Doctors Day 2020 – Anything But Happy
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by eyesteve
3y ago
“Doctors Day” – usually preceded by “Happy,” as in “Happy Doctors Day,” today, feels anything but happy. Aside from a surprise mid-day carrot cake from an appreciative office staff, the general sentiment among doctors isn’t roses, smiles, and sunshine. Here’s why. Each of us “doctors” have friends, family, and former classmates on the front lines battling coronavirus. These colleagues are risking their own health and that of their families to fight Covid-19. Doctors often draw upon prior knowledge and experience to treat – and in most cases – rise victorious over illness. Covid-19, with the n ..read more
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Social Media and Professionalism – Protecting Your Patients, Your Profession, and You
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by eyesteve
3y ago
In this post (and video!) I will share the highlights of a talk I gave recently discussing social media and professionalism, specifically how to protect your patients, your profession, and you. We’re all very familiar with the pitfalls of using social media professionally. We read stories online of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers being fired or disciplined for comments that they’ve made on social media that put patient safety and privacy at risk. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recently published an advisory opinion talking about social media and professionalism, in wh ..read more
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Reducing the Disclosure Effect in the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Match
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by eyesteve
3y ago
Should match rules prohibit postinterview communication between applicants, mentors, and programs? This is the main question raised by authors Drs. Greenberg, Scott, and Chen in their recent letter to the editor of JAMA ophthalmology, which was published online earlier this week. Their letter references our article on the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship match, which suggested that applicants who disclose their number 1 ranking, either personally or via a mentor, experience improved match outcomes compared with their cohorts who do not make such disclosures. Please click here for a summary of ..read more
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The Retina Society – 2018 Meeting Highlights
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by eyesteve
3y ago
This past week I attended the annual meeting of “The Retina Society,” a collection of the brightest minds in the research and treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous. Here are a few particular highlights of the meeting. Classification & Guidelines for Wide-field Imaging: Recommendations from the International Wide-field Imaging Study Group Netan Choudhry, MD, FRCSC gave an interesting presentation discussing the classification and guidelines for wide-field imaging, proposing recommendations from the International Wide-field Imaging Study Group on the nomenclat ..read more
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Vitreoretinal Fellowship Match Survey – JAMA Ophthalmology
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by eyesteve
3y ago
The fellowship match process is somewhat of a mystery, and just a few years ago, I found myself in the middle of this mystery. First came the application. To how many programs should I apply? What was an “average” number of applications? To how many programs could I expect/hope to be invited for an interview? How much would the whole process cost? When I applied for residency, I appreciated the article by Yousuf et al. describing the ophthalmology residency match outcomes, but was unable to find similar information for the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship match in the published literature nor ..read more
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Duke Advanced Vitreous Surgery Course – 2018 Highlights
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by eyesteve
3y ago
This past weekend I attended the Duke Advanced Vitreous Surgery Course in beautiful North Carolina. What a fun weekend to reconnect with other retina fellows from around the country and learn from an impressive array of retina faculty. The meeting was a busy two-day collection of presentations and expert panels on everything from management of diabetic retinopathy and proliferative vitreoretinopathy to tips on the job search and work-life balance. The wet-lab was an interactive practice-lab to give retina fellows experience with advanced vitreoretinal surgery techniques, including administrati ..read more
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Ten Common Questions About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
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by eyesteve
3y ago
This month, February 2018, is age-related macular degeneration month. With the purpose of increasing awareness of this vision-limiting and life-altering disease, here are ten common questions about age-related macular degeneration. Question #1 – What is macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is a degenerative disease which causes damage to the macula, the part of the retina which gives us the clarity and fine-detail of our central vision. Our eyes are like a camera, and the retina is like the film in our cameras, as all the light from our surroundings is focused onto the retina. This infor ..read more
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Retinal Artery Macroaneurysm (RAMA)
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by eyesteve
3y ago
In this post (and video!) I briefly discuss the key features, diagnosis, and treatment of retinal artery macroaneurysms, more commonly known as RAMA. The clinical picture in this vignette is of an 80 year-old hypertensive Caucasian woman who presented to our urgent clinic with new-onset floaters. Her vision was 20/250 in the left eye, and the anterior segment examination was normal. This is a fundus photo of the left eye, which shows a slightly hazy view due to vitreous hemorrhage. Along the superior vascular arcade you see a discrete area of deep, subretinal hemorrhage with a white spot in t ..read more
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The Return of Private Equity to Ophthalmology
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by eyesteve
3y ago
The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is the marquee event for ophthalmology, with presentation of landmark research, unveiling of innovative technology, hundreds of educational symposia, and updates on the dynamic ophthalmology marketplace. What was the hottest topic at AAO 2017? I’m not referring to the topic with the largest symposium audience, or the topic covered by the trade journals or media outlets. I’m referring to the topic most discussed among colleagues at the bar, whispered among friends between meetings, or nervously researched by anxious ophthalmologists se ..read more
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Ten Tips to Prevent and Treat Iris Prolapse
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by eyesteve
3y ago
In this post (and video!) I will share ten tips to prevent and treat iris prolapse, a challenge encountered fairly frequently during cataract surgery, particularly for beginning surgeons. First we will begin with prevention. 1. Create a longer wound One of the factors driving the pressure-driven movement of the iris to the wound is the distance from the iris to the internal opening of the wound. If you are concerned about the potential for iris prolapse, consider making a slightly longer clear corneal wound. 2. Avoid overfilling the anterior chamber with viscoelastic Beginning cataract surgeon ..read more
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