AAO 2018 in Chicago
Navigating AAO 2018 meeting offerings — courses, events, exhibit hall and more — can be overwhelming. The Academy and your colleagues on the YO Committee and YO subcommittees are here to help and have developed several events and courses just for you. Review YO endorsed courses by using the AAO 2018 Online Program Search and look for continuing coverage of the meeting in YO Info. Be sure to add these events to your meeting calendar.
Open daily, Saturday, Oct. 27, to Tuesday, Oct. 30
One of your first stops at AAO 2018 should be at the YO Lounge. It provides a casual space for YOs to take a break during the annual meeting and also offers meeting assistance, daily networking "Power Hours" and more.
- Free to all Academy YO Members
- YO ribbon required to access the lounge
Special YO Events
2018 YO Program – The Academy’s annual course for residents and physicians in their first five years of practice
Sunday, Oct. 28
Program Chairs: Jesse L. Berry, MD, Steve M. Christiansen, MD, and Roma P. Patel, MD, MBA
Part 1: Transition from Training
10 a.m. to Noon
Gain insight from experts in the field on how to transition from training into practice. You’ll find out how to get the job you want, make it work and continue to grow your clinical and surgical knowledge. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from the 2018 Academy president, Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS and the 2018 YO Surgical Video Competition winner.
Part 2: Shaping Your Ophthalmic Career
Noon to 2 p.m.
Experts will share pearls on everything you need to launch your career, including key issues like growing your practice, coding, professional relationships, finances and more. You’ll also hear from the Academy’s 2018 Artemis award recipient, Camila Ventura, MD, PhD, who has made significant contributions to research on congenital Zika Syndrome and its ocular manifestations.
New: This year, the YO Program will be part of the AAO 2018 Virtual Meeting that can be watched for free live or viewed online until Jan. 31, 2019.
2018 Global YO Reception
Sunday, Oct. 28 | 9 p.m. to Midnight
Network with YOs from around the world. Pick up your ticket in the YO Lounge before they’re gone.
Other Sessions for YOs
- YO Learning Lounge event: How I started and grew my practice: Solo and Multi-Specialty Ophthalmology
Hall A (Booth 126) | Saturday, Oct. 27 | 4 to 5 p.m.
Program Chairs: James G. Chelnis, MD, and Arvind Saini, MD, MBA
Learn how to get your practice started with participants discussing different practice types.
- Introduction to Cornea and Lens-Based Refractive Surgery for Residents
SYM09 | Sunday, Oct. 28 | 8 to 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the International Society of Refractive Surgery
Program Chairs: Bradley Randleman, MD, and Ronald Krueger, MD
Residents can learn tips and best practices in cornea and lens-based refractive surgery from leaders in the field.
- YOs in International Outreach
Course 234| Sunday, Oct. 28 | 2 to 3 p.m.
Senior Instructors: Anya Gushchin, MD, and S. Grace Prakalapakorn, MD
To successfully address the global eye care needs, today's young ophthalmologists must become involved in global efforts. This course will address examples of training pathways and discuss possibilities for how to make these efforts sustainable.
- YO Symposium: The Future of Ophthalmology Practice for YOs
SYM26 | Sunday, Oct. 28 | 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.
Program Chairs: Janice C. Law, MD, and Purnima S. Patel, MD
Are you equipped to be a 21st-century ophthalmologist in this in this changing business environment? This symposium provides an overview of the changing business landscape for young ophthalmologists (YOs) entering the workforce today.
- Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows
SPE27 | Monday, Oct. 29 | 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.
Program Moderator and Panelists: Chris Albanis, MD, Rebecca C. Dale, MD, Laura K. Green, MD, and Jill Melicher Larson, MD
Residents and fellows will learn about the non-medical aspects of practicing ophthalmology and get their burning questions answered in this interactive forum. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences and highlight various practice options, networking and referrals, advantages/disadvantages of fellowship training and resources to assist them. Learn how membership and active involvement within state ophthalmology societies and the national American Academy of Ophthalmology can benefit you.
The 2018 YO Lounge and YO Program is supported in part by Regeneron.