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  • YOs Step It Up in Dance Off Contest

    Nearly 200 young ophthalmologists attended the Global YO Reception at AAO 2020 Virtual, hosted by the Academy’s Young Ophthalmologist Committee. Members from the committee and subcommittees such as YO Committee Chair Janice C. Law, MD; Evan Silverstein, MD; and Andrea Tooley, MD were the official evening hosts.

    The master of ceremonies and virtual DJ, Greg Gioia spun top 40, including some eye-related songs and played song requests. Prizes were given out for best dressed and best vibe, plus all enjoyed a scavenger hunt and drink demos by senior leaders in ophthalmology. The event was supported in part by the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC), which has been a longtime supporter of Academy YOs.

    Winners were also chosen for the YO Dance Off and social media challenge.

    See a slide show of the Best Social Media Photo winners and our personal favorites.

    First-Place Winners

    Brown University's Division of Ophthalmology captured first place in the YO Dance Off with their member's energetic steps to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger."

    Prism Bar Drummer: Tatiana Bakaeva, MD, neuro-ophthalmology department head
    Indirect and penlight holder: Viren Rana, MD, PGY2 ophthalmology resident
    Maddox rod holder: Taygan Yilmaz, MPH, COA, Brown ophthalmology residency clinic manager 
    Autorefraction camera holder: Sharon Wallack, ophthalmic assistant

    Second-Place Winners

    Andrea Yonge, MD, Victoria Tseng, MD, Greg Budoff, MD and Justin Karlin, MD, from UCLA's Jules Stein Eye Institute put their moves to good use in the operating room with David Bowie and Queen’s “Under Pressure.”

    Third-Place Winner

    Katherine Hu, MD, from the Moran Eye Center, placed third in the Dance Off competition during AAO 2020 Virtual. Dr. Hu puts her choreography to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."