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June 2013

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).

Coding Q&A — Your Questions Answered, Part 2
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives has lately received a host of interesting questions about different coding-related matters. Below is a second installment of the standouts.

Practice Management
Secrets of Financial Success for Young Ophthalmologists
Imagine you have just finished residency and are starting your medical career. You may feel relieved to finally have those years of schooling and training behind you. But then reality sets in, and you wonder how you are going to deal with the medical school debt that you’ve accrued. How can a young physician balance the financial stresses of overwhelming medical school debt with buying a first home, saving for retirement, buying a new car and, at the same time, enjoying life? Let’s approach this question with a specific plan of action and some principles that can help any young physician.

Doctors in Dialogue: The Resident-Fellow Relationship

Ophthalmology fellowships serve a unique role in the hierarchy of learning and teaching. Previously YO Info covered whether pursuing fellowship is right for residents. Now, turn that question around: “As a resident, do I want a fellow?” How residents and fellows interact surfaces frequently in medical student interviews, perhaps as a courtesy question or a genuine inquiry into the educational process for a specific department. Though the pros and cons depend on perspective, a review of the evidence shows that fellowships undoubtedly can enhance the reputation of a program and the education of its residents.

How to Write Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
One of the more valuable, if not overlooked, elements of resident education is the intellectual challenge associated with critically evaluating published research. Typically, peer-reviewed journal articles center on evidence-based clinical ophthalmology that has been screened for errors in method, misuse of statistical analysis and overgeneralization of results. And the more that residents are a part of this process — actively participating in expressing critiques, offering alternating opinions and correcting colleagues — the better they will be equipped to engage in the larger professional conversation and thus advance the field of ophthalmology.

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

News in Brief

YOs Travel to Nepal for Two-Week Medical Mission
Young ophthalmologists from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary traveled to Nepal last month to provide free eye screenings, surgeries and other help in a remote part of the mountainous country. The team included Sanjay Kehar, MD, a member of the Academy's YO International Subcommittee and Travis Jenkins, MD, who wrote about Hurricane Sandy's impact on NYEE. The team treated roughly 1,000 villagers in the course of their trip. View photos from the trip and read about their time in Nepal.

Nominations for New Retina-Fellow Award Due July 15
Two deserving retina fellows will receive educational and travel funding to attend the 2013 Annual Meeting, through a new memorial award offered by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Friends and family established the Sunil K. Rao, MD Memorial Retina Fellowship Award in honor of Dr. Rao, who died last year at age 34. Submit nominations by July 15.

2013 YO Info Resident Edition Now Available
Designed especially for incoming residents, this special, expanded edition of YO Info covers everything from what to put in your call bag to key ophthalmic abbreviations, a guide to different eyedrops, top resources for OKAP study and much more. View the 2013 resident edition.

June 18 Call Offers Compounding Legislation Update
Get the latest on federal legislation that could restrict access to compounded products like Avastin in the Academy's June 18 conference call. Senate legislation intended to tighten regulations on compounding pharmacies, including restrictions on office use of compounded products, will likely go to a full vote in July. Academy physician leaders and staff will provide an update on the status of the legislation and insights from conversations with senators during a conference call on June 18 at 8 p.m. EDT. To join the call, dial 877.210.9525. When prompted, enter the confirmation ID number: 87882912. Learn more (Academy login required).

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