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2016 ASCRS New Orleans Daily Sunday

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EyeWorld Daily News • The official ASCRS•ASOA Show Daily Dr. Cionni passes on the ASCRS presidency to Dr. Solomon. continued on page 3 continued on page 3 by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer Transfer sessions and the ASCRS Film Festival. "Each year we strive to make our meeting better," Dr. Holland said. Two new features of this year's meeting are the Poster Pavilion and the YES Connect Lounge. There will also be live poster presentations by some of the authors this year. Following Dr. Holland's address, Robert Cionni, MD, Salt Lake City, the outgoing president of ASCRS, and Kerry Solomon, MD, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, the incom- ing president of ASCRS, both spoke. T he ASCRS Opening Gen- eral Session, which took place on Saturday morning, began with a welcome from Edward Holland, MD, Cincinnati, the chair of the ASCRS Program Committee. This 42nd annual congress has 6,000 attendees from more than 100 countries who have traveled for what looks to be our best meeting ever, he said. In the next few days, attendees will be able to take advantage of 1,500 papers, posters, and symposia, Dr. Holland said. There are also a number of special sessions, including Skills by Ellen Stodola EyeWorld Senior Staff Writer Sunday, May 8, 2016 Government relations session focuses on "fourth branch" of government Opening General Session kicks off ASCRS annual meeting T his year's ASCRS•ASOA Joint Government Relations General Session speaker was Professor Jonathan Turley, JD, the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law, George Wash- ington University Law School. His talk, "The Rise of the 'Fourth Branch of Government,'" delved into how the regulatory power of the fourth branch (regulatory bodies, which Professor Turley has dubbed the fourth branch of government) affects health care and other in- dustries, as well as the increase in regulatory burdens on physicians over the past several years. "We are living in what you might call interesting times," Profes- sor Turley said. We have a system of government carefully calibrated by people like James Madison to be a balance of 3 branches, he added. Professor Turley, in doing research into James Madison, was intrigued by his concept of govern- ment and the way he viewed the 3 branches in a Newtonian fashion as locked in an orbit. That is the separation of powers, the concept of 3 equal branches, he said. It's often mistakenly viewed as a doctrine to protect the branches, but separation Professor Turley discusses the "fourth branch" of government in his lecture. digital.eyeworld.org

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