• AAO 2021 Events Just for YOs

    Join us in November as we re-create the Academy's annual meeting. From highlighting clinical pearls and the latest research, to making new connections and learning new techniques we look forward to bringing our community together, where all of ophthalmology meets®.

    AAO 2021 will be held Friday, Nov. 12 through Monday, Nov. 15.

    Register Now   and start planning your trip. You can switch your registration from in-person to virtual until Oct. 29 without penalty. 

    Download the YO Event Guide (PDF) for details on events tailored just for young ophthalmologists.


    Review YO-endorsed courses by using the AAO 2021 Online Program Search. Be sure to add these events to your meeting calendar.


    New: Vaccination Requirement

    The Academy is committed to your safety at AAO 2021. Therefore, our Board of Trustees has determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all registrants attending the meeting in person in New Orleans.
    See the Health and Safety webpage for more information.

    Attend Special YO Courses and Events

    Friday, Nov. 12 — Opening Session

    5–6:30 p.m. The Great Hall, Morial Convention Center

    We hope you will join us in celebrating the YO Committee and our subcommittees who are being honored with the Academy’s 2021 Special Recognition Award, presented by this year’s president, Tamara R. Fountain, MD during the Opening Session on Friday, Nov. 12.

    YO Lounge 
    Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Room 222, Morial Convention Center
    Academy members in training and members in their first five years in practice can take a break, attend daily "Empower Hours" and enjoy light refreshments. Meeting badge with YO ribbon required for admission.

    Daily YO Lounge Empower Hours
    1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

    Saturday - Academy Resources for Every Stage of YOur Career
    Session lead: Janice C. Law, MD

    Sunday - Practice and Risk Management Pearls for a Successful Career
    Session lead: Arvind Saini, MD, MBA

    Monday - Guardians of the GalaxEYE – Advocacy for Every Stage of YOur Career
    Session lead: Darby M. Miller, MD, MPH 

    YO Program

    The Academy’s annual course for residents and physicians in their first five years of practice.

    Sunday, Nov. 14

    Room 252-254, Morial Convention Center
    Program Chairs: Meron Haile, MD and Viraj J. Mehta, MD, MBA
    YO Program 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.  

    Part 1: Carving Your Path as a Resident and Beyond (9:45–11 a.m.)
    Choose your path as a resident and listen to talks on practice types, negotiating contracts, your online reputation, expanding your surgical experience and much more.  Plus, hear from this year’s president, Tamara R. Fountain, MD.

    Part 2: Wellness: A Practical Guide to Your Rights and Resources (11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.)
    Join the conversation on balancing parenthood, protecting patients, discovering your side gig, and financial wellness. 

    Part 3: Why Representation Matters: A New Era of Equity (2–3:15 p.m.)
    Be inspired and meet the winners of the 2020 and 2021 Artemis award selected for their outstanding service, as well as your colleagues discussing the the LGBTQ community, health care disparities, and Increasing diversity in clinical trials. Also hear the NEI big man himself, Michael Chiang, MD.

    The 2021 YO Lounge and YO Program is supported in part by Allergan.

    YO Symposia

    Saturday, Nov. 13

    SYM12 | 3:45–5 p.m.

    Mentoring in Ophthalmology
    It is a known fact that behind every successful professional is a team of mentors or a board of trustees. This symposium will compare the roles of mentoring, coaching, advising and sponsoring. Ophthalmology has always depended on the products of mentoring and especially having diversity among mentors and mentees. We will dive deeper into best practices for successful relationships and the entity of reverse mentoring to benefit mentors of all career stages.

    Monday, Nov. 15

    SYM34 | 8–9:15 a.m.
    Self-reflection at Any Stage of Your Career — Things I Would Tell My Younger Self
    Pairs of senior and young ophthalmologists will discuss a variety of challenges and opportunities faced in medicine including obtaining work-life balance, ensuring wellness, making efforts to break through the glass ceiling, diversifying the leadership ranks, and developing successful relationships with mentors.  

    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 YO panel discussion around practice management pearls and how active participation in organized medicine can be a unique benefit for your career.  
    2021 Welcome to the Real World of Ophthalmology is supported in part by Allergan and Omeros.

    Learning Lounge Events just for YOs

    Sunday, Nov. 14

    LL19 | 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Hall C, Booth 600
    Contract Negotiation and Getting What You Want

    Learn from the best of best on contracts, finances, and aiming for what you really want as you launch your career.

    Monday, Nov. 15

    LL27 | 2–3 p.m.
    Hall C, Booth 600
    Building Global Ophthalmology into Your Career
    International ophthalmology continues to grow and become a full time focus for many physicians. Learn how you can take your career to this next level.

    For current timelines, please visit AAO 2021 Online Program Search.

    Socialize With Colleagues and Fellow YOs

    Orbital Gala Masquerade

    Sunday, Nov. 14 | 6–8 p.m.
    House of Blues, New Orleans

    The Orbital Gala has been reimagined into an intimate, exclusive and masquerade-themed cocktail party with a full bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The shorter time format gives you the flexibility to enjoy time with with friends and colleagues and sample the flavors of New Orleans. Celebrate our guest of honor, David Noonan, bid on auction items including Conversations with Legendsand more.

    2021 Global YO Reception

    Meeting badge with YO ribbon required for admission. Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees.
    Sunday, Nov. 14 | 9 p.m.–midnight 
    Republic NOLA (828 South Peters St., New Orleans)

    The Global YO Reception is back! Following the Orbital Gala Masquerade, join colleagues for a night to remember in New Orleans. Reception is complimentary for all Academy YO members.

    The 2021 Global YO Reception is supported in part by the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC).