When you attend an ophthalmology congress, what is it that you expect to gain? Does the opportunity to mingle with the elite inspire you to pay your congress fee, or do you want to learn new skills and improve your everyday practice? Certainly, people's motivations have been somewhat ambiguous in the past. With the style of the traditional meetings placing more emphasis on lecture-type presentations with no real discussion and less emphasis on the sharing of knowledge amongst participants, meeting attendees rarely had any input whatsoever.
Elsewhere, we focus on pharmaceutical therapies in ophthalmology. A bitter pill to swallow provides a good review of the medications most frequently used in an ophthalmologist's everyday practice and urges us to ask the question "Do we really know the side effects of the drugs we give our patients".
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