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Young Ophthalmologists
2014 Young Ophthalmologist Program: It's YO World - Jumpstart YOur Career

Supported in part by Allergan_130x19[1]
Sunday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
McCormick Place, Room S101AB
Included in the Academy Plus Course Pass

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Young ophthalmologists (YOs) face a unique set of challenges in their transition from training to practice. Here, members of the YO Committee along with leading consultants and experts, present an interactive, panel-based program addressing topics vital to residents, fellows and YOs in their first few years of practice. This year's high-energy and engaging program will cover key issues such as practice type selection, job searching, contract negotiation, practice building, dealing with medical errors, management of medical-legal issues and personal finance.

Topics and Speakers

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

Introduction by YO Program co-chairs Purnima S. Patel, MD, and Jeff H. Pettey, MD

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

10:05 - 10:10 a.m. | Top 10: Don't leave residency without these!
Presenter: Natasha Herz, MD

10:10 - 10:30 a.m. | Practice-type panel: What's right for me?
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Vikas Chopra, MD; Natasha Herz, MD; Barry Lee, MD; Nikolas London, MD; David Vollman, MD, MBA

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. | Job-search panel: Finding your dream job... "The Future ain't what it used to be" - Yogi Berra
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Don D'Amico, MD; Brian Chan-Kai, MD; Ruth Williams, MD; Elizabeth Yeu, MD

10:50 - 11:05 a.m. | 2014 president's address by Greg Skuta, MD, and the Artemis Award recognition

11:05 - 11:15 a.m. | Contract negotiation
Presenter: Mark Kropiewnicki

11:15 – 11:35 a.m. | Contract-negotiation panel: Striking the right deal
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Don D'Amico, MD; Brian Chan-Kai, MD; Mark Kropienicki; Ruth Williams, MD; Elizabeth Yeu, MD

Lunchtime Session: 11:35 a.m. - 12: 40 p.m.

11:45 - 11:55 a.m. | Academy resources
Presenter: Purnima Patel, MD

11:50 - 12:05 a.m. | What's all the Twitter? Social media in medicine
Presenter: Rob Melendez, MD, MBA

12:05 - 12:10 p.m. | International opportunities: Five tips to change YO world
Presenter: Jeff Pettey, MD

12:10 - 12:25 p.m. | Dealing with medical errors: What to do when you're in hot water
Presenter: Andy Lauer, MD

12:25 - 12:40 p.m. | OMIC medical malpractice cases
Presenter: Denise Chamblee, MD

YOs 1-5 Program: 12:40 - 2 p.m.

12:40 – 12:50 p.m. | Advocacy panel: If you're not at the table, you're on the menu ... It's YO future!
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Sidney Gicheru, MD; Janice Law, MD; Diana Shiba, MD; Loretta Stein, MD

12:50 – 1 p.m. | Marketing essentials: Building YO brand
Presenter: Randall V. Wong, MD

1 – 1:20 p.m. | Practice-building panel: Finding the right building blocks
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Anthony Aldave, MD; Rahul Khurana, MD; Michael Parshall; Debra Phairas

1:20 - 1:30 p.m. | Personal finance: Dollars and sense
Presenter: Justin Nabity

1:30 - 1:50 p.m. | Personal-finance panel: Carpe per diem, seize the check - Planning from the experts
Moderator: Bill Lloyd, MD
Panelists: Ravi Goel, MD; Tom Harbin, MD; Robert Landau; Justin Nabity

1:50 – 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.

2013 YO Program - New Orleans Listen now to information about AAOE resources, advocacy and coding from last year's YO Program in New Orleans.