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AOA opens registration for Optometry's Meeting 2024

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Registration is officially available for the American Optometric Association (AAO) and American Optometric Student Association’s (AOSA) annual Optometry's Meeting 2024.

Give me a rundown on this event.

Optometry’s Meeting invites all optometric and industry professionals—doctors, paraoptometrics and office staff, and optometry students—to its annual four-day event that offers the following:

  • Continuing education (CE)
    • Continuing Education Examination (CEE)
    • Transcript Quality (TQ)
    • AOA
    • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
    • Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)
  • Professional development
  • Networking
  • Career-building
  • Exhibit hall
  • Leadership opportunities
  • AOA Awards

When and where is it this year?

Kicking off June 19-22, the 2024 meeting will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tell me more about this CE.

The meeting will include 250+ hours’ worth of credits with expert-led education involving hands-on workshops, integrated education, and peer-to-peer forums for optometrists, paraoptometrists, and optometry students, according to the AOA.

Attendees can earn up to 36 credits (optometrists) and 32 credits (paraoptometrists) across all four days.

According to Randall Kempfer, OD, co-chair of the Education Center Committee, the AOA strives to deliver education that’s both well-rounded and on-trend for the field.

“We’re proud to share that this year will boast the most diverse speaker pool since the AOA’s implementation of an updated review process in 2020,” he stated.

Where can I sneak a peek at the education sessions?

Education sessions will begin on Wednesday, June 19, at 9 am and conclude at 3 pm on Saturday, June 22.

Click here to view the schedule.

Any legislative updates planned?

The 127th annual AOA Congress and 56th annual AOSA Conference will assemble during the House of Delegates to discuss:

  • Latest updates in optometry
  • Essential governance updates
  • AOA Board of Trustees news
    • Election and installation of members to be held on Saturday, June 22
  • Presentation of AOA Awards, which includes:
    • National Optometry Hall of Fame Awards
    • AOA Excellence Awards
    • AOA President’s Awards
    • Paraoptometric Awards
    • AOA Advocacy Awards
    • Cornea Lens & Cornea Section (CLCS) Awards

Any notable special events?

  • Wednesday
    • First-time attendee & new member mixer
    • The AOA Experience: Opening Session
    • Eye Care Square: Exhibit Hall Opening Reception
  • Thursday
    • House of Delegates
    • Paraoptometric events & programming
    • Alumni reception
    • AOSA Optometry Student Bowl XXXIII
  • Friday
    • AOA Advocacy & Hall of Fame Awards Reception
    • Young professionals reception
    • Celebration of Optometry
  • Saturday
    • Optometry Cares — The AOA Foundation 5K

See here for the complete list, including times/locations (starting on page 15).

Give me the rundown on this “Eye Care Square.”

This year’s exhibit hall—dubbed the “Eye Care Square”—will include 150+ exhibitors presenting the latest products, solutions, trends, and how to implement them in your practice.

Open Wednesday through Saturday, the hall will also include six unopposed hours where attendees can visit the Education Theater or EYETalk Stage to earn CE while sitting in on hot-topic discussions or cutting-edge products, according to the AOA.

So how do I register?

Click here for information and rates on registering as a member or non-member.

Early-bird registration is open Jan. 22-March 31.