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Young Ophthalmologists
2013 Young Ophthalmologist Program: It's YO World - Jumpstart YOur Career

Supported in part by Allergan_130x19[1]
Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 252-254
Included in the Academy Plus Course Pass

Download the 2013 YO Program Guide (PDF 9MB)

WEB 2012 YO Program audience 1Young ophthalmologists (YOs) face a unique set of demands in their transition from training to practice. It's a challenging world, but it's "YO" world – so join your YO colleagues and make the most of it. Not sure how? Attend the fast-paced, interactive 2013 YO Program to learn about the key issues that affect YOs today. Choose your track – members-in-training, YOs in one to five years of practice, or both. From contract negotiation to coding, to marketing and choosing your practice type, your YO Committee and expert consultants have got you covered. Gain confidence, jump start your career and take control of your future now!

Topics and Speakers

10 a.m. – Welcome by YO Committee Chair Rob Melendez, MD, MBA

Introduction of program by YO Committee members Eliza Hoskins, MD, and Purnima S. Patel, MD

Members-in-Training Program: 10:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.: Choosing a subspecialty panel

Rock Star Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Maria Aaron, MD; Craig J. Chaya, MD; Azadeh Khatibi, MD; and Aaron Miller, MD

10:20 - 10:30 a.m.: The ABCs of CPT and ICD: Coding basics

Presenter: Grant Morshedi, MD

10:30 - 10:40 a.m.: Rock it! OKAP and board prep and resources

Presenter: Janice Law, MD

10:40 - 10:50 a.m.: 2013 president's address by Paul Sternberg Jr., MD

10:50 - 11:05 a.m.: Let's make a deal: Negotiating your first contract

Presenter: Larry Geller

11:05 - 11:15 a.m.: Staying out of hot water: Avoiding medical legal issues

Presenter: Ron Pelton, MD

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.: Practice type panel

Rock Star Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Vikas Chopra, MD; Ajit Nemi, MD, MBA; Rajiv Rathod, MD, MBA; Gary Schwartz, MD; Edward Sweet, MD

11: 30 – 11:40 a.m.: Questions and get lunch

Lunchtime Session: 11:40 am - 12: 20 p.m.

WEB 2012 YO Program Melendez 2 11:40 - 11:50 a.m.: You are what you market: Marketing 101

Presenter: Randall Wong, MD

11:50 - 11:55 a.m.: What's all the Twitter? Using social media to build your practice

Presenter: Andy Doan, MD, PhD

11:55 - Noon: Eyes wide open: Your future in ophthalmology

Presenter: Diana Shiba, MD

Noon - 12:05 p.m.: At your fingertips: Academy resources

Presenter: Rob Melendez, MD, MBA

12:05 - 12:10 p.m.: Don't leave training without it: The list

Presenter: Christian Hester, MD

12:10 - 12:15 p.m.: Get packing: International opportunities for YOs

Presenter: Jeff Pettey, MD

12:15 - 12:20 p.m.: Questions

YOs 1-5 Program: 12:20 - 2 p.m.

12:20 - 12:35 p.m.: Ironing out the details: Considerations when signing your contract

Presenter: Michael Parshall

12:35 – 12:50 p.m.: Dollars and cents panel: Buying-in/reimbursement schemes/revenue sharing

Rock Star Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Keith Carter, MD; Brad Feldman, MD; Natasha Herz, MD; and Diana Shiba, MD

12:50 - 12:55 p.m.: Questions

12:55 – 1:10 p.m.: Dollars and sense: Financial planning

Presenter: Derek Preece, MBA

1:10 – 1:25 p.m.: Coding pearls

Presenter: Sue Vicchrilli

1:25 – 1:30 p.m.: Pain in the neck: Ergonomics in ophthalmology

Presenter: Meher Yepremyan, MD

1:30 – 1:40 p.m.: When VIT hits the fan: Surviving your surgical and medical errors

Presenter: Thomas Oetting, MS, MD

1:40 – 1:55 p.m.: Panel discussion: How to be a great team player?

Rock Star Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Eliza Hoskins, MD; Jim Tsai, MD; Ruth Williams, MD

1:55 – 2 p.m.: Questions and closing remarks

Who Should Attend

  • Residents
  • Ophthalmologists transitioning from training to practice
  • New-to-practice ophthalmologists
  • Those seeking to learn more about the Academy’s educational resources

Course Objectives

  • Get advice from the experts on coding, insurance, contracts and more.
  • Find out which practice type is best for you.
  • Access valuable resources specifically for young ophthalmologists.
  • Meet other young ophthalmologists facing similar challenges.

Previous Attendees' Feedback

WEB 2012 YO Program AAO president

"The YO Program was packed with practical, real-world information that is essential to practicing medicine, but often neglected in residency training. Topics ranged from coding nuances to a lawyer's perspective on contract negotiation. One of the best parts of the day was the physician panel that offered perspectives on getting a first job. The well-selected group ranged from a career academician to a physician who changed practices after only a few years, and they all provided great insight. I would definitely attend again."
Christopher T. Hood, MD - Cleveland, Ohio

"The YO Program provided exposure to a diverse set of topics, from getting involved in international missions to coding in your clinic on a daily basis. The program also outlined the resources that the Academy has available for YOs, like the opportunity for continuing education via the ONE Network on the Academy's website. I would recommend the program to any resident looking to learn more about the professional network and resources that the Academy has to offer."
David Vollman, MD, MBA - St. Louis, Mo.

Have you attended a YO Program at the Annual Meeting? We’d like to hear how participation in the program has helped you successfully navigate your first years in practice. Email your comments to Feedback received may be shared with your colleagues on the Academy website and in other communications.

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