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September 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).

Annual Meeting
Plan Your Annual Meeting Schedule: Three Great Tools
The Annual Meeting is the perfect place for YOs to meet, greet, network, job hunt, expand their scientific knowledge, pick up practice management advice and hone their surgical skills. But managing all of these options can be challenging at best! To help you plan your meeting schedule, here’s a guide to three great online tools you can use to plan your schedule for Orlando, plus some tips for choosing courses.

Day-by-Day Guide to the Annual Meeting
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. (Note that 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. 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.

What a Fanged Mouth Guard Has to Do With Ophthalmology: An Interview with the New YO Info Editor
As a solo practitioner and mother of two, new YO Info editor Natasha Herz, MD, certainly has her hands full. Yet she finds a way to handle multiple roles and still maintain a sense of humor. As Dr. Herz takes over the helm of YO Info from Rob Melendez, MD, MBA, we asked the long-time editorial board member how she handles it all and why she’s willing to carve out even more time for the newsletter.

Posterior Segment Imaging in Glaucoma: Which Tests to Use?
The management of the glaucoma patient and glaucoma suspect has become more interesting as imaging technology has evolved over the past few years. Stereoscopic disc photography, HRT, GDx, time domain OCT, spectral domain OCT. Which ones should you use to help diagnose glaucoma? Which ones should you use to help monitor progression? There has been considerable debate among glaucoma specialists regarding the use of these imaging modalities and if one is superior to the others. If you are thinking about purchasing a new machine for your office, this article will give you some useful information on the clinical utility of imaging in glaucoma.?

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

Focal Points
Cataract Surgery in the Developing World
Over the past two decades, innovations and advances in phacoemulsification have helped to improve surgical outcomes for millions of patients, with fewer complications and faster visual rehabilitation. However, the high cost associated with this technology limits its use throughout the developing world, where the majority of cataract-blind people live. The need to provide high-quality, low-cost cataract surgery to underserved patients in underdeveloped countries has fostered innovations in sutureless, non-phaco surgical techniques and novel refinements in the delivery of surgical services. This sutureless, non-phaco technique, termed manual small-incision cataract surgery (MSICS), provides excellent results for even the most advanced and challenging cataracts. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

Don’t Forget to Buy Tickets for YO Program, Networking with the Experts
Even though this year’s new course pass gets you into nearly 350 Academy and AAOE courses, don’t forget that a few special YO events require separate tickets, though both are reasonably priced. If you’re planning to attend either the YO Program or Networking with the Experts, buy tickets in advance to reserve your seat and save time in onsite meeting lines. View more must-attend events in the YO Highlights brochure (PDF), plus get tips on what to do in Orlando from YOs who live there.

Residents: Win a Trip to the 2012 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 2012 Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., April 25 to 28. Contest is open to North American ophthalmology residents and entries must be received by Dec. 1. Four prizes awarded.

Visit the International Center at the Annual Meeting
YOs traveling to Orlando from outside the United States are welcome to relax and obtain Annual Meeting information at the International Center, Booth 3301. This is an ideal place to check your e-mail, meet colleagues and learn more about AAO programs. Light refreshments will also be available.

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Featured Academy Resource: Comprehensive Adult Medical Eye Evaluation
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.