• Advocacy Ambassadors Share Mid-Year Forum Experiences

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    What kind of wine pairs well with advocacy? Any of them, as long as it comes with friends and positive experiences.

    YOs from the 2019 Advocacy Ambassador Program who reunited at the YO Lounge Power Hour event shared both wine and personal reflections on their time at the Mid-Year Forum 2019.

    Paul Phelps, MD, and Peter Karth, MD, led the event, and advocacy ambassadors from across the country caught up on their experiences with advocacy and state societies since the April forum.

    Andrew Pouw, MD, a glaucoma fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute, described being “gun shy about advocacy” until he got involved with the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians as a resident and learned that doctors at all levels of training are needed as advocates for the profession.

    Michelle Falcone, MD, a resident at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, shared her experiences not only with ophthalmologists, but with the American Medical Association. As a medical student, she “wrote a resolution and got shot down,” but said, “It was the best thing that happened to me because I found mentors for life.”

    YOs from across the country had a great time learning about the importance of advocacy in ophthalmology and in medicine overall. They enjoyed hors d’ouevres and drinks, while reuniting and catching up about careers and life.

    The ending highlight of the event was the drawing for YO bingo with prizes such as cash, gift cards and coffee. What a perfect afternoon ending to a great Monday at AAO 2019!