Student Highlights

Join students from across the country this summer for your association's annual meeting.  The 124th AOA Congress & 51st AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® is June 24 - 28 in Denver, Colorado.

Student and doctor education, networking and entertainment—Optometry's Meeting brings it all!

Safety measures and protocols will be in place for all education, programs and events throughout Optometry's Meeting.

Opening Event, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision
Thursday, June 24

Come join your friends and colleagues as we kickoff this year's Optometry's Meeting, from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, with the Opening Event, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision. We're proud to welcome former NASA astronaut and epidemiologist Jerry Linenger, M.D., Ph.D., to the stage as our 2021 keynote speaker. Famed for his dramatic 5-month voyage aboard the decaying Russian space station, Mir, Dr. Linenger is instantly recognizable as a space analyst and advisor for various news outlets and documentary series. Dr. Linenger will share an especially poignant message of resiliency and recovery despite extraordinary circumstances.

Student Bowl

AOSA Optometry Student BowlTM XXX powered by Essilor 

College rivalries take center stage as optometry schools battle to be the smartest, loudest, and most creative in the thirtieth AOSA Optometry Student Bowl, powered by Essilor. The high-speed, high-stakes test of optometric knowledge pits one champion from each school against all others.


AOA+ Leadership Link

Calling all students, residents and new doctors! This is your chance to network with doctors of optometry who have been exactly where you are today. Do you have questions about taking that first step once out of school? Sign up to attend an AOA+ Leadership Link session and you will have the opportunity to sit in a small group setting and have those questions answered by seasoned doctors of optometry. And even better, breakfast will be served!   Seating is limited, so sign-up today

AOA+ Popup

AOA+ Pop-Up Sessions

These aren't your typical classroom educational courses (and not virtual!)—AOA+ Pop-Up Sessions are fast-paced, interactive and cover a wide-range of topics that you won't always find in school. In the past, Pop-Ups have looked at very practical concerns in starting an optometric career, such as work-life balance and business acumen, to more clinically in-depth topics, such as establishing a sports and performance vision practice or pediatric care workshops. Stay tuned for this year's selection of AOA+ Pop-Up Sessions.

Friday, June 25

9-10 a.m.-AOA+ Pop-Up 
Growing the Leader within You - Presented by Dori Carlson, O.D.Colorado Convention Center: Rooms 601, 603, 605, 607

10:15-11:15 a.m.-AOA+ Pop-Up
Try Not to Blink Live Podcast - Featuring James Deom, O.D., and Roya Habibi, O.D.Colorado Convention Center: Rooms 601, 603, 605, 607

3-5:15 p.m.-eyeFWD Education Modules sponsored by Luxottica
Changing Landscape of Optometry presented by Scott Seaburg, O.D., Senior Director of Clinical Operations
Marketing Your Practice presented by Kate Hamm, O.D., Senior Manager OD Engagement
Managing Student Debt presented by Rachael Wruble, O.D., Multi-Sublease Owner LensCrafters
Frame Styling presented by Jonathan Smith, Director of Education & Training NAColorado Convention Center: Rooms 601, 603, 605, 607
To receive access to the Lux Live! Party, students must attend these education modules.

Saturday, June 26

9-11:30 a.m.: AOA+ Pop-Ups

Colorado Convention Center: Rooms 601, 603, 605 and 607 

9-9:30 a.m.

9:40-10:10 a.m.

10:20-10:50 a.m.

10:20-10:50 a.m.

AOA+ Residency and State Affiliate Summit

AOA+ Residency and State Affiliate Summit

This summit gives you the opportunity to connect with residency directors from across the country.  Learn more about their programs and decide if a residency is the right fit for you.  Have you had the chance to connect with your state affiliate leaders recently?  We'll be hosting several affiliates at the summit!  Come talk to affiliate leaders to learn more about what is going on in your state...or a state you may consider practicing in.

Luxottica Live

Luxottica Live! Student Party

This can't miss student night out is always one to remember. Enjoy time with your future colleagues at Mile High Station in Denver

Optometry Cares 5K

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation 5K Run/Walk

In-person: Saturday, June 26, 6 a.m. MDT
Virtually: Anywhere, anytime, between now and Tuesday, June 29

Optometry Cares®—The AOA Foundation is bringing its 5K Run/Walk to Denver. Join us for a 3.1-mile run or walk with a positively scenic view! A race entry fee of $30 guarantees you a performance-blend T-shirt and 5K medal. Awards will be presented to top age-division finishers and overall winners. Be sure to sign up for the 5K when you register your Optometry's Meeting attendance.

Your generous support helps Optometry Cares—The AOA Foundation to fulfill its mission of expanding eye care awareness, education and research to eye and vision care to everyone in the United States in order to enhance human performance and quality of life. 

Create your own fundraising team or provide a one-time donation to Optometry Cares!

Exhibit HallFriday, June 25 & Saturday, June 26

Optometry's Meeting returns its renowned Exhibit Hall, featuring industry leaders and vendors that can help give you a leg up in practice. Take a break from your CE schedule and join us in the Hall to visit with our exhibitors and sponsors, find business and practice solutions, and grow your networking connections.

NEW! Enjoy the sounds of Denver in the Exhibit Hall as an eclectic ensemble of local musicians takes you on an auditory journey of The Mile High City. Musical acts include:

Celebration of Optometry, sponsored by AOAExcelSaturday, June 26

Join us as we celebrate our profession and recognize our 2021-2022 AOA and AOSA Boards of Trustees with a closing reception that offers attendees a uniquely Denver experience. We're calling it the 'Blue Bear Street Festival'-a cultural (and culinary) taste of Denver in the shadow of the Colorado Convention Center's iconic Blue Bear statute. Select from a menu of iconic Denver fare and enjoy three hours of local music, arts and culture. Here's our evening lineup: