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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 Kropienicki

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 yo@aao.org. 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.