"The positive feedback we got convinced me we were offering something truly unique and extraordinarily educational," said Dr. Osher, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, medical director emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, and editor of the Video Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Planning is in full swing now for the second year of the course, set for Jan. 19 to 22, 2012, at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, FL. Due to last year's success, the course's floor plans have been adjusted to accommodate 425 physicians, 100 more than attended last year.
The actual meeting does not have company presentations (except sponsored breakfasts and lunches) and there are no CME credits offered, freeing the presenters to share their experiences and opinions in a no-holds-barred way.
"The faculty is totally committed to providing relevant education," Dr. Osher said. "We have talked all year about ways to make it even better. We are not resting on our laurels."
Dr. Osher said that the top-notch faculty—"the most experienced in the world," he calls it— is what really sets the course apart.
Returning from last year:
• Richard Mackool, MD, medical director of the Mackool Eye Institute and Laser Center in Astoria, NY, will offer an updated version of his popular symposium from last year, "What the Hell Just Happened?"
• Ike Ahmed, MD, assistant professor at the University of Toronto and clinical assistant professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, will give his frank appraisal of new surgical devices. He also will give what Dr. Osher described as the "first symposium ever on minimally invasive glaucoma surgery for the cataract surgeon."
• Warren Hill, MD, in private practice at East Valley Ophthalmology in Mesa, AZ, and an expert in IOLs, will present "What Went Wrong? Biometry & IOL Selection Misadventures."
• Michael Snyder, MD, voluntary assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, and in private practice at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, will share his experience with managing complicated cases. He also will again present a tutorial on iris reconstruction that Dr. Osher called "a real highlight" of the inaugural meeting.
New this year is David Chang, MD, clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, and in private practice in Los Altos, CA. Dr. Chang, who Dr. Osher called "one of the world's greatest educators," will direct "Oops! What To Do Now?" and share his expertise in vitrectomy.
Also, Lisa Arbisser, MD, who directs the vitrectomy course for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, will share her expertise on the topic and Robert Weinstock, MD, will present a 3-D video symposium.