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March 2012

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).

Acquiring a Detailed Patient History for Common Eye Emergency Cases
“I need to see the doctor right away — and I don't have an appointment.” Staff is often on the receiving end of this request, either by phone or in person, and they need to decide quickly which patients should see a physician and when. Front-desk staff may not be trained for this sort of evaluation, but physicians should be able to help triage ocular emergencies and schedule patients accordingly. Your practice can simplify the choices by dividing clinical presentation into four tiers.

Practice Management
Hiring a New Physician — Answers to Some Key Questions
Most practices eventually need to add a new physician, whether to meet increasing demand or to maintain practice capacity. If you’re considering the addition of a new associate, here are answers to some of the critical questions involved.

Advocacy Day: A Chance to Make Issues ‘Local’ for Your Legislators
To say that our country is in the middle of serious financial and international uncertainty is an understatement. And given that this is an election year, there appears to be a growing interest in politics and political involvement. So what about advocating in one area where your voice is certain to be heard: ophthalmology? And the timing couldn’t be more perfect for you to jump into the political arena and attend Advocacy Day.

Against All Odds: Lessons from Three Heroically Persistent Ophthalmologists
Have you ever considered asking yourself, “What would keep me from practicing ophthalmology?” Take a moment to reflect on this. Very few would contest that obtaining a residency in ophthalmology is highly competitive, requiring approximately a decade of your time, and placing demands on your personal life. In addition to excellent grades, superb board exam scores and influential letters of reference, there exists a prerequisite of good fortune in order to succeed. Now, introduce into this equation an international catastrophe spanning six years of active warfare and genocide preceded by decades of economic hardships, political imprisonment and forced migrations. At what cost would you still become an ophthalmologist?

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

Focal Points
Pediatric Glaucoma
Pediatric glaucoma represents a heterogeneous group of rare disorders with a variety of presentations and underlying etiologies. Treatment requires the prevention of optic nerve damage by lowering IOP. Due to the wide range of management challenges, treating children with glaucoma often requires a team approach that includes ophthalmologists with subspecialty training in pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, and cornea, as well as a pediatric low vision specialist. This module reviews the classification, signs and symptoms, evaluation, and medical and surgical management of pediatric glaucoma and incorporates information on recent advances in the field. (The American Academy of Ophthalmology designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.)

Events and Resources

ONE Network Announces Winners of YO Grand Rounds Contest
The Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®) Network recently hosted the first-ever grand rounds competition for residents. All 25 entries were very high quality; thank you to everyone who participated! Plans for the next competition are already in the works.

  • First Place: Keratomalacia with descemetocele in a 2.5-month-old boy; Mohammad H. Dastjerdi, MD, Department of Ophthalmology University of Kansas
  • Second Place: Cat Scratch Disease; Sally Chang, MD, California Pacific Medical Center
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Leader: Carotid Cavernous Fistula; David Chin Yee, MD, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Ocular Oncology/Pathology Leader: Merkel Cell Carcinoma: A Rare Eyelid Tumor; Matthew Emanuel, MD, Emory University Hospital
  • Uveitis Leader: Syphilitic Uveitis; Michael I. Seider, MD, University of California at San Francisco

Video: Young Ophthalmologists Face Universal Challenges
In a recently posted video interview from the WOC2012 meeting in Abu Dhabi, Kgao Legodi, MD, encourages active dialogue, participation in global ophthalmologic societies and the use of social networking technologies to help bridge cultural and geographic divides.

Traveling to Busan? Don’t Miss YO Session
If planning to attend the joint Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology/European Society of Ophthalmology congress in Busan, South Korea, next month, don’t miss the special YO session. Jointly hosted by APAO and AAO, the YO symposium (S1804) will be April 13, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Preferred Practice Patterns: Recommendations for Genetic Testing of Inherited Eye Diseases
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. The YO Info newsletter will regularly include a link to a PPP, policy statement or other resource to help familiarize young ophthalmologists with these important resources.