Annual meeting 2005: A spotlight on some highlights

In our continuing look at the highlights of this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Oct. 15 to 18, we look now to new courses and offerings, practice management, a special program for young ophthalmologists, and new advances in technology that will benefit ophthalmic patients.

New this year

Beginning in 2006, ophthalmologists who were board certified after July 1, 1992 will transition to new Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements set by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

A new curriculum of pain management courses offers 13 hours of pain management credit. These pain management courses are identified in the online program and advance program with a special icon. Included are two new courses: "An Approach to the Patient with Pain In and Around the Eye" offered on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 2 to 5:30 p.m., and "Cataract Surgical Anesthesia and Postoperative Pain Management" on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Practice management

The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) program will once again offer the ultimate forum for practice management information, technology, and networking.

This year's exciting program-designed for both administrators and physicians-includes 93 instruction course hours (with CME credits) and nearly 60 ticketed practice management roundtable discussions to meet the challenges of today's ophthalmic practice.

Some of this year's new program offerings are:

Registration is free for AAO and AAOE members. The program is open to all annual meeting attendees. For more information, please visit

Young ophthalmologists

Young ophthalmologists can take advantage of the wide array of resources available at the annual meeting to set them up for career success.

The Young Ophthalmologist program was developed to pick up where medical training leaves off, providing important career and business insights that help newer ophthalmologists succeed. Courses and events particularly relevant to young ophthalmologists are identified in the online program and advance program with a special icon. Highlights include: