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    Leadership Development Program Welcomes Its 20th Class

    The Academy’s Leadership Develop­ment Program (LDP) XIX held its graduation session during AAO 2017 in New Orleans. Concurrently, the Academy’s 20th LDP (LDP XX) class met in an orientation session led by LDP director Linda M. Tsai, MD. Dr. Tsai joined the LDP XX class during a Jan. 12-14 meeting in San Francisco along with participants from the com­plementary leadership program of the Pan-American Association of Ophthal­mology. In addition to visits to Acade­my headquarters to hear from Keith D. Carter, MD, Academy President, and David W. Parke II, MD, Academy CEO, the LDP participants attended 2½ days of interactive sessions on association management and leadership topics.

    Leadership and Advocacy
    LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY. Renee C. Bovelle, MD, LDP XX participant nominated by the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, jots down notes during an LDP session.


    Your Academy’s Year in Review

    Academy leadership, staff, and count­less volunteers work hard to provide you with the best member experience. Find out what the Academy achieved in the last year on all fronts, including advocacy, education, public service, and more. The 2017 Year in Review highlights some of the Academy’s achievements:

    • launched the David E.I. Pyott Glau­coma Education Center on the ONE Network
    • introduced physician wellness re­sources on and at AAO 2017
    • fought for ophthalmology’s best interests in state and federal affairs

    Read about these accomplishments and more at

    Submit Your Research to Ophthalmology

    Ophthalmology, the Academy’s flagship journal, publishes clinical and scientific research. Its unbiased peer-review pro­cess, advancement of innovation and discovery, and promotion of lifelong learning make it the leader in ophthal­mic journals. With an impact factor of 8.2 and a print circulation of 27,000 subscribers, you can reach a larger audience than ever before.

    To submit your research, visit


    The Latest Advances in Retina Delivered Monthly

    Expanding to 12 issues per year in 2018, Ophthalmology Retina gives you access to the growing volume of important clinical advances in both medical and surgical retina. The journal will continue to feature high-impact articles, enabling you to stay on top of the latest devel­opments in retina-focused medical ther­apy, imaging, surgery, technology, and science. Academy members receive a discounted rate of $299 for 12 issues.

    To subscribe, visit

    To submit a paper, visit

    Register for Next Month’s Ophthalmologists Business Summit

    Join us on March 24 and 25 in Dallas for the Academy’s first-ever Ophthal­mologists Business Summit. Developed to help physician leaders overcome key business challenges, the summit addresses a need consistently raised by members for practice management training, especially relating to health care reform, reimbursement issues and electronic health records. Register by Feb. 28 to get a special rate and start planning for a prosperous future.

    Register at

    Order the 2018 Coding Update Webinar Recording

    If you missed last month’s important 2018 Ophthalmology Coding Update webinar, you can order the recording and get up-to-date on this year’s coding changes and audit regulations. This 1-hour webinar covers significant revisions of diagnostic tests and proce­dures, deleted CPT and HCPCS codes, Medicare payment updates impacting ophthalmology, and more.

    For more information, visit


    Join the Academy in Chicago for AAO 2018

    Come to Chicago for AAO 2018 (Oct. 27-30) and Subspecialty Day (Oct. 26-27) to learn about game-changing research, techniques, and technologies. The meeting will be held in conjunc­tion with the Pan-American Associa­tion of Ophthalmology, and it will take place at McCormick Place.

    For more information about AAO 2018, visit

    AAO 2018 Abstract Deadlines: Papers/Posters and Videos

    To present at AAO 2018, you must submit abstracts online. The abstract submitter for papers/posters and videos opens March 8 and closes April 10.

    Find abstract guidelines for videos and paper/posters at

    AAO 2017 Archives

    Visit Meeting Archives to access course handouts, find scientific poster abstracts, watch Videos on Demand, view syllabi from Subspecialty Day, download a list of companies that participated in the exhibition, and more. You can also find listings of Best Original Papers. Additional materials are posted as they become available.

    To check out the archives, visit


    Be Heard! Attend Mid-Year Forum 2018

    The Mid-Year Forum is one of the Academy’s most significant yearly meetings, bringing the ophthalmology community together to imple­ment the highest quality of care for patients through politics, policy, and practice management. Mid-Year Forum 2018 takes place April 18-21 in Washington, D.C., and it is an ideal opportunity to directly advocate for your profession, learn about health care policy changes that will im­pact how you practice, and develop strategies to implement new patient care programs.

    Congressional Advo­cacy Day—meet legis­lators at their place of business. On April 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., attend Academy-facilitated meetings with your members of Congress and their staff to advocate for your patients and the profes­sion of ophthalmology. The Academy will brief you on talking points during dinner on April 18.

    Politics. Policy. Practice management. On April 19 and 20, attend sessions on the changing role of the Veterans Health Administration; the scientific advancements and practice insights of the IRIS Regis­try; private equity and equity transfers; how to handle information overload; drugs in 2018 (access, pricing, and payment); the future of artificial intelligence in ophthalmology; and more.

    Academy Council meeting. Beginning the afternoon of April 20 and continuing through the next day, unite with your colleagues from ophthalmic subspecialty and state societies to discuss issues facing our profession. The Academy Council meeting is also an opportunity to advise the Board of Trustees on what you view as the highest priorities for the Academy.

    Register. Mid-Year Forum 2018 is open to all Academy members, and preregistration is available until April 3 at The registration fee is $225 through March 6 and $325 as of March 7 and onsite, and the fee includes Mid-Year Forum materials and event-specific meals. There is an option to register to participate only in Congressional Advocacy Day for free.