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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).
Solving Eight Coding Concerns
When it comes to CPT codes, it can be confusing at best and downright costly at worst. Here are eight common situations and the (usually) quick solution.
Beyond the Course Pass
The Academy Plus Course Pass is all the rage this year. It gives you flexibility and freedom to pick from nearly 350 different Annual Meeting courses for one low price. But it doesn’t give you access to everything. For YOs in particular, there are a few things you’ll want to attend that lie outside of the course pass.
Get Connected in Orlando
People attend the Academy’s Annual Meeting for many reasons, but one of them is certainly the other attendees — experts from whom you want to learn, colleagues in your subspecialty, friends you haven’t seen since residency. To help you make the right connections at this year’s meeting in Orlando, the Academy has planned several events to help YOs get and stay in touch.
It’s All About the Ribbons
Throughout history, there have always been ways to denote rank and prestige. Football players have stickers on their helmets, art collectors display paintings, actors collect awards and military leaders don medals and ribbons. And ophthalmologists are no different. Anyone who’s been to an Annual Meeting knows the sight of attendees with badges colorfully bedecked.
The Challenge of Varied Referrals: Seven Questions for Krishna Kishor, MD
For this month’s YO Spotlight, we talked to Krishna Kishor, MD, an alum of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College of Virginia and recipient of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology's Michael R. Redmond Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Award. Dr. Kishor did his fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Fla., where he is still in academic practice. Dr. Kishor will be a panelist in the joint Secretariat for State Affairs/YO Committee 2011 Annual Meeting session, Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows. He talked to YO Info about helping veterans and the benefits of instant gratification.
Academy Online Community Highlights
YO Info picks the most relevant recent discussions among your peers.
The Dissatisfied Presbyopia-Correcting IOL Patient
As the population steadily ages, an increasing number of individuals will develop presbyopia and cataracts. In addition to seeking cosmetic surgery in an effort to remain youthful in their physical appearance, many patients are similarly attracted to refractive cataract surgery to correct their presbyopia and regain their ability to focus clearly at distance vision and near vision without glasses. The optical advantages of presbyopia-correcting IOLs (PrCIOLs) are sometimes outweighed by visual side effects in a minority of patients. With careful patient selection, PrCIOLs can offer an alternative to standard monofocal IOLs and the possibility of a broad range of unaided vision. Therefore, all refractive and cataract surgeons must become an expert in the evaluation and management of the dissatisfied PrCIOL patient. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)
Events and Resources
Eyes Toward the Future: Humanitarian Eye Missions in Haiti and Africa
If you’ll be in Orlando for the Annual Meeting, make time in your schedule for this special, inaugural symposium (SYM18), organized by the National Medical Association’s ophthalmology section. Speakers will include Academy past-president Michael Brennan, MD, who will give the Axel Carl Hansen lecture. The session is 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in Orange County Convention Center room W414ab.
Academy’s BCSC Goes Mobile
Ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents can now access the 2011-2012 Basic and Clinical Sciences Course (BCSC) on their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Each of the BCSC’s 13 sections can be purchased individually through Apple’s iBookstore application or iTunes.
As Friends and Patients Finalize Costumes, Remind Them to Decorate Eyes Carefully
With Halloween just days away, your patients and friends – maybe even some members of your staff – may be planning costumes that will include decorative contact lenses. But do they know the dangers of buying lenses without a prescription? Two short videos created by the EyeSmart® campaign provide a quick and easy way to remind them how to buy decorative lenses safely. Share a video on Facebook or embed it in your practice website or blog. Get videos. And if you’ll be in Orlando this weekend, stop by the EyeSmart kiosk in the Academy Resource Center, Booth 1359, to learn about other FREE EyeSmart resources.
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Preferred Practice Patterns: Epidemiology and Statistics for the Ophthalmologist
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. This month’s resource is an essential and practical primer for physicians, by 2011 Laureate Alfred Sommer, MD.