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    AAO 2017: New solutions, New inspirations, New Orleans

    Annual meeting returns to ‘Big Easy’ with cutting-edge clinical education

    The focus for this year’s meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 11, through Tuesday, Nov. 14, will center on the theme of “new,” emphasizing the novel, late-breaking, cutting-edge courses, events, and ideas that will be presented, said Maria M. Aaron, MD, secretary for the annual meeting.

    “Out of more than 450 instruction courses (including 100 practice management courses), 100 hours of free programming, and seven Subspecialty Day meetings, there’s something new for everyone—new techniques, research, technologies, strategies, therapies, and even new friends and connections,” Dr. Aaron said.

    “New” also ties into the host city—New Orleans—which has experienced a renaissance over the past several years. With an influx of new residents and businesses, it continues to be one of America’s most exciting cities, she said.

    “In the past year, New Orleans has earned recognition for its outstanding restaurants and the National WWII Museum from Condé Nast Traveler, TripAdvisor, and Travel+Leisure,” Dr. Aaron said.

    With many hot topics at this year’s meeting, she predicted that those of particular interest will include drop-free cataract surgery, crosslinking (now approved by the FDA), refractive topography, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, and optical coherence tomography angiography.

    Here are some highlights that attendees can expect at the meeting.

    The AAO adds new courses and events to the meeting every year, Dr. Aaron said.

    Saturday will especially see many changes this year, including the addition of an International Council of Ophthalmology conference for ophthalmic educators, coding sessions, American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives practice management master classes, two Academy Café sessions, and six symposia.

    Skills transfer labs will start on Saturday for the first time, as well, she said.

    There will be 111 new sessions offered this year. Among those that Dr. Aaron predicts will be especially popular include:

    • Sutureless Scleral Buckling: A Hands-On Practicum (LAB100), Course director: Christina Y. Weng, MD, MBA, Saturday, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

    • A Typical Day in the Operating Room of a Pediatric Ophthalmologist: Adjustable Sutures for Strabismus Surgery (LAB102), Course director: Jasleen K. Singh, MD, Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

    • Small-Incision Lenticule Extraction: Step-by-Step Transitioning (222), Senior instructor: Arturo J. Ramirez-Miranda, MD, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    • OCT and OCT Angiography in Glaucoma: Pearls and Pitfalls in Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Management of the Disease (425), Senior instructor: Ahmet Akman, MD, Monday, 9-11:15 a.m.

    • Echographic Interpretation of Vitreoretinal Disorders: What a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Should Know (462), Cagri G. Besirli, MD, Monday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    • Ophthalmic Viscosurgical Devices in Cataract Surgery and Complication Management (497), Senior instructor: Steve A. Arshinoff, MD, Monday, 2-3 p.m.

    • Lean Flow Simulation for Solo and Small Practices: Creating a Differentiated Patient Experience (230), Senior instructor: Aneesh Suneja, Sunday, 2-3 p.m.

    • How the IRIS Registry Helps You Participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) (260), Senior instructor: Rebecca Hancock, Sunday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

    • Physician Wellness: Lotte N. Dyrbye, MD, will talk about “Physician Burnout: Prevalence, Drivers, Consequences, and Mitigating Strategies” and Michael D. Lumpkin, MD, will discuss “Stress and Mindfulness: Harnessing Them for Wellness.” Chairs: Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, and Florentino E. Palmon, MD. Monday, 8:30-10 a.m.


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