Robert H. Osher
Marking the first decade since its inception, the 10th Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is meeting will feature a myriad of new wet labs, symposia and expert faculty to cover topics in ophthalmology ranging from surgery complications to emerging innovations in technology.
This year’s meeting will be held Feb. 12-16, 2020, at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek in Orlando. As in previous years, the meeting will not be held to CME guidelines and will give host to ocular surgeons and practicing ophthalmologists from around the world.
“These are devoted teachers that are coming to share information from the podium, in the laboratory, as well as in the hallways,” Robert H. Osher, MD, program director, professor of ophthalmology and medical director emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, told Healio.com/OSN. “It is a unique educational experience because every one of us goes above and beyond to make these 4.5 days really special for our attendees, and that’s why our meeting has flourished.”
Over the years, the meeting has grown from the original five faculty members (Richard Mackool, MD, Warren E. Hill, MD, Ike K. Ahmed, MD, FRCSC, and Michael Snyder, MD, as well as Osher), to around 50, according to Osher. To meet the needs of attendees, new symposia will be held, including a Women in Ophthalmology symposium led by Lisa Nijm, MD, JD, president of WIO, as well as two more symposia, both moderated by Cathleen M. McCabe, MD, and Thomas A. Oetting, MD. One will focus on safely learning new techniques and the other on better efficiency and practice management.
While the meeting is aimed at all levels of surgeon experience, many of the topics are geared toward encouraging up-and-coming ophthalmologists to attend. The Young Ophthalmologists Forum and the Resident Dinner “Ask Anything” give residents and fellows an opportunity to indulge in open dialogue with experienced faculty members. For fellows and residents, registration fees will be waived.
“We have to really walk a fine line when we’re dealing with resident education because we have a meeting that’s loaded with information and yet free of commercial bias,” Osher said. “I think we have a unique formula because we’re only there for the attendees. We want the audience to leave more knowledgeable and confident. Nobody comes home with a tan.”
From the first day of the meeting to the last, topics of discussion will span a wide range of interests — subspecialty updates, new technology, cataract surgery advances, techniques, wet labs, complications and IOL selection — before wrapping up with a presentation by Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, on the future of ophthalmology and closing remarks by Osher.
As in previous years, the majority of featured presentations will be video based, a facet of the meeting Osher believes is crucial to its success.
“It’s absolutely the best way to teach surgery,” Osher said. “You can’t teach it from a lecture at the podium or by reading an article in a magazine. You have to see it.”
Physicians can register before Dec. 31 for a discounted preregistration rate of $850 or before Feb. 10, 2020, for a rate of $950. Participants can register online at www.healio.com/meeting/tellingitmeeting/welcome. – by Eamon Dreisbach
Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is. www.healio.com/meeting/tellingitmeeting/home. Accessed Sept. 12, 2019.
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