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Conference Roundup

Women in Ophthalmology 2020 Virtual Meeting highlights important topics, impact on women ophthalmologists

Posted on August 19, 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Women in Ophthalmology Summer Symposium will be held virtually this year, kicking off Friday, August 21 and running through Sunday, August 23.

As the largest gathering of women ophthalmologists in the world, the meeting will highlight content including innovative treatments, live wet lab sessions, professional development, and more, with a special emphasis on areas that are of particular importance to women ophthalmologists.

Below are a few session highlights, but the complete agenda can be found here.

Session Highlight
Women Advocating for Women

In this session, held Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM and moderated by Dr. Grace Sun, topics will include “Tools for Addressing Patient-Initiated Verbal Sexual Harassment in Real Time” by Dr Lauren E. Hock and Dr Olivia Killeen; “Women Participation in State Societies” by Dr Alice Yang Zhang; “The Role of AAO Council” by Dr Sarwat Salim; and “How to get Involved in ASRS and AAO” by Dr. Sophie Bakri.

Session Highlight
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

In this WIO Chat, moderator Dr Cynthia Matossian will join panelists Dr Alexa Lu, Dr Alexa Lu, Dr Hymowitz, Dr Laura Periman, Dr Kathryn Colby to discuss the impact of the global pandemic on ophthalmology. The chat will begin Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 2:45 PM

Session Highlight
Proper Posture for Surgical Longevity

A new surgical chair designed with the well-being of the surgeon in mind will be featured during a presentation by Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD at the Women in Ophthalmology 2020 Virtual Meeting on Sunday, August 23, 2020.  “Every aspect of the physician’s experience in the surgical suite has been considered to advance the chair’s design. The curved backrest, for instance, aligns the spine for added lumbar support, with multi-directional adjustment for perfect positioning,” said Terry Birchler, owner of the design firm Zukunplan who worked on the CO:RE Surgical Chair. “To accommodate the wide range in surgeons’ lumbar lordosis, there’s a choice of curvatures. And the armless design and narrow seatback allows freedom of movement without the risk of contamination.”

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