AAO 2019 in San Francisco
Navigating AAO 2019 meeting offerings – courses, events, exhibit hall and more – can be overwhelming. The Academy and your YO Committee and subcommittee colleagues are here to help and have developed several events and courses just for you.
- Review YO-endorsed courses by using the AAO 2019 Online Program Search. Be sure to add these events to your meeting calendar.
- Look for the AAO 2019 YO Event Guide to finalize your plans.
- Can’t attend AAO 2019? Catch up with YO Info's daily summaries with key pearls from AAO 2019 events for young ophthalmologists.
- For those of you who can't join us in person at the YO Program or YO Sympsoium, join us via the Virtual Meeting. Watch it online at home or in the call room, live during the meeting or recorded – all for free. You can comment or ask questions through our online moderator, as if you were part of our live audience.
YO Member Lounge
Saturday – Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Tuesday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | South, Room 102 | Academy Member Meeting Badge and YO Ribbon required for admission.
One of your first stops at AAO 2019 should be at the YO Lounge. It provides a casual space for YOs to take a break during the annual meeting and also offers daily massage, meeting assistance, daily networking "Power Hours" and more. The YO Lounge is free to all Academy YO Members. Academy Member Meeting Badge and YO Ribbon required for admission.
2019 YO Lounge Power Hours
Saturday, Oct. 12
Sunday, Oct. 13
4-5 p.m. YO ARVO! Navigating a Career as a Clinician Scientist
Participants: Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD; Julia A. Haller, MD; Stephanie Watson, MBBS, PhD; Cecilia S. Lee, MD
Co-sponsored by the Academy’s YO Committee and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Members in Training Committee
- 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Tai Chi With Chai Tea. Learn about Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art practiced for its gentle physical exercise, stretching and meditation.
Monday, Oct. 14
- 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Laughter Yoga. Begin the day with laughter exercises that warm up the mind and body and help generate gentle deepening of mindful awareness.
- 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Meet with Practice Management Experts
Participants: Howard Chen, MD; Hardeep Dhindsa, MD; K. David Epley, MD; Linda Harrison, PhD; Lisa Nijm, MD, JD and Sara Rapuano, MBA, OCS
- 4-5 p.m. Advocacy Ambassador Reunion
Special YO Events
2019 YO Program: The Academy’s annual course for residents and physicians in their first five years of practice
Sunday, Oct. 13 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Moscone South, Room 151
Program Chairs: Jesse L. Berry, MD, Steve M. Christiansen, MD, and Lindsay De Andrade, MD
The YO Program is an essential course for physicians who are starting out their careers. An array of speakers will offer their advice on finding a job, mental health strategy, and a look at ophthalmology on a global level.
Part 1: Job Searching and Career Starting | 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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 2019 Academy president, George Williams, MD and the 2019 YO Surgical Video Competition winner.
Part 2: Wellness and Mental Health | 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Experts will share pearls on everything you need to keep yourself mentally healthy. From dealing with surgical complications to dealing with #LIFE, learn how to recognize when we are struggling and how to get help.
Part 3: Ophthalmology on a Global Level | 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
You’ll hear from the Academy’s 2019 Artemis Award Winner, Marcus Ang, MBBS, PhD who has created free vision care for people across Asia, particularly the elderly in his home country of Singapore. A panel will also discuss the latest technology and medical advances that have been incorporated in ophthalmic practices in different regions of the world.
For those of you who can't join us in person at the YO Program, join us via the Virtual Meeting.
2019 Global YO Reception
Sunday, Oct. 13 | 9 p.m. to Midnight | Location: The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., San Francisco
Supported in part by Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC)
The Global YO Reception is complimentary to all Academy young ophthalmologist members. (Academy YO members are members in training or in their first five years of practice.) Space is limited, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Required for Admission: Academy Member Meeting Badge With YO Ribbon
All attendees are required to show their Academy member meeting badge with the YO ribbon. Remember to pick up your YO ribbon in the Moscone West Lobby.
New This Year: Guest Tickets for Purchase
A limited amount of guest tickets are available for YO members to purchase at the door. Limit one guest per member – ticket price is $50 (no refunds)
Other Sessions for YOs
- YO Learning Lounge event: Wise Ways to Spend Your Money and Time When Starting a Practice
Saturday, Oct. 12 | 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 financial strategies.
- YOs in International Outreach and Training Opportunities
Course 415| Monday, Oct. 14 | 9 to 10 a.m.
Senior Instructor: Anya Gushchin, 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.
- Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows
SPE56 | Monday, Oct. 14 | 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. | Moscone South, Room 155
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. Welcome to the Real World 2019 is supported in part by Allergan.
- YO Symposium: The Millennial Movement: How Gender Equality, Big Data and Technology Will Be Embraced by the Young Ophthalmologist
SYM52 | Tuesday, Oct. 15 | 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. | Moscone South, Esplanade Room
Program Chairs: Janice C. Law, MD, and Arvind Saini, MD, MBA
During this dynamic symposium, speakers will discuss how Millennials will be the driving force that change future treatment paradigms and create new norms for workplace solutions. For those of you who can't join us in person at the YO Symposium, join us via the Virtual Meeting.
The 2019 YO Lounge and YO Program are supported in part by Allergan, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Regeneron.