2022 Call for Courses

Deadline Extended: Submissions due by Aug. 22, 2021.

June 15-19, 2022
Chicago, Illinois

3rd annual AOA Virtual Learning Livecast dates to be announced in 2022

The American Optometric Association (AOA) has opened the Call for Courses for the continuing education (CE) program at Optometry's Meeting 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. CE courses will be held Wednesday, June 15, through Sunday, June 19, 2022.

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 2022 will look to feature 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 Aug. 22, 2021.

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.

Doctor education: 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 education: We are seeking content discussing office-based surgical education for doctors that allows for paras to learn chairside support for these advanced procedures. Additionally, courses supporting sterilization techniques/creating sterile fields for office-based surgical procedures, the skill of delegation in an office setting, scribing, full EHR conversion with an emphasis on data entry, and billing and coding would be welcomed. Finally, courses that integrate cultural and social themes in public health and communication techniques necessary to effectively assist all optometric patients are encouraged.

All courses accepted for paraoptometric assistant/technician staff will be submitted to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification 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 (office-based procedures), 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 2022 and/or the 2022 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 Sept. 30, 2021. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:

Accepted Courses

AOA speaker reimbursement, stipend and registration information:

No. 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 per night for 2-night stay N/A N/A
4+ Yes $350 per night for 3-night stay OR $350 for each day speaking at conference, whichever is greater For arrival and departure days One estimated roundtrip 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 the early-bird registration time frame.

Important dates

Submission deadline Aug. 22, 2021
Notification of selected courses By Sept. 30, 2021 (via email)
Bio, CV and contact information for additional speakers due to AOA Aug. 22, 2021
Final course outlines due to AOA Feb. 15, 2022
Workshop Equipment/Supply Request form March 20, 2022
Final course handouts due to AOA April 10, 2022
2022 Optometry's Meeting June 15-19, 2022
2022 Virtual Learning Livecast TBD

*Any courses not selected for Optometry's Meeting 2022 or the Virtual Learning Livecast will be considered for content in the EyeLearn Course Catalog.