AAO annual meeting adds government affairs sessions to lineup

September 6, 2005

Plans are being finalized for the next American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting, taking place in Chicago, Oct. 15 to 18.

Plans are being finalized for the next American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) annual meeting, taking place in Chicago, Oct. 15 to 18.

The government affairs division will host a new symposium about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Monday, Oct. 17, 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. The session, “What’s New at the VA: Exciting Opportunities for Ophthalmologists,” covers a wide range of eye-care topics. The meeting is hosted by James C. Orcutt, MD, PhD, chief of ophthalmology, Veteran's Health Administration, and moderated by Mary G. Lawrence, MD, MPH, associate chief of ophthalmology, Minneapolis, Veterans Administration Medical Center. They will provide an inside look at the “new” VA and describe the opportunities available for ophthalmologists.

Other government affairs sessions include a “Surgery by Surgeons Forum,” Sunday, Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; a panel discussion on the FDA’s application and review process, Oct. 16, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.; and a “Children’s Vision Symposium: Politics and Money in Children’s Eye Care,” Oct. 17, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m.

For further details, visit www.aao.org.