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November/December 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).

What’s in a Name? Defining and Understanding Local Coverage Determinations
Though it’s a far cry from the infamous feud between the Montagues and Capulets, there can be an occasional conflict on exact coverage policy between physicians and Medicare Part B payers. To help you avoid becoming part of such conflicts, here’s a quick guide to local coverage determinations (LCDs).

Practice Management
The Technology Adoption Life Cycle
Ophthalmology has been viewed as one of the more technologically advanced medical and surgical specialties. But not all of us have the same technology-adoption habits. By identifying where you fall under the technology adoption curve and where your partners/residents are along the curve, you can use those insights to find ways to work with your colleagues to make informed tech-related decisions for your practice/department.

Annual Meeting
YO Program Wrap-Up: Six Keys to Success
Your early career in ophthalmology can be an overwhelming experience. I have often asked myself whether I was truly succeeding or at least setting myself up for success. I worked hard during residency and fellowship and felt like that should mean I would get this whole job thing “right.” WRONG! In the last year, I have discovered that the real world of ophthalmology includes so much more than just the clinical aspects of ophthalmology. So how do you prepare for success? The answer is five-fold.

YOs Go Global with Some Help from the Experts
Fact: There are 39 million people in the world who are blind. In addition, there are 246 million more people who are visually impaired. Yet 80 percent of blindness is avoidable — that is, preventable, treatable, or curable. Not surprisingly, about 90 percent of the blind live in the developing world. These numbers are a sobering reality. But I, along with a group of international experts who joined us in the YO lounge at this year’s Academy Annual Meeting, remain hopeful and optimistic for this reason — YOU!

Seven Pediatric Ophthalmology Pearls
Performing eye examinations on children can have its challenges, but also holds great rewards. I sometimes joke with my colleagues that performing eye examinations on children is close to veterinary medicine. At times, all you have to guide you is your observations during the course of the examination. Over the first five years of my practice, I have developed seven pearls that I have found to be helpful when examining children’s eyes.

The Man Whose Slides Caught Fire: One-to-One with Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS
Public speaking to even small crowds prompts sweat and tremors for many – never mind speaking to a crowd of thousands, comprising so many peers and leaders in your field that almost all possible future bosses may be listening. That was the task Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS, faced, one October morning in Dallas, a few weeks into his second year of residency. And that was the day his slides caught fire.

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

Focal Points
The Anomalous Optic Nerve
Ophthalmologists are often asked to evaluate a patient whose optic nerve has an unusual appearance. An anomalous optic nerve is a nerve that appears abnormal but is not diseased. The purpose of this module is to assist ophthalmologists in identifying optic nerves that are merely anomalous and not indicative of a serious underlying health condition. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

Residents: You Could Win a BCSC in Grand Rounds Competition
Submit your best clinical cases for a chance to win prizes and have your case published on the ONE Network. First-place prizes include the 2011-2012 Basic and Clinical Science Course DVD-ROM, recognition on the ONE Network, free admission to the 2012 YO Program and an electronic copy of The Profession of Ophthalmology. Author guidelines coming soon. Submit your clinical case to by Jan. 15 for a chance to win!

Annual Meeting Sessions for YOs Now Online
If you missed the 2011 YO Program in Orlando or the special Networking with the Experts session for MDs in their first few years of practice, presentation slides and audio are now online. View presentations.

YO Committee Presents EnergEYES Award to David Parke, MD
Members of the YO Committee presented this year’s EnergEYES award to David Parke, MD, during the recent Annual Meeting in Orlando. The award is presented to recognize and honor ophthalmologists who demonstrate exemplary leadership skills, mentor young ophthalmologists, serve as strong role models and display high energy that motivates younger MDs to get involved.

Mark Your Calendars for YO Session in Abu Dhabi!
U.S. and international YOs attending the 2012 World Ophthalmology Congress, Feb. 16 to 20 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, should plan to attend the YO session, Education Without Borders: The Future for Young Ophthalmologists. The joint session is hosted by the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology, the Academy and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE). Organizers includes Manal Taryam, MD (UAE); Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD (South Africa); and Anthony Khawaja, MBBS (United Kingdom), a member of the Academy's YO international subcommittee and the SOE YO committee chair.  

Education Without Borders: The Future for Young Ophthalmologists
Monday, Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Room: Capital Suite 4

Link Your Practice Website to EyeSmart for Chance to Win an iPad
Academy members who link their practice website to the EyeSmart® public-education website by Feb. 17 have an opportunity to win an iPad2. The contest is part of an Academy campaign to provide the public with MD-reviewed, reliable, online eye-health information. Entry details are on the Academy website.

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Preferred Practice Patterns: Cataract in the Adult Eye PPP
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.