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2013 ASCRS•ASOA San Francisco Daily News Sunday

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www.eyeworld.org EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA San Francisco Show Daily April 21, 2013 Members can expect many more educational opportunities from ASCRS by Enette Ngoei EyeWorld Contributing Writer T he world of medicine continues to evolve and, in many ways, it is the best of times and the worst of times, said incoming ASCRS president Eric Donnenfeld, MD, East Meadow, N.Y., at the ASCRS Opening General Session. "Substantial changes in healthcare delivery, access to patients, and monitoring are impacting the daily lives of every ophthalmologist and most importantly the patients we care for," he said. ASCRS has been and will continue to step forward, represent the needs of ophthalmologists, voice their opinions and demonstrate leadership based on what is in the best interests of patients, he said. Highlighting ASCRS' new education initiatives to augment residents' training, Dr. Donnenfeld described a new residents mentoring program that has been created under the leadership of Edward Holland, MD, Cincinnati, and Bonnie Henderson, MD, Boston. The manner in which ASCRS interacts with its members is also changing, Dr. Donnenfeld said. In response to survey results on the issues ASCRS members find most challenging, ASCRS will provide continued on page 3 Outgoing ASCRS president David F. Chang, MD, welcomes incoming president Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD. ASOA Opening General Session focuses on uncertainty in medical world and future possibilities by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Staff Writer T Robert Cherewich, MPS, COE, CMPE, transfers the ASOA presidency to Liz Parrott, COE. he ASOA Opening General Session focused largely on uncertainty in the medical world today, with this uncertainty pertaining to patients, physicians, and administrators alike. Robert Cherewich, MPS, COE, CMPE, Hatboro, Pa., the outgoing president of ASOA, spoke about the uncertainty in both private and professional lives for ophthalmologists. Many changes in the current state of the world play into ophthalmology WOW your care providers! NextPen® makes it faster and more efficient to graphically document patient visits. See a demo at ASCRS booth 1508. and the future. Reimbursement cuts are affecting practices, and he said many practices are being put up for sale or having to merge. Meanwhile, the practices are still expected to implement expensive systems to demonstrate meaningful use, Mr. Cherewich said. Success depends on your ability to remain committed despite no guarantees, Mr. Cherewich said. He said ASOA is striving to help promote success. "If you pursue avail- able resources, ultimately you will be the reason for your own personal and professional success." To conclude, Mr. Cherewich stressed the importance of persevering and transferred the presidency to Liz Parrott, COE, Raleigh, N.C. David F. Chang, MD, Los Altos, Calif., the outgoing president of ASCRS, discussed some of the expectations of what's ahead. "This past year was eventful for everyone involved in healthcare delivery," continued on page 4

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