Everything you need to know, but can’t ask

The second virtual conference on real-world ophthalmology will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. central time on April 2, proving as informative as
the inaugural meeting in 2021.

The best news so far is that the conference is free. However, the number of places being limited, early registration is encouraged. Go to https://www.realworldophthalmology.com/tickets

The first 300 young ophthalmologists to register will receive a Real World Optho Care Package.

According to Lisa Nijm, MD, JD, founder of Real World Ophthalmology, the second meeting will build on everything that was done at the first meeting last fall.

“An incredible faculty of 65 experts come together to share with the next generation of ophthalmologists the things they wish they had known sooner,” she said. “This year’s meeting is built on feedback received at last year’s meeting.”

Meeting program
Fun activities will start the day. Plan to participate in a scavenger hunt, contextual questions about ophthalmology, a leader board for ranked participants and a social media contest, according to Nijm.

Three speeches are planned:

Julia Haller, MDwill feature “A Conversation with the Chief Ophthalmologist,” during which she will share her pearls for her service as chief ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Ike Ahmed, MD, will be in the hot seat. His speech is titled “Ask Me Anything”, during which he will share his secrets for success and building his career.

Uday Devgan, MDwill deliver “CataractCoach.com: UnEdited”, then share his best pearls he has collected from the thousands of videos he has edited and answer questions from the public.

Here is a sampling of the secrets national and international presenters will delve into:

• What are Fellowship Directors looking for?
• Get a job in industry, private equity or open a solo practice
• Clinical innovations in surgical techniques and products
• What should I tell a patient the first time there is a serious complication?
• Construction of exercises
• Coding and building practices
• Advice on loan repayment, financial management?

This year’s conference will also feature small breakout sessions with various experts to facilitate more intimate discussions on various topics.

Interested attendees are invited to submit questions to the keynote speakers and any suggestions for topics they would like to see covered at the next conference scheduled for 2023. Access https://www.realworldophthalmology.com/contact-1 for this opportunity.

Entrants also have the opportunity to nominate exemplary ophthalmologists in training or within their first 10 years of practice for awards recognizing their contributions to ophthalmology. Candidates can be nominated at https://www.realworldophthalmology.com/awards

The specific new awards are the Inspiring Academic Leader Award, Practice Trailblazer Award, Humanism in Ophthalmology Award, Excellence in Community Service Award, Outstanding Patient Advocate Award, and Visionary Award.

Nijm’s message to the young ophthalmologist is to take fate by the horns.

“You define your own destiny,” she said. “The more fully you are ready to practice, the more that can be accomplished. The goal of the conference is to provide everything you need to be successful in early practice.

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