• Keep in mind that slit lamps are all a little different, so familiarize yourself with them at each clinic’s location. Don’t be afraid to ask for help on day 1! Here are some expert tips on what to look for to ensure you are using the instrument correctly.
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    One of the main benefits of being a trainee is that you get to see how other physicians act behind the scenes. You get to learn who you want to emulate. And often, trainees can end up as an amalgam of the mentors they choose. Let’s discuss how to grow relationships with mentors, as well as how mentors can benefit not only your training, but also your wellness and your ability to overcome obstacles in difficult times.
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    Welcome to ophthalmology! We’re here to support you in your discovery as you start your training. We hope you find YO Info Resident Edition to be a helpful preparatory tool and invite you to collaborate with us on bettering your experience as a new young ophthalmologist, which we call a “YO.”
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    Here we highlight resources from the Academy’s ONE® (Ophthalmic News and Education) Network that can help both PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents navigate this period.
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    The Academy offers educational programs, practice management resources and professional development catered to each level of training, from residency and fellowship to early practice and academia.
    We’re all allowed to make mistakes … but it’s also best to avoid them whenever possible! Here are some of the not-so-infrequent “mistaken” diagnoses. As you review, keep in mind that, although ophthalmology is often about pattern recognition, it’s important to think of not just the most likely diagnosis, but also the most dangerous diagnosis you need to rule out with each presentation.
    The Academy’s Congressional Advocacy Day and Mid-Year Forum are two of my favorite meetings of the year. They are such unique events, prompting hundreds of ophthalmologists to meet in Washington, D.C., to advocate for our profession and, most importantly, for our patients.
    There is so much to learn about medicine and ophthalmology, but as you wade through this sea of new information, be careful not to neglect your financial health. The average medical student begins residency with a negative six-figure net worth. Even if you are fortunate enough to be in a better financial position from the get-go, taking the following steps can help build good financial habits for the future and safeguard your finances for your entire medical career.
    There are promising developments toward a more “dropless” cataract surgery. Below are some of the various strategies and therapeutic options you can take advantage of to further enhance the surgical care you provide to your patients while also reducing their medication burden.
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    EyeWiki® (eyewiki.org) is a widely recognized and used destination for ophthalmic information, and one of the most essential educational channels the Academy maintains. I have been involved with the website since its early stages in 2010 and continue to be amazed at where it is today and how it continues to evolve.