COS Travel Stipend Available for U.S. Residents and Fellows
The 2016 Combined Ophthalmic Symposium (COS) will be held August 26–28 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, and a $250 travel reimbursement is available on a first-come, first-served basis for residents and fellows based in the United States who attend the meeting.
For residents, fellows and surgeons in their first five years of practice, the COS Young Eye Surgeons (YES) Program—free for U.S. residents and fellows—begins Friday with a skills transfer session focused on phaco, manual LRI (marking, manual incisions), lens folding and lens loading. Attendees will break for lunch with a faculty panel discussion, then move to faculty roundtables on patient conversations, job searching, training take-aways and more. Friday afternoon includes a breakout of challenging and complex cases discussion, video presentation, lecture and additional time in the lab to work on skills. The YES Program continues over the weekend with the two-day Ophthalmologist Program.
“We are excited to offer another great YES Program this year,” says Dr. Khandelwal, chair of the YES Program at COS and co-chair of the Ophthalmology Program. “We will have a fantastic wet lab with a variety of devices for residents and fellows to work with, as well as breakout discussions on complex and challenging cases and lunch with a faculty panel and roundtable discussions on important topics, such as practice management and looking for a job.”
A variety of subspecialties are represented in the Ophthalmology Program faculty, which includes cataract, refractive, retina, glaucoma and oculoplastics. “The COS Ophthalmology Program is going to be a great educational opportunity for YES attendees,” she notes. “The variety of sessions is ideal for young ophthalmologists who are unsure about their future specialty or who have not yet developed a niche in their practice.”