Take the Plunge
Have you ever been out on an open body of water and jumped in? It can be nerve-wracking when you cannot see the bottom—or anything past the surface, really. The feeling before you jump in is the same feeling that follows the decision to leave your first position in ophthalmology. The prospect of leaving your first place of employment is simultaneously frightening and exciting. For many, the choice to move on represents a turning point in their career.
In this issue of New Retina MD, we examine the challenges, obstacles, benefits, and excitement of leaving your first position in retina. Young retinal physicians have options in their professional path, and it never hurts to take a look at them. This issue’s cover series offers detailed accounts of three veteran ophthalmologists and the distinct circumstances that led them to make a change in their professional scenery.
The rest of the issue takes on similar topics. Author Brett Katzen, MD, offers insight into forming a partnership with private equities in Finance Your Life; Laurie K. Brown, MBA, discusses considerations related to equipment purchasing in the latest installment of Practice Development; and, in Global Retina, Benjamin J. Thomas, MD, profiles the work of Benjamin W. Roberts, MD, who built a retina practice from the ground up to better serve the underserved in western Kenya.
Michael A. Klufas, MD, interviews Quraish Ghadiali, MD; Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam, MD; and Yasha S. Modi, MD, about a complicated set of procedures used to treat a patient with a rhegmatogenous retinal detachment in Meanwhile, on Eyetube. Similarly, in the latest Retina Today Journal Club Update, we discuss 21st century changes in retinal detachment surgery with Paul Hahn, MD, PhD.
On a lighter note, photographer Kevin Caldwell offers a window into this year’s Aspen Retinal Detachment Society meeting in Snowmass, Colo. in NRMD at the Meetings. Readers can also check out the 3 for 3 section for some interesting tidbits from David S. Boyer, MD; Timothy G. Murray, MD, MBA; and Michael T. Trese, MD.
Well, what are you waiting for? Dive into this issue of NRMD for some perspective on taking the plunge with your next career move.
Co-Chief Medical Editor Richard S. Kaiser, MD
• professor of ophthalmology, Jefferson Medical College; co-director, retina fellowship, Wills Eye Hospital; both in Philadelphia, Pa.
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Co-Chief Medical Editor Jonathan L. Prenner, MD
• associate clinical professor, department of ophthalmology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, N.J.
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