Calling all young eye surgeons. From Nov. 9 to 13, the most important scientific gathering of the year will convene for eye surgeons from around the world: the Academy’s Annual Meeting.
This year the Academy co-hosts a Joint Meeting — the fourth such exciting collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, which will open with a powerful keynote speaker: Abraham Verghese, MD, the best-selling author and professor of medicine from Stanford University.
The Joint Meeting begins with the popular Subspecialty Day meetings — seven intensive, subspecialty-specific sessions that run from Nov. 9 to 10. This year’s meetings cover refractive surgery, retina, cornea, glaucoma, oculofacial plastic surgery and uveitis (last on the schedule in 2010). These meetings are immediately followed by the Joint Meeting proper, a host of sessions, courses, labs and roundtables of interest to every ophthalmologist running Nov. 10 to 13.
“This is the largest meeting for ophthalmologists — the vastness alone is quite something to behold,” says Anthony Khawaja, MBBS, an ophthalmology resident at Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge in the United Kingdom and also a member of the YO International Subcommittee.
James Chelnis, MD, an ophthalmology resident at the University of Buffalo and a member of the YO Info Newsletter Editorial Board agreed. “The sheer amount of research presented at the Annual Meeting is impressive,” he said. “Ophthalmology is a relatively short residency and attending the annual meeting early on is a great way to explore one’s interests in the field and speak to ophthalmologists from varied backgrounds. There really is no other opportunity to explore so many possibilities in so little time.”
More than 350 courses are included in the Academy Plus course pass, which is $175 in advance (a savings of $50 over the onsite price) and only $100 for members-in-training. The pass, which debuted last year, includes the 2012 YO Program, although attendees must wear their YO ribbon.
Elizabeth Yeu, MD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said she is “a huge fan of this all-access course pass, which provides the best chance to maximize one's exposure to various courses throughout the duration of the meeting. It also takes the stress off of having to pre-plan a meeting itinerary weeks to months in advance.”
Some special ticketed events are not included in the pass, however, such as Breakfast with the Experts and Networking with the Experts – Knowledge and Tips for the Young Ophthalmologist. Purchase individual tickets to attend these events.
During their stay in Chicago, attendees will enjoy some of the most characteristic and original American culture possible, by way of fresh and delicious cuisine, innovative music, classical arts and razor-edge performances.
An internationally beloved city, Chicago is often considered the most “American” of all U.S. metropolises. The city’s serenely beautiful skyline, overlooking the cool, blue waters of Lake Michigan, is punctuated with hundreds of architectural landmarks, many of which are considered archetypes of early 20th and midcentury modernism. And as home to many universities, cultural institutions and think tanks of international regard, Chicago is fertile cultural ground for hosting a scholarly, academic meeting.
A YO ribbon will ensure admission to the YO Lounge, which offers a variety of services and networking opportunities, as well as two happy hours. When you visit the YO Lounge, make sure you pick up your ticket for the Global YO Reception, which Dr. Khawaja says is not to be missed. “The reception is actually more of a party held on Sunday evening,” he said. “The DJ last year was awesome and this year's event in Chicago promises more fun times and a great way to meet YOs from around the globe.”
Refer to the Virtual Advance Program for a list of all meeting offerings, including all YO-endorsed events and courses (look for the YO icon). The program also includes registration information. In addition, you can join or start online conversations about the meeting can be joined or initiated in the Academy Online Community.
“The Annual Meeting is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with colleagues,” said David Vollman, MD, MBA, a clinical instructor of ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis School. “Learn the latest medical and surgical management of patients from world-renown experts, and discover how the Academy is supporting our profession from education to advocacy.”
The deadline for early registration is Aug. 8. International attendees are advised to register early and secure a visitor’s visa. If you need to cancel, Sept. 19 is the deadline for refunds.
Come to Chicago and see the state of your future in ophthalmology!
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About the author: Denny Smith is a former editor for EyeNet Magazine.