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The Buzz | Jan/Feb '21

The Buzz

TO EXPLORE | YoungMD Connect

From the creators of MillennialEYE and Eyetube, YoungMD Connect is a new membership-based mentorship and educational platform designed to connect young ophthalmologists with their peers and mentors. Through educational workshops, mentoring sessions, and access to academic and private practice fellowship opportunities, YoungMD Connect provides a forum for establishing meaningful connections and making informed decisions about the future. Follow YoungMD Connect on Twitter and Instagram (@YoungMDConnect) for updates and visit www.youngmdconnect.com to join.

TO FOLLOW | scEYEnce Coalition for Vision Research

Ten US-based organizations have formed a coalition to launch scEYEnce, a campaign designed to educate the public, the media, policymakers, and other key stakeholders about the importance of vision research. Members of the working group include the AAO, Glaucoma Research Foundation, Foundation Fighting Blindness, National Eye Institute, and more. According to scEYEnce, the campaign will use traditional and social media outreach to highlight cutting-edge research and the scientists conducting it, graphics that illustrate the impact of vision loss, and a resource-filled website featuring stories and sources on new insights and investigations.

TO READ | Ophthalmologists’ Role in Promoting Vaccine Compliance

Sitting on a COVID-19 vaccine selfie? Post away! A recent editorial published in Ophthalmology discusses the opportunity for ophthalmologists to help educate patients on the importance of common vaccines and stem the tide against vaccine hesitancy. “Ophthalmologists can play an important role in promoting public health through vaccinations by leveraging their strong patient relationships, access to vulnerable populations, repeated patient interactions, and positions as trusted members of the medical community,” the study authors wrote.