JUN 01, 2016
Dr. Rubenstein's Top 10 Highlights
This year’s meeting marks my final year as secretary for the annual meeting, so I want to share with you my top 10 highlights from the past five years:
- Entertaining you at the start of each year’s Opening Session. My favorite years were my first year in Orlando in 2011, when my son Danny and I put on a short Harry Potter skit, and this past year in Las Vegas, when we did our Elvis impersonations.
- Seeing the Learning Lounge take shape from concept to reality. This intimate learning environment is perfectly suited for small-group discussions.
- Meeting colleagues and friends from around the world who shape my passion for the profession.
- Visiting the exhibition hall to see the latest instruments and get ideas for new techniques and treatments.
- Being course director for the Toric Alignment Imaging and Astigmatism Surgery skills transfer lab, where I’ve watched participants learn and master new techniques.
- Moderating Breakfast With the Experts roundtable discussions, where I’ve not only shared my knowledge but also learned from others at the table.
- Watching the Mobile Meeting Guide evolve into a user-friendly and indispensable tool to use during the meeting.
- Seeing the success of the Academy Plus course pass, which lets attendees attend and float amongst a wide variety of clinical courses.
- Pushing for innovation and introducing the latest concepts and surgical treatments in ophthalmology.
- Introducing new named lectures such as the Michael F. Marmor MD Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts and the Bruce E. Spivey, MD Lecture in Risk Management and Patient Safety; and new symposia that address diverse topics such as Gulf War injuries and Ebola and the eye.
AAO 2016 will also offer boundless opportunities to discover innovative solutions and techniques. I look forward to welcoming you back to Chicago for another exciting annual meeting.