• AAO 2022 will be held in Chicago Friday, Sept. 30, through Monday, Oct. 3. The Academy is once again offering in-person and virtual options for AAO 2022. When you register for an in-person meeting in Chicago you automatically gain access to the corresponding virtual content for that meeting.

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    Download the complete schedule of Events Just for YOs (PDF).

    Health and Safety

    The Academy is committed to the health and well-being of all our meeting attendees and participants. The Academy Board of Trustees has determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all those attending the Academy’s annual meeting in Chicago. Due to the fluidity of the current situation, additional specific safety protocols for AAO 2022 may be announced closer to the meeting.

    Learn more at aao.org/health-safety.

    Special YO Courses and Events in Chicago

    YO Lounge
    Open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Room N426B, McCormick Place
    Medical students, members in training, and members in their first five years in practice can take a break, attend daily events, and enjoy light refreshments in the YO Lounge. Meeting badge with YO ribbon required for admission for members in training and in their first five years of practice. Medical student members need their Academy badge for admission.
    The 2022 YO Lounge is supported in part by Allergan, an AbbVie company.

    Check out these awesome events held each day in the YO Lounge:

    Saturday, Oct. 1
    1 to 2 p.m.
    Empower Hour — Academy Resources for Every Stage of Your Career
    New members are encouraged to attend this lunchtime session and learn everything essential for navigating the Academy.

    4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Happy Hour — Advocacy Ambassador Reunion
    Reunite and network with fellow Advocacy Ambassador Program alumni and learn about those who have been engaged at the state and federal levels.




    Sunday, Oct. 2
    8 to 9 a.m.
    Morning Wellness — Hip Hop and Breakfast box
    Begin your day by strengthening your mind and body with Hip Hop and exercise.

    1 to 2 p.m.
    Empower Hour – Love at First Sight: The Subspecialty Dating Game
    Are you still searching for that perfect subspecialty? Attend this lunchtime session and discover the subspecialty you’ve been waiting for.

    4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Happy Hour – Welcoming International YOs
    Welcoming our International YO members to Chicago! Network with colleagues and learn about the latest efforts the Academy is making around the globe.

    Monday, Oct. 3
    1 to 2 p.m.
    Empower Hour – YO ARVO! Navigating a Career as a Clinician Scientist
    Clinician scientists share pearls on what is beneficial for YOs who may be pursuing a career in research. Gain tips on finding and applying for grants, plus much more. Cosponsored by the Academy’s YO Committee and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Members in Training Committee.

    YO Courses

    Saturday, Oct. 1
    SYM68 | 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.
    Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology: Reality 101 for Residents and Fellows
    Join an interactive panel discussion around practice management pearls and how active participation in organized medicine can be a unique benefit for your career.
    Moderator:  Philip R. Rizzuto, MD. FACS
    Panelists:    Mary T. Champion, MD; Jeremy D. Clark, MD; Jennifer C. Larson, MD
    2022 Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology is supported in part by Allergan, an AbbVie company.

    Sunday, Oct. 2
    2022 YO Program

    The Academy’s annual course for medical students, residents, fellowship trainees, and physicians in their first five years of practice!

    Program Chairs: Viraj J. Mehta, MD, MBA and Andrea Tooley, MD
    YO Committee Chair, Janice C. Law, MD

    The YO Program is an essential LIVE three-part course for physicians who are starting out in their careers. An array of speakers will offer their advice on finding a job, contract negotiation, finance, wellness, diversity and building your surgical skills.
    The 2022 YO Program is supported in part by Allergan, an AbbVie company. 

    Global Ophthalmology - Flipping the Lens: The Host Experience
    LL19 | Location: Learning Lounge | 3:30-4:30 p.m.
    Moderators: Ashlie Bernhisel, MD and Simon Fung, MD
    Head over to the Learning lounge and listen to experts from India and Africa discuss Global Ophthalmology.

    Monday, Oct. 3

    Q&A With Practice Management Experts - Answers to Questions You Didn’t Even Know You Should Ask
    LL22 | Location: Learning Lounge | 10-11 a.m.
    Moderators: Arvind Saini, MD, and Evan Sliverstein, MD
    This Learning lounge session will cover all the tips you need to know about starting practice. 

    Keeping the Passion Alive! Not Just a 'Day Job'
    SYM50 | 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
    Program Chairs: Cristos Ifantides, MD, MBA and Meron Haile, MD
    Staying engaged and passionate about work throughout one’s career is incredibly important for optimizing both patient care and self-care. This symposium will serve to teach YOs and all ophthalmologists how they can keep their professional skills fresh and use their skills to play their part in helping advance ophthalmology for all ophthalmologists regardless of their practice environment.

    Socialize With Fellow YOs

    Orbital Gala
    Sunday, Oct. 2 | 6-9 p.m.
    Location: Adler Planetarium, Chicago

    2022 Global YO Reception  
    Sunday, Oct. 2 | 9 p.m. to Midnight 
    Location: Sound-Bar: 226 W. Ontario St. Chicago
    FREE for Academy YO Members
    Join YO colleagues for a night to remember in Chicago. Meeting badge with YO ribbon required for admission for members in training and in their first five years of practice. Medical student members need their Academy badge for admission. 

    The 2022 Global YO Reception is supported in part by the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC). 


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