July 2019


ASCRS and ASOA Combined Ophthalmic Symposium offers education for the entire practice

by Denise Monasterio ASCRS Marketing and Communications Manager

Registration is open for the 2019 ASCRS and ASOA Combined Ophthalmic Symposium, sponsored by ASCRS, ASOA, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN). This annual event is being held August 23–25 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas. The program offers opportunities for integrated staff development, featuring tracks for ophthalmologists, practice management staff, optometrists, and nurses and technicians. The meeting now features an expanded track specifically designed to address the unique needs of physicians early in their career.

ASCRS Ophthalmologist Program

The 2019 ASCRS Ophthalmologist Program is aimed at anterior segment surgeons, comprehensive ophthalmologists, and ophthalmic residents and fellows with an interest in anterior segment care. Topics covered in the program include:
• The Practical Guide to Cataract Essentials (Case Based)
• Best of ASCRS
• The Cutting Edge of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
• The Challenge of Optimizing the Ocular Surface
• Retina for the Anterior Segment Surgeon
• Adapting in a Changing World
• Glaucoma Session
• “So Then This Happened …” (Sponsored by the Vanguard Ophthalmology Society)
• Video Session (Rapid fire videos based on new technologies, tools, and tricks for anterior segment surgery)
New this year is an optional wet lab on August 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., which will include the Yamane technique, iris suturing, scleral fixation, and four-point pupilloplasty. The program continues on August 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and August 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The 2019 program chairs are Douglas Koch, MD, and Elizabeth Yeu, MD.

ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons Program

Designed with early-career ophthalmologists in mind, the ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons Program features a full day and a half of skills transfer sessions, general sessions, and roundtable breakout groups. A travel reimbursement is available for residents and fellows based in the U.S. who attend the entire program. Topics covered in the program include:
• Surgical Management of Astigmatism
• Improving the Preoperative and Intraoperative Processes for Refractive Cataract Surgery
• Complex Cataract Cases Video Session
• Incorporating Presbyopia-Correcting IOLs into Your Clinical Practice
• Innovations and Hot Topics in Cataract Surgery
• Managing the Complex Cataract Patient
• Innovations in Glaucoma Surgery
On August 24, the program will debut the ASCRS Quiz Bowl.
The program chairs are Sumit “Sam” Garg, MD, and Sumitra Khandelwal, MD.

ASOA Practice Management Program

The ASOA Practice Management Program is specifically designed for ophthalmic administrators and practice management staff. The program chairs are Joe Theine, MBA, and
Hayley Boling, MBA. This 2-day program features courses and panel discussions on a variety of practice management topics including but not limited to:
• 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Update: Why it Matters to You
• Crucial Conversations, Accountability Discussions, and How to Create Win-Wins
• 2019 Billing & Coding Update: What You Need to Know Now
• The Principles of Patient-Centricity: Navigating to a Patient-Centered Culture in the Sea of Change (Lunch Program)
• Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way? A Panel Discussion
• Basics of Financial Reporting and Case Studies in Benchmarking to Drive Decisions
• ABCs of the ASC: A Primer by OOSS University
• You’ve Hired a New Employee … Now, How Do You Get Them to Stay?
• Thanks a LATTE! Resolving Conflicts with Warmth, Strength, and Engagement
• 8 Key Success Strategies to Optimize Clinic Flow
• Navigating the Medicare Audit Landscape

Optometrist Program

The Optometrist Program is geared toward optometrists with an interest in anterior segment care who work in an ophthalmic practice. The program chairs are Derek Cunningham, OD, Ahmad Fahmy, OD, and Walter Whitley, OD. Topics covered in the program include:
• Innovative Technologies in Optometric Practice
• Writing Oral Prescriptions
• Comanaging the Typical and Not-So-Typical Corneas, Cataracts and Glaucoma Procedures: Panel Discussion
• Pain, Photophobia, and Ocular Pathology: What You Should Know to Help Your
• The Nuts and Bolts of Corneal Ulcers
• Glaucoma String of Pearls: Panel Discussion
• Identify, Treat and Manage Complex Ocular Surface Conditions: Panel Discussion

Nurse and Technician Program

The Nurse and Technician Program features a day and a half of comprehensive, interactive education directed toward ophthalmic nurses and allied ophthalmic personnel. The program, which is sponsored by ASORN, starts at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23. Visit asorn.org to register.
The 2019 ASCRS and ASOA Combined Ophthalmic Symposium kicks off Friday evening with a welcome reception for all attendees at the Speakeasy. Throughout the weekend, attendees can visit the Exhibit Hall during breakfast, session breaks, and lunch to speak with industry representatives about ophthalmic products and services. Visit cos.ascrs.org for complete details about programs, faculty, registration, and to book housing at the JW Marriott Austin.

Contact information

Monasterio: dmonasterio@ascrs.org

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