FAQs

Q: What is the deadline for complete submission?

A: The call for courses will close on July 26, 2021.

Q: What topics should I submit for consideration?

A: The American Optometric Association (AOA) is accepting all topics for doctors of optometry, paraoptometrics, technicians and optometric staff.

The AOA is placing an emphasis on the following:

Doctor education:
We welcome innovative courses that would bring interprofessional collaboration for the sake of better understanding and learning. For example, a doctor of optometry paired with an endocrinologist detailing diabetes and or thyroid dysfunction; a doctor of optometry paired with a neurologist for an in-depth review of neurological conditions; or a doctor of optometry 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 courses:
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 Electronic health record (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.

Paraoptometric assistant/technician;
History taking in EHR, triage, office management, chair-side assisting (YAG & SLT), pediatric eye exams, billing and coding (especially ICD changes and procedures), hands-on workshops traumatic brain injury/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.

Q: What information is required?

A: Complete the online submission form:

Q: What should I write for the course description?

A: Please provide a short description for the presentation/course and use measurable terms which can be evaluated and are relevant to the suggested topic.

Q: What should I write for learning objectives?

A: Well-developed learning outcomes are participant-oriented, observable, and measurable. Three learning objectives are required per CE hour. Describe the skills, knowledge, and/or learning outcomes attendees will be able to demonstrate as a result of this activity. (For example: "At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to...") It is best to describe your learning outcomes using action verbs.

Q: Who are the audiences?

A: The audiences are for whom the material is best suited. For example, the topic of business management (PM) can be discussed and adapted to many audiences. When submitting a presentation, select one primary audience for whom the material is best suited. Multiple secondary audiences can be selected if the presentation is applicable across many different positions in an optometric practice.

What will be required if your course is selected

The portal completion before or by the due dates is listed as the following:

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Keegan Palzkill, education program analyst, kpalzkill@aoa.org .

Q: If accepted, how much time will I be given to present?

A: All ABO/NCLE courses are either 60 or 120 minutes in duration, and AOA, COPE, CPC are 50-100 minutes in duration (excluding reviews/learning labs.). In the Call for Courses process, you must submit the length of your presentation. This is purely for planning purposes.

Q: Can I promote any products or services during my presentation?

A: No, the AOA does not allow the promotion of products and services during educational sessions. Lecturers can talk about products and services that have been used to solve a problem or address the presentation topic. Whenever possible, presenters should suggest alternative products and services as well, no product names or companies (including logo) can be listed on presentations or handouts, no exceptions.

Q: When will I know if my presentation has been accepted for Optometry's Meeting 2022?

A: The submitter will receive notification from the continuing education team no later than Sept. 30, 2021.

Q: If my course is accepted, will I receive any compensation (honorarium, travel and/or housing) for presenting at Optometry's Meeting 2022?

A: AOA Speaker Reimbursement Policy 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 early-bird registration time frame.

Q: How are session rooms set up? What audio-visual equipment will be available for my presentation?

A: All session rooms are typically set theater-style to maximize seating. There may be a few rooms with limited classroom seating and set as classroom or u-shape. A podium is standard in each room for lecturers. Additionally, the following AV equipment will be set in each room:

Facilitated/panel presentations may require additional audiovisual and will be determined by the AOA Education Center Committee. Any additional requests will be considered at the discretion of the continuing education program manager and the availability of such resources.

Learning labs equipment (workshops/hands-on)

All lecturers selected to participate in a learning lab session will receive a form to complete, listing the standard items provided by AOA and the items required for the session.

Learning labs:

Additional guidelines and requirements regarding the lecturer's PowerPoint presentation will be included in the lecturer contract.