The American Optometric Association (AOA) has opened the Call for Courses in the continuing education (CE) program at Optometry's Meeting 2020 in Washington, D.C. CE courses will be held Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020.
The AOA is committed to providing quality education for doctors of optometry, optometric staff and future optometrists. To better develop an educational system that can deliver yearlong integrated learning and professional development for doctors of optometry and staff alike, Optometry's Meeting 2020 will feature a track of courses for doctors and paraoptometrics focusing on systemic diseases. We invite you to submit lecture and workshop courses in the online application below. All applications must be submitted online by July 17, 2019.
If you have questions regarding the Call for Courses, please contact Fran Ghannam, AOA Education Center Operations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AOA is a Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)-qualified administrator, and all CE accepted for doctor of optometry courses will be submitted for COPE approval. The AOA will consider all areas of ophthalmic education including those that adhere to addressing emerging technologies, innovations in optometric patient care and business management.
This year we are looking to develop a new track that emphasizes the following, though submissions need not be limited to these topics: systemic diseases; categories: autoimmune, cardiovascular, diabetes, genetic diseases, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and thyroid.
Joint doctor/paraoptometric courses include systemic diseases (such as ocular manifestations), patient education regarding nutritional and healthy choices for the hypertensive and diabetic patient, OCT/angiography workshop, and billing and coding for diagnostic testing.
All courses accepted for paraoptometric assistant/technician staff will be submitted to the Commission on Paraoptometric Certification (CPC) and American Board of Opticianry/National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO/NCLE) for approval.
This year, we are placing an emphasis on the following paraoptometric assistant/technician staff: categories: effective history taking in EHR, chairside assisting (YAG & SLT), room prepping for special procedures, 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, and dissecting lab. Submissions need not be limited to these topics. All submitted courses will be considered for acceptance.
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 September 13, 2019. Acceptance will be based on the following criteria:
- Optometrist and Paraoptometric Speakers must be members of the AOA.
- Courses accepted for Optometry's Meeting should be original and not presented previously at Optometry's Meeting.
- The complete electronic submission must be received by the AOA by July 17, 2019. Submissions will not be accepted in any other manner or after that date.
- Lectures may be submitted as one- or two-hour segments.
- Workshops may be designated for two- or three-hour segments. Workshop proposals should indicate that participants will be provided with hands-on experience in techniques and procedures. Workshop size is limited to a maximum of 40 participants. (Please specify the course is a workshop when submitting by adding the word "workshop" to the title.)
- New This Year! A continuing education workshop equipment/supply request form will need to be submitted to the AOA by March 27, 2020. The AOA will supply basic supplies; however, you are expected to assist with the acquisition of any equipment and special supplies for your workshop. This may require you to bring your own supplies or provide vendor contact information with your request form to help coordinate the necessary equipment and supplies.
- The submission must be complete; otherwise the entry will be ineligible.
- You agree to present the course at the time(s) scheduled by the Education Center Committee. If you have scheduling conflicts, please indicate them in the comments box on the submission form. Once scheduled, course times cannot be changed.
- Indicate in the online form if your course can be considered for Continuing Education with Examination (CEE) credit. Only two-hour courses will be considered. If your course is selected, you agree to provide the AOA with a 20-question, multiple-choice only exam with answers. The questions will be included in the CEE examination, which will be administered by the AOA or a designated representative.
- You agree to submit five multiple choice questions with answers if your course falls under a research grant supported category.
- As part of the online submission process, you are required to upload
- An initial course outline. The preliminary outline must provide enough detail to allow the Education Center Committee to determine if the course is suitable for presentation and to submit to COPE for approval. Follow the COPE outline guidelines.
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae of the primary speaker.
- If this course has multiple speakers/panelists, all names must be on the submitted outline.
- A brief biography of the primary speaker.
- When the AOA is submitting for COPE approval, the course will be approved for AOA education only.
- If a course is accepted, the Speaker must complete an AOA Speaker's Confirmation Agreement by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.
- Upon acceptance, additional speakers must submit their curriculum vitae, biography and contact information (phone and email) by Friday Nov. 15, 2019 and complete an AOA Speaker's Confirmation Agreement by Friday. November 29, 2019.
- Final course outline will be due by Feb. 14, 2020.
- Speakers must respond in a timely manner to achieve COPE approval.
- Course handouts are required and must be submitted electronically by April 10, 2020.
- Speakers cannot promote their books, consulting services, etc., during education sessions.
AOA Speaker Reimbursement Policy
AOA speaker reimbursement, stipend and registration:
- Honorarium for standard courses—$350/hour per instructor who is selected/invited to present by the AOA Education Center Committee.
- All speakers will be expected to speak for a minimum of four hours at Optometry's Meeting.
- Honorarium for labs—$350/hour (per instructor, maximum of 3 instructors), or $350/hour solo lab.
- Honorarium for panels—$350/hour.
- Travel Stipend—The travel stipend includes the estimated cost of one round trip coach airfare based on the current average airfare rate from the speaker's home address to Optometry's Meeting or mileage based on the current rate. The stipend also includes $350 for each day the speaker is speaking at Optometry's Meeting. Please note that speakers will not have to submit their travel receipts after the meeting. The speaker travel stipend is determined and agreed upon before the meeting.
- Speakers will receive free full registration for Optometry's Meeting and must register in advance during the early bird registration time frame.
||July 17, 2019
|Notification of selected courses
||By Sept. 20, 2019 via email
|Accepted speaker must complete an AOA Speaker's Confirmation Agreement
||By Nov. 1, 2019
|If approved, bio, CV and contact information for additional speakers due to AOA
||By Nov. 15, 2019
|Additional speakers must complete and sign AOA Speaker Confirmation Agreement
||By Nov. 29, 2019
|Final course outlines due to AOA
||By Feb. 14, 2020
|Workshop equipment/supply form due
||By March 27, 2020
|Final course handouts due to AOA (must be submitted electronically)
||By April 10, 2020
|2020 Optometry's Meeting
||June 24-28, 2020
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