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SOE YO LogoWelcome to the web home of SOE YOs – the European Society of Ophthalmology Young Ophthalmologists. We are a programme organised by the Education Committee of SOE and run by young ophthalmologists from around Europe.

Our activities have consisted of young ophthalmologist targeted and led sessions at major conferences (including the SOE congress), social events and collaboration with YO groups from other continents. We aim to continue this activity at major ophthalmic conferences and hope to expand our efforts. We welcome input from enthusiastic YOs around Europe, so please register your interest and feel free to contact any of the committee with your ideas. We will be posting some of the content of our symposia on the website, and also welcome other contributions from YOs (such as observership or fellowship reports). We hope that this webpage will eventually become a useful resource for YOs around Europe, facilitating communication, travel and collaboration.

SOE YO Mission Statement

The SOE Young Ophthalmologists group (SOE YO) aims to serve the collective needs of YOs in Europe who are in training or in their first 5 years of independent practice.

The aims of SOE YO include:

  • Ensuring sessions and content relevant to YOs at the SOE Congress, and other meetings involving SOE
  • Encouraging networking and formation of collaborative links between YOs from different European countries
  • To provide a platform for discussion of ophthalmic professional examinations, in particular the EBO exam.
  • Support for collaborative training across Europe, in the form of fellowship reports
  • To increase awareness regarding future challenges posed by the unification of Europe, and to provide a platform for discussion
  • To promote SOE and encourage participation from the younger generations
  • To provide a platform for discussion and a voice for young ophthalmologists on matters that can have an impact on their future careers e.g. new technologies, techniques or European policies.

News and Reviews

To view the SOE YO Newsletter January 2014 Edition click here

 

Surgical Training variations across Europe

For many of us in ophthalmology training, sufficient supervised surgical experience can be difficult to achieve.  It is also difficult for us to know how well we are progressing with our surgical skills and at what stage we are safe to operate independently.  Anecdotally, it is thought that surgical training varies greatly across Europe; however, there is very little data to support this.  Andrew Scott, chairman elect of the European Society of Ophthalmologists Young Ophthalmologists (SOE YO) Committee, has conducted a survey of trainees across Europe to try and tackle this issue, and shares his interesting results with us.”

To read the full article click here 

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European Meeting of Young Ophthalmologists

The first European Meeting of Young Ophthalmologists is entirely dedicated to Ocular Surgery for Beginners.
This meeting will take place in Porto (Portugal) from July 11th to 12th, 2014, and is specially designed to cater for residents and young ophthalmologists’ main interests. It will obey the following outline:

  • The first day will be dedicated to interactive lectures and workshops about the most important surgical techniques in different subspecialties
  • The second day will have a session of rapid fire and video presentations, and a round table discussion on residency, fellowships and opportunities for young ophthalmologists in Europe
  • We have also prepared a social programme for you to experience a beautiful city, elected as one of the Lonely Planet’s Top 10 European Destinations for 2013.

Don’t miss the Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission deadline - 30th April 2014.

For more information, please read our dedicated website emyo.weebly.com.

We look forward to seeing you in Porto.

The SOE YO Committee

 

BSCS has been approved by EBO

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) have partnered to make the Academy’s Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) the standard text for all European ophthalmology training programs beginning in the 2013-2014 Edition. The EBO now recommends the BCSC as the primary educational resource for European trainees and ophthalmologists studying for the annual EBO Diploma Exam.

This partnership allows the EBO to contribute to the ongoing development of the BCSC so it serves the needs of European trainees and practicing ophthalmologists, as well as U.S. residents and practicing ophthalmologists. As each BCSC volume undergoes major revision, an EBO peer review committee will advise the Academy’s volume committee on content needed to make the book relevant for European readership. For example, beginning with the 2013-2014 edition, each BCSC book will include a visual acuity measurement conversion chart. The first EBO-reviewed edition was published in June 2013.

The BCSC is a 13-volume textbook set that is the most extensive compilation of ophthalmic scientific research and clinical experience. It is continually revised by a faculty of more than 80 expert ophthalmologists and covers fundamental ophthalmic knowledge, all subspecialty areas and special topics.  Each volume includes up-to-date clinical knowledge, concise information and tables, self-assessment questions and answers, and photos and illustrations.

YO sessions for NOK 2014

SOE-YO and NOK (Nordic Congress of Ophthalmology) have in collaboration made two YO sessions for the next meeting in Stockholm, august 20-23 th. 2014.

The titles of the sessions are. “Young surgeons – how to improve” and “Young ophthalmologists in the Nordic region” Both sessions will be chaired by committee member Marie L R Rasmussen, Denmark where speakers from all the Nordic countries will participate.

Grace Sun from AAO- YO, will attend and talk about their YO association, to inspire more national YO activities. And several speakers will talk about taking training or working in another Nordic country to inspire YO’s to travel and see other career opportunities in the Nordic area.

The sessions are planned to take part on Wednesday the 20th of august,   We look forward to seeing you all there!

Find out more  on: http://www.nok2014.com/

 

SOE YO sessions from SOE2013 available to view

SOE are delighted to inform you that the two YO sessions held at SOE2013, can now be viewed by simply clicking on the links below.

SOE YO’s  Making the transition to independent cataract surgery

How to continue improving your technique while operating.

How to get yourself out of sticky situations, with questions and answers. 

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and

SOE Yo’s in International Ophthalmology — Modern issues facing YO’s.

European board of ophthalmology: Exams, logbooks, and papers. – Wagih Aclimandos

European Union of medical specialists: what happens after we become licensed. - Ivan O. Haefliger

ICO for young ophthalmologists: fellowship and examinations. - Simon Keightley

Fellowships in the United States: tips and what to expect. A United States perspective. - Sanjay Kudal

Volunteering opportunities for young ophthalmologists. - Grace Sun

Learning, practising and sharing in the digital age. - Brad Feldman

Wrap-up

SOE would like to thank Novartis for their Educational grant support.

 Reviews 

SMARTPHONES IN OPHTHALMOLOGY
Welcome to our new section of the website dedicated to the use of smartphones in everyday ophthalmology practice. Here we will critically review applications that can be purchased through “appstores”, for the most popular smartphone platforms.Each app will be tested and a numerical verdict will be given ranging from 0-100 based on following criteria:
86-100 An excellent app that should be on everyone’s smartphone
71-85 A very good app with minor flaws
56-70 A good app, but with some major flaws that prevent it from being a very good one
40-55 A substantially flawed app
0-40 Not worthy of downloading
Eyehandbook – Download the app now by scanning the correct qr code for your iphone or Android mobile phone

Eyehandbook I Phone App

Eyehandbook Android App

EYEHANDBOOK
Eyehandbook currently in version 4.3, is the most popular app for ophthalmology with over 220.000 downloads so far. So let’s see what made it so popular for eyecare professionals around the world.
First of all, it is available for both smartphone platforms, the iOS and Android. It is being developed in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmology which brings the vast repository of Academy’s educational material to the reach of Eyehandbook user. The app is free to download and after taping the Eyehandbook icon (EHB) a short commercial for a drug company product will emerge ( a compromise to make the app free), but this can be elegantly circumvented by pressing a skip button.
The initial screen (figure 1.) is filled with icons (there are 20 icons altogether), so getting around the application and familiarizing with all the options takes some time.
The previous version of Eyehandbook (4.1) added an AAO icon, thus licensing the material from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (figure 2.) However, only a small amount of material is free to view. Patient education movies for instance can be purchased for a small fee (1.99 USD per movie), but to be able to view the material from the ONE network, you will need to be a member of the Academy.
The Blink icon located next to the AAO icon in the first row of the initial screen is essentially a clinical quiz, testing our knowledge in ophthalmology based on several clinical images and a short description of findings. However, the very same content can be found under the AAO icon, so this must have been overlooked by the developers.
The last icon in the first row opens calculators (figure 3.), such as Age to Bifocal Add, Glaucoma Risk Calculator, Transposition Calculator etc.
The second row of icons starts with an ICD-9 coding icon. This is very useful if you  practices in the United States, but if you practice in countries that are using the ICD-10 coding system, then you will have to download the dedicated ICD-10 app.
The next icon, Media Center, offers audio, E-books, flash cards, lectures and movies as a download. Most of the material offered here is free, with the exception of flash cards, some of which are charged. Again, there is some duplicate material in this section, such as the Preferred Practice Pattern on Primary Open Angle Glaucoma, which can also be found under the AAO icon. Also, some of the videos, such as the ILM peeling are not running.
The third icon in the second row is the EHB manual which tends to describe the most common ophthalmological conditions in a logical fashion (figure 4.), ranging from definition, epidemiology to workup, therapy and references. We found no text entry under Stargardt disease.
The last icon in the second row, named Equipment, lists some of the equipment, such as diagnostic and therapeutic lenses, instruments for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery etc.
The third row starts with an Eye Atlas icon, showing the images of the most common ophthalmological conditions. The quality of images is good if you restrain from zooming them.
The Eye Wiki icon is very useful, providing detailed description of ophthalmological diseases and the content is provided under the auspices of relevant sub-specialty societies which should guarantee the accuracy of the content.
The Journals and Meetings icon as well as the Societies icon from version 4.1 have been replaced by the more useful Directory and EHB Forums in the latest version giving a social networking aspect to the application.
The last two rows contain 8 more icons including Visual tests (figure 5.), Treatment schemes (figure 6.), Patient Education Images (figure 7.) showing the most common ophthalmological diseases, as perceived by a patient.
However, there is also duplicate material found here, such as in Physicians icon, containing the list of societies, which are also listed separately under the Societies icon in the third row. We have also experienced instabilities of the program while exploring this section, which resulted in periodic crashes.
VERDICT
The Eyehandbook is the most comprehensive ophthalmology app to date. The effort put by the authors is palpable and the benefits of using the app far outweigh its shortcomings. The periodic crashes observed here and duplicate content will hopefully be solved in future versions of the program. We therefore give the app the final score of 89/100.

Career opportunities for YOs

Three-year funded opportunity for research at Moorfields and UCL

We are looking for a highly motivated Clinical Research Associate to work under the supervision of Professor James Bainbridge and Dr Michel Michaelides. Our team has been at the forefront of development of gene therapy for both inherited retinal degenerations and complex acquired diseases. We will be shortly conducting a phase I/II clinical trial of gene replacement therapy for achromatopsia caused by defects in the gene encoding the CNGB3 protein.

The post holder will be responsible for the assessment and clinical management of subjects being considered for participation and subsequently the patients enrolled into the CNGB3 gene therapy clinical trial. This will involve the planning and coordination of their investigations, maintenance of datasets, and analysis and presentation of results.

The position is funded for a period of three years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Essential criteria include MRCOphth or equivalent, experience and proven ability in the clinical management of retinal and paediatric eye disorders.  Applicants should also have technical aptitude, experience with modern computer technology and commitment to high quality research.

To apply click here 

Committee

YO National Representatives

YO Videos

SOE YO sessions from SOE2013  Congress available to view

SOE are delighted to inform you that the two YO sessions held at SOE2013, can now be viewed by simply clicking on the links below.

SOE YO’s  Making the transition to independent cataract surgery

How to continue improving your technique while operating.

How to get yourself out of sticky situations, with questions and answers. 

-

and

SOE Yo’s in International Ophthalmology — Modern issues facing YO’s.

European board of ophthalmology: Exams, logbooks, and papers. – Wagih Aclimandos

European Union of medical specialists: what happens after we become licensed. - Ivan O. Haefliger

ICO for young ophthalmologists: fellowship and examinations. - Simon Keightley

Fellowships in the United States: tips and what to expect. A United States perspective. - Sanjay Kudal

Volunteering opportunities for young ophthalmologists. - Grace Sun

Learning, practising and sharing in the digital age. - Brad Feldman

Wrap-up

SOE would like to thank Novartis for their Educational grant support.

Interviews & EBO Reports

SOE Congress 2015

Details of YO activities for the SOE Congress 2015 which will take place from  6 – 9 June 2015 in Vienna Austria will follow shortly. Visit the SOE Congress website for the latest details at http://www.soe2015.org/

Register your interest

If you would like to participate in the program and receive email updates and the YO Newsletter, please email the SOE secretariat using the form below:

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Past Events

  • Dec 1
    2010
    YO Past Events

    American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, October 2010, Chicago, United States. Joint SOE/AAO/MEACO Symposium: Modern Technologies and Techniques for Young Ophthalmologists to Know                                   The symposium focused on novel surgical approaches and therapeutic options that young ophthalmologists (YOs) should recognize as present alternatives of the management of diseases of the eye. The joint session included […]

  • Jun 5
    2011
    SOE Congress, Geneva, June 2011

    Please join us for the SOE YO activities at the Congress in Geneva this year. We consider YOs to be in training, or in their first 5 years of independent practice. SOE YO Lounge: This is the ideal location for YOs to relax in between conference sessions. Come meet other YOs from around Europe and […]

  • Oct 1
    2011
    American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting

    Modern Technologies and Techniques for Young Ophthalmologists to Know Joint AAO/SOE/COS Symposium The symposium will focus on novel surgical approaches and therapeutic options that young ophthalmologists should recognize as present alternatives of the management of diseases of the eye. The joint session will include particular strategies for the treatment of various ocular diseases that are […]

  • Feb 16
    2012
    World Ophthalmology Congress, Abu Dhabi, 2012

    A joint symposium is in preparation with AAO and MEACO YOs. SOE YO Update Education Without Borders – the Future for Young Ophthalmologists This session has been developed jointly by the YO committees of MEACO, SOE and AAO.  The theme for the session is education, the issues young ophthalmologists across the globalising world are now […]

  • Jun 8
    2013
    YO Events at the SOE2013 Congress, Copenhagen, June 8-11 2013!

      YO Events at the SOE2013  Congress, Copenhagen, June 8-11 2013! Calling all young ophthalmologists attending the SOE Congress in Copenhagen next month!  The SOE YO committee invite you to participate in events specially tailored for ophthalmologists in training, or in early independent practice.  There are 2 YO symposia, a YO night out and a […]

  • Nov 17
    2013
    Joint AAO, PAAO and SOEYO Symposium New Orleans 3-4pm

    How are Femtosecond Lasers going to Change Cataract Surgery? – Dr Alex Day (alex.day@ucl.ac.uk), Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK Artificial Vision with a Subretinal Implant – Dr Katarina Stingl (katarina.stingl@med.uni-tuebingen.de), University of Tübingen, Germany  

  • Feb 20
    2014
    28th International Congress of the Hellenic Society of Intraocular Implant & Refractive Surgery

    To be  held in Athens 20-23 February 2014 and will have YO sessions, further details to follow

  • Apr 2
    2014
    WOC 2014 – Tokyo April 2-6 2014

    Collaboration between SOE/AAO/APAO/JOS YO groups The theme is Education without Borders and the session aims to provide an engaging platform for discussion of global educational issues and opportunities available for young ophthalmologists. Topics include: Arranging a Fellowship Abroad: Pearls and Pitfalls, Dr. Yutaka Kaneko, JOS Education Without Borders in the Asia Pacific, Dr. Catherine Green, APAO How YOs […]

  • May 28
    2014
    47th Panhellenic Ophthalmic Congress

    Will take place at the end of May 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece and will have YO sessions. Further details to follow

  • Jul 11
    2014
    European Meeting of Young Ophthalmologists

    The first European Meeting of Young Ophthalmologists is entirely dedicated to Ocular Surgery for Beginners. This meeting will take place in Porto (Portugal) from July 11th to 12th, 2014, and is specially designed to cater for residents and young ophthalmologists’ main interests. It will obey the following outline: Dont miss  the Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission deadline - 30th April 2014. […]

YO Events at the SOE2013 Congress, Copenhagen, June 8-11 2013!

Calling all young ophthalmologists attending the SOE Congress in Copenhagen next month! The SOE YO committee invite you to participate in events specially tailored for ophthalmologists in training, or in early independent practice. There are 2 YO symposia, a YO night out and a YO reception. Also, there is an exclusive YO Lounge for your use during the congress. We look forward to meeting you.

Saturday 8th June

YO Night Out!

From 9.30pm at the Karrier Bar, Flaesketorvet 57-67, dk – 1711 Copenhagen V

www.karrierebar.com

Join us on a night out, escaping the confines of the congress centre. Get to know your international colleagues whilst sampling some Copenhagen night-life. Come and meet us on Saturday night at this lovely cocktail bar and nightclub in the meat packing district in Copenhagen. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday 9th June

YO Reception

Meet and greet with your international peers and SOE leadership over a drink or two at the YO Lounge on Sunday 9th from 18.00hrs – 20.00hrs. This will also be a good opportunity to meet or get details of your country’s SOE YO representative, and to find out how to get involved in future SOE YO activities.

Monday 10th June

Making the transition to independent cataract surgery – a video based session for young ophthalmologists. Monday 10th June 16.30 – 18.00 Room C1

This interactive, video-based session is designed specifically for YOs. Get tips on how to operate safely in difficult situations, and how to smoothly make the transition to operating independently. The session will be chaired by a YO, ensuring the level remains relevant and your questions are answered.

Tuesday 11th June

Young Ophthalmologists in International ophthalmology – modern issues facing YOs. Tuesday 11th June 08.15 hrs – 09.45hrs Room 18

We have teamed up with the AAO YO committee to bring you a symposium covering many aspects of global education, including exams, fellowships, training and volunteering abroad and learning, practising and sharing in the digital age. A must-attend session for any internationally minded and progressive YOs!

YO Lounge

Come to the YO Lounge to relax with a complimentary coffee, make connections with other YOs, use complimentary Wi-Fi, Universal chargers

The YO Lounge is located on the 1st floor of Bella Centre and is open at the following times

Saturday 9.30 until 17.30hrs

Sunday 9.30 until 20.00hrs

Monday 9.30 until 17.30hrs

Tuesday 9.30 until 13.00hrs

We are very grateful to Allergan for their Educational Grant supporting SOE YO educational activities.

To keep up to date with all SOE YO activities visit http://soevision.org/yo/ and register your interest.

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