2021 Call for Courses - NOW CLOSED

124th Annual AOA Congress & 51st Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting®

June 24-26, 2021 Anaheim, California

2nd Annual AOA Virtual Learning Livecast Dates to be announced in 2021

American Optometric Association (AOA) has opened the Call for Courses for the continuing education (CE) program at Optometry's Meeting 2021 in Anaheim, California. CE courses will be held Thursday, June 24, through Saturday, June 26, 2021.

The AOA is committed to providing quality education for doctors of optometry, paraoptometric staff and future doctors. To better develop an educational system that can deliver yearlong integrated learning and professional development for the doctor and staff alike, Optometry's Meeting 2021 will look to feature a series of courses focusing on progressive topics and contemporary optometry. We invite you to submit lecture and workshop courses in the online application below. All application submissions must be submitted online by Nov. 1, 2020.
If you have questions regarding the call for courses, please contact Keegan Palzkill, Education Program Analyst, at kpalzkill@aoa.org.


While the AOA is a COPE- (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education) qualified administrator and a number of courses accepted for doctor of optometry education may be submitted for COPE approval, ALL courses offered will qualify for AOA CE credit. The AOA will consider all areas of ophthalmic education, including those that address emerging technologies, innovations in optometric patient care, and business management.

Continuing with the changes implemented last year, we are looking to develop a series of courses that place an emphasis on the following doctor education topic (however, submissions need not be limited to this suggested topic): systemic disease. Categories of topics: autoimmune, cardiovascular, diabetes, genetic diseases, hypertension, neurodegenerative disorders, thyroid dysfunction, and high-risk medications (however, submissions need not be limited to these suggested topics). These courses could be two or more individual presentations that range from overview to deep dive into variants, management, clinical and staff directives, technology and EHR integration. 

We welcome innovative courses that would bring interprofessional collaboration for the sake of better understanding and learning; for example, a doctor paired with an endocrinologist detailing diabetes and/or thyroid dysfunction; a doctor paired with a neurologist for an in-depth review of neurological conditions; or a doctor speaking with a cardiologist for the review of ocular findings associated with cardiac conditions. We also encourage speakers to consider more interactive lecture techniques such as: Case study small group rotations, practical demonstrations, and problem-based learning. Additionally, courses that integrate cultural and social themes in public health and communication techniques necessary to effectively assist all optometric patients are encouraged.

Doctor/paraoptometric joint course topics: systemic diseases (with ocular manifestations), patient education regarding nutritional and healthy choices for the hypertensive and diabetic patient, OCT/angio workshop, and billing and coding for diagnostic testing. With an increased demand for more information on public health disparity, we would welcome courses involving social determinants of health. Additionally, we are seeking courses that focus on full conversion to EHR.

All courses accepted for paraoptometric assistant/technician staff will be submitted to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification and may be submitted to American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners for approval.

This year we are placing an emphasis on the following paraoptometric assistant/technician staff categories (submissions need not be limited to these topics): history taking in EHR, triage, office management, chairside assisting (YAG and SLT), pediatric eye exams, billing and coding (especially ICD changes and procedures), hands-on workshops, TBI/low vision, vision therapy tools, corneal topography and specular microscope, fundus photo, dissecting lab, scribing terminology and data entry in EHR, and new equipment training.

All submitted courses that meet the requirements and have been submitted on time will be considered for acceptance for Optometry's Meeting 2021 and/or the 2021 Virtual Learning Livecast program.

Course Criteria and Requirements

Due to the volume of submissions, not all submitted courses will be accepted. All applicants will be notified of accepted courses via email by Dec. 4, 2020. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:  

Accepted Courses
AOA Speaker Reimbursement Policy
AOA speaker reimbursement, stipend and registration information:
# of Hours Speaking Registration Fee Hotel Accommodations Ground Travel Airfare
1 Yes N/A N/A N/A
2 Yes $350 for 1-night stay N/A N/A
3 Yes $350 for hotel stay each day speaking at conference N/A N/A
4+ Yes $350 for hotel stay each day speaking at conference For arrival and departure days 1 estimated round trip coach airfare based on current average airfare from speaker's home address to Optometry's Meeting

Speakers will receive complimentary full registration for Optometry's Meeting; speakers must register during Early Bird Registration time frame.

Important Dates

Submission deadline November 1st, 2020
Notification of selected courses By December 4, 2020 (via email)
Bio, CV and contact information for additional speakers due to AOA November 1st, 2020
Final course outlines due to AOA February 14th, 2021
Workshop Equipment/Supply Request form March 26th, 2021
Final course handouts due to AOA April 11th, 2021
2021 Optometry's Meeting June 24th-26th, 2021
2021 Virtual Learning Livecast TBD