AAO 2019 in San Francisco
Navigating AAO 2019 meeting offerings — courses, events, exhibit halls and more — can be overwhelming. The Academy and your colleagues on the SO Committee are here to help and have developed several events and sessions just for you.
Free: Senior Ophthalmologist Special Program and Reception
Monday, Oct. 14 | 2:30 to 4 p.m. / Reception 4 to 5 p.m.
Moscone South, Room 151
As is our tradition, the SO Special Program highlights our dynamic host city. This year, we will showcase the new Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye in our discussions and presentations. The program concludes with the presentation of the 2019 EnergEYES Award and a reception for all to enjoy. This year's reception will be hosted by the American Academy of Ophthlamology Foundation. Bring your guests to this entertaining annual event.
SO Member Lounge
Open Saturday, Oct. 12 – Monday, Oct. 13: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Tuesday, Oct. 15: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. | South, Room 103
One of your first stops at AAO 2019 should be at the SO Lounge. Not only does it provide casual space for SOs to take a break during the annual meeting, but it also offers meeting assistance, networking events, and more. Free to all Academy SO Members (active, life and retired). Academy Member Meeting Badge and SO ribbon required to access the lounge.
Network with the Experts in the SO Lounge
Daily round-table discussions for members will be moderated on a variety of practice transition topics in the SO Lounge. Make sure you add one of these networking opportunities to your busy meeting schedule during AAO 2019 -
Saturday, October 12
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Exit and Non-Exit Strategies - Moderator: Samuel Masket, MD
Discuss ophthalmology practice exit and non-exit strategies with your peers.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Private Equity - Moderator: Thomas S. Harbin, MD, MBA
Discuss the basics of private equity buyouts and the implications for physicians in practice.
Sunday, October 13
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Transitions in Practice: Slowing Down and Its Implications - Moderator: Paul N. Orloff, MD
Ophthalmologists don't just close the office and walk away. Slowing down, however, requires planning and overcoming a host of psychological obstacles. Discuss among peers how to slow down, but not retire.
More SO Events during AAO 2019
Monday, October 14
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Transitioning from Practice: Choosing Your Path - Moderator: Harry A. Zink, MD
Join a discussion on financial, structural, and emotional aspects of part time practice, stopping surgery, and full-time retirement.
Free: Marketing 101: Kickstart Your Website, Social Media and Blog (SPE34)
Saturday, Oct. 12 | 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | Moscone South, Room 201
Instructor: Randy Wong, MD
This course offers an overview of marketing strategy based on blogging, publishing and sharing your ideas on the Internet. The instructor provides hands-on, step-by-step instruction in the construction of your Internet blog and explains how to publish articles and use the power of search engines to attract people to your practice, website or business.
SO Committee Symposium: Technology Update for Seniors (SYM36)
Monday, Oct. 14 | 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. | Moscone West, Room 3020
Program Chairs: Thomas Harbin, MD, MBA and Susan H. Day, MD
The pace of advancements in technology can overwhelm any practicing ophthalmologist, but especially senior ophthalmologists who were not exposed to these advances in their youth or training. This symposium takes advantage of the meeting’s location in San Francisco to bring four speakers who will provide updates in several areas, including website improvement, social media, privacy and identity protection, current gadgets, gene therapy, neuro tech and the impact of technological advances on health care and ophthalmology.
SO Learning Lounge event — Ergonomics is Everything
Monday, Oct. 15 |11 a.m. to Noon
Senior Facilitators: Samuel Masket, MD and John Stechschulte, MD
Panelists: Ruth Williams MD; Chris Riemann MD; Deepinder Dhaliwal MD; and Steven Safran MD
Listen to experts discuss ergonomics for all ophthalmologists.
Joint Symposium: Management of Ocular Diseases in Patients with Dementia: A Case-Based Approach (SYM43)
Monday, Oct. 14 | 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Moscone West, Room 3014
Jointly sponsored by the Academy's SO Committee, Committee on Aging and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society / NANOS
Program Chairs: Jean Ramsey, MD, MPH; Simon Law, MD, and Prem Subramanian, MD, PhD
This symposium is designed to review cases demonstrating the neuro-ophthalmic findings of the most common dementias to help the ophthalmologist recognize these conditions, differentiate them and refer appropriately. The unique ophthalmological care requirements, challenges and therapeutic options will be discussed.
2019 Orbital Gala at the Palace Hotel
Join us for a delightful evening of lights, cameras and action at this year's Hollywood-themed Orbital Gala on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the iconic Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This year's honoree is renowned educator, clinician and transformative leader, Bruce E. Spivey, MD. Purchase your tickets and make a tribute gift today.