Joint event to feature plenty of symposia, practice management programs, product innovations
Mix art and science together and what do you get? The theme for the 2018 meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), which is being held in conjunction with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO). The combined event convenes Saturday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Chicago, and is officially themed “Art + Science.”
The theme was chosen because it connects to both Chicago and ophthalmology, said Maria M. Aaron, MD, secretary for the annual meeting. Chicago has a long history of art, showcasing the Bean sculpture and the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as science, featuring the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, she noted.
“And while ophthalmology is obviously a science, it’s the art that differentiates the virtuosos from the average; it’s what most ophthalmologists aspire to,” she said. “Our role as ophthalmologists is to practice the art of genuinely caring for the whole person and communicating compassionately. That’s what makes being a doctor a privilege.”
Dr. Aaron said the academy also plans to offer some art-related sessions at the annual meeting, including the Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts, which will be Monday from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. In it, Howard Schatz, MD, will speak on the topic “In Search of Wonder.”
New this year
Dr. Aaron highlighted what’s new this year. There will be more of the increased Saturday programming including the International Council of Ophthalmology conference for ophthalmic educators, coding sessions, American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) practice management master classes, and two Academy CafÃ© sessions on neuro-ophthalmology and cataract, according to Dr. Aaron.
“We’re offering eight symposia on topics, such as vision rehabilitation, neuro ophthalmology, and globalizing human resources; plus, the highly interactive, competitive Diagnose This PAAO lineup Live. And we’re offering more Skills Transfer labs on Saturday,” Dr. Aaron said.
Also new this year, will be the AAOE Practice Management Program on Friday, with two sessions: (Re)Focus on Remarkable Patient Care Experiences and Top Strategies for Successfully Running Your Retina Practice.
“These sessions are recommended for physicians as well as practice managers,” she said.
Dr. Aaron listed three spotlight sessions on hot topics this year:
Of 55 planned symposia, she said the academy predicts these to be especially popular:
Following are other planned meeting highlights:
The opening session, starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, will feature the Jackson Memorial Lecture, given this year by Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD, director and professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.
His topic will be “Lessons Learned from Avastin and OCT: The Great, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” The Laureate Award will be given to Steven T. Charles, MD, clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, who has developed many of the techniques and devices used by vitreoretinal surgeons worldwide.
Other awards to be given at the opening session:
EyePlay Experience was a new feature last year, Dr. Aaron said.
“It was so fun, we’re doing it again this year,” she said.
Located in South Hall A, Booth 2581, this is a place to go to relax, energize, and stimulate your mind. There will be therapy dogs as well as bunnies and baby goats. There also will be seated massages, games, and a beer garden serving ale made with hops grown at McCormick Place. Attendees can also assemble hygiene bags for those in need and take a selfie with a giant #AAO2018 hashtag.
The Orbital Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday is a fun time to catch up with friends while helping a good cause. This year’s theme is the 1960s. Wear psychedelic prints while enjoying what the academy promises to be groovy entertainment, far-out food, and a silent auction at this 15th annual event that raises money for the new Museum of Vision. The gala will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Business or cocktail attire is appropriate. Tickets are $300 for ophthalmologists and their guests, with a discounted ticket of $150 available for young ophthalmologists.
Many of these lectures are held as part of a larger session.
Here’s the lineup:
Sunday 10:15–11:45 A.M.
Sunday, 12:45–1:45 P.M.
Sunday, 2–3:30 P.M.
Sunday, 3:45–5:15 P.M.
Monday, 8:30–10 A.M.
Monday, 2–3:30 P.M.
Tuesday, 8:30–10 A.M.
Tuesday, 10:15 A.M.–12:15 P.M.
Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
The following sessions will be held jointly with the AAO and PAAO:
New ophthalmic literature and instruments also will be objectively evaluated. The presenting panels will be composed of Spanish-speaking ophthalmologists. Advance registration is requested.
Check out the large exhibition of ophthalmic technology, products and services in the exhibit hall. It will be open Saturday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Eight Subspecialty Day meetings will take place before the main meeting begins. Separate registration is required.
Details are at https://www.aao.org/annual-meeting/ subspecialty-day.
Friday and Saturday: