. Fellowship match – landing your top choice (B121) with YO Committee member Parag Parekh, MD Incorporating premium IOLs into the young cataract surgeon's practice (B106) with YO Committee member Rob Melendez, MD, MBA
Pearls for examining children's eyes for the general ophthalmologist (B132)
with YO Committee member Aaron Miller, MD
 
Morning Young Ophthalmologist Program (SPE13) 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $35 (includes lunch) New ophthalmologists are faced with a multitude of choices in the transition from training to practice. Members of the YO Committee, along with select practice management consultants, will share their own experience and expertise. This program addresses important topics of interest to all new ophthalmologists, such as starting a practice, contracts, buy-ins, coding and insurance. You will have an opportunity to meet and talk with other young ophthalmologists facing similar challenges.  
Afternoon Events Modern Technologies and Techniques That Young Ophthalmologists Should Know (SPE22)- Joint session with the YO committees of the Academy, the European Society of Ophthalmology and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Stephanie A. Baxter, MD, Brad H. Feldman, MD, Anthony P. Khawaja, MBBS
Afternoon Courses and Symposia Examining the Optic Nerve and Evaluating the Visual Field: The Five Rs (232)
3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Ronald L. Gross, MD
Keys to Successful Publication in the Peer-Reviewed Literature (236)

3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Thomas J. Liesegang, MD
Intraoperative Floppy Iris Syndrome: Pearls for Management and Prevention (190)
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
David F. Chang, MD
Oculoplastic Procedures for the General Ophthalmologist (220)
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Robert C Kersten MD
International Opportunities for Young Ophthalmologists (SPE24) 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Grace Sun, MD
International Opportunities for Young Ophthalmologists (SPE24)
4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Grace Sun, MD
Evening FREE Global YO Reception: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hilton Orlando, Champions Gate
Monday, Oct. 24
Morning Help! A Corneal Ulcer Just Walked In—What Do I Do Next? (341)
10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Sonal S. Tuli, MD
Current Topics in Cornea/External Disease: Highlights of the Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 8 (347)

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Robert W. Weisenthal, MD Review of Clinical Optics (352)
10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kevin M. Miller, MD
Optimizing the Results of Presbyopic IOL Surgery (311)
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
William B. Trattler, MD
Avoiding Complications in Cataract Surgery (346)

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Woodford S. Van Meter, MD, FACS
International Forum: Latest Trends and Next-Generation Developments in International Eye Care (SPE31)
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Afternoon Events Networking event: Meet an International Expert: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the YO Lounge. Guests include Mike Brennan, MD, Linda Lawrence, MD, Larry Schwab, MD, and John Cropsey, MD.
Afternoon Welcome to the Real World: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows (SPE33)
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Ravi D. Goel, MD
Diagnosis Optic Neuropathy: Now What? (391)

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Kenneth S. Shindler, MD, PhD
Code Red: Mastering Phaco Nightmares and Worst-Case Scenarios—A Video-Based Course (403)

2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
David F. Chang, MD, Robert H. Osher, MD, Athiya Agarwal, MD, Iqbal K. Ahmed, MD
OCT: Interpretation and Clinical Applications (436)

3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Michael S. Ip, MD
Difficult Situations in Phacoemulsification of the Hard Cataract (407)
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Jeewan S. Titiyal, MD
Corneal Topographic Analysis and Anterior Segment Imaging: Pearls for Your Clinical Practice (435)
3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Mitchell P. Weikert, MD
Strengthening Eye Care Sustainability in Developing Countries: Case Examples Synopsis (425)
3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Evening YO ARVO! Exploring Careers in Research happy hour: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the YO Lounge
Tuesday, Oct. 25
Breakfasts with the Experts 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Orange County Convention Center, Hall A1 Advance Fee: $30 Space is limited and registration is required.   Transitioning from mentee to mentor: effective strategies in training residents and fellows (B606) with YO Committee member Sanjay Kedhar, MD How to arrange a fellowship in the United States for non-U.S. trainees (B466) with Harry Roux
Morning Abandoned Phaco: Convert to No-Stitch Manual Small-Incision Cataract Surgery (500)
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Samar K. Basak, MD, FRCS, MBBS
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Dilemmas in Neuro-Ophthalmology (544)

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Nancy J. Newman, MD
How to Interpret Fundus Fluorescein Angiography and Autofluorescence (554)
10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sawsan R. Nowilaty, MD
Drop and Stop: The Practical Management of Fallen Fragments (502)
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Somdutt Prasad MS, FRCSEd, FRCOphth, FACS
Diabetic Retinopathy Made Ridiculously Simple: Principles, Treatment Strategies, and the ABCs of Diabetic Retinopathy (531)

9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
John O. Mason, MD
Clinical Decisions in the Management of Complications of Cataract and IOL Surgery (537)

10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Manus C. Kraff , MD
Diabetic Macular Edema: Update on Management (552)
10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Arup Das, MD, PhD
 
Afternoon   Emergency Neuro-Ophthalmology: Diagnosis and Management (595)- Jointly sponsored by the Academy’s Annual Meeting Program Committee and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.
2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Nicholas J. Volpe, MD
 
Wednesday, Oct. 26
International Event     Best of the Academy in Spanish (SPE45)
7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Peabody Hotel

Still Not Sure?
Keep in mind that the courses and events listed here are those that specifically speak to YOs in residency, their first five years of practice, or from overseas. There should be plenty of room in the schedule to add education and/or AAOE courses that speak to your specialty or area of concern.

If you are still undecided, join the Annual Meeting group in the Academy Online Community to learn what courses your peers are attending and why. The YO Highlights Brochure also has additional meeting information.

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About the author: Kimberly Day is a freelance health writer and medical editor and a frequent contributor to YO Info. She is the co-author of Hormone Revolution and contributing editor to Peak Health Advocate.

 
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