You’ve gotten a couple years of practice under your belt, but you’re still early in your career. What should you focus on at AAO 2016 in Chicago? Glaucoma specialist Lindsay Rhodes, MD, says she looks for courses for the “core diseases” she usually treats. Here are her tips for a successful meeting.
AAO 2016, Oct. 15 to 18, is held in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
Name: Lindsay Rhodes
Where you practice/train: University of Alabama at Birmingham
First Academy annual meeting (year): 2010
What’s your favorite story from last year’s annual meeting? The best part of last year was the location with so many great restaurants and shows to see with old friends from residency!
What AAO 2016 advice would you give to another young ophthalmologist who’s in their third to fifth year of practice? Now that I have been in practice a few years, I feel like there are about 5-10 eye diseases that I routinely see. I think I could strengthen my clinical practice and truly provide the best care to my patients if I try to attend AAO courses related to those core diseases.
What’s on your must-attend list for AAO 2016? I always love attending the YO Program and my residency alumni reception.
What do you plan to do more of at this year’s meeting? I would like to attend more of the cataract complication courses.
What’s on your must-have pack list for the meeting? Business cards! And I pack snacks and water in my bag when I go to the meeting because it's often a long walk to the nearest concession stand.