AOA plus you equals a brighter future for our patients and our profession. Like no other industry opportunity, Optometry's Meeting—the official meeting of AOSA and AOA members—is a unique experience for optometry students, residents, educators and new graduates to take their professional involvement to the next level. The AOA+ programming at Optometry's Meeting brings together the profession’s next generation of leaders for a four-day, immersive experience in career development, skill building, networking and advocacy. But our meeting is just the beginning; AOA+ is a yearlong program designed to help you find success in optometry.

Learn what it takes to stand up and be counted alongside the AOA as one of optometry’s advocates. See how AOA+ can help you shape optometry’s future and how the AOA can help get you here.

#DYK You can get a travel grant to attend #OptometrysMeeting? Here's how ⬇️

Each year, optometry students can apply for an array of grant opportunities to help attend Optometry's Meeting, the annual meeting of AOA and AOSA members. Check out the grant opportunities and eligibility criteria on our grants page below.


What can students expect from Optometry's Meeting in Music City?

Optometry is better and stronger together; that’s why the AOA is committed to delivering a comprehensive experience for all optometry students, faculty and new doctors that can be impactful for your career. No matter your professional interests or aspirations, Optometry's Meeting has programming to help you take that next step in your career. See what’s in store for optometry students in Nashville, Tennessee.

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXXIII, powered by EssilorLuxottica

8-10 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Thursday, June 20
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville

Colleges of optometry from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico compete to be the smartest, loudest and most creative. This high-speed, high-stakes test of optometric knowledge pits one champion from each school against all others, poised to buzz in with the right answer and bring home $1,000 and the coveted crystal trophy. The equally celebrated Spirit Award honors the school with the most energy, best costumes and flashiest entrance. Be sure to attend EssilorLuxottica Live!, a student-only after party following the Student Bowl (requisite EssilorLuxottica education at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 22, to receive entry wristband).

The AOA Experience: Opening Session, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision 

5:30-7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 19

Music City Convention Center

Optometry's Meeting kicks off in Nashville with the energy and inspiration of the AOA Experience: Opening Session, supported by Johnson & Johnson Vision. Join attendees for the opening ceremony and a special keynote from leading AI transformation advisor and former Microsoft Executive Tom Lawry. Following the Opening Session is an all-new opening reception in the Eye Care Square exhibit hall from 7-9 p.m.

AOA+ Residency Day

Friday, June 21
Music City Convention Center

Interested in learning more about residencies and what is the right fit for you? Join the AOA+ Residency Day where the AOA and AOSA deliver everything you need to know about determining your path to residency, from a residency forum and panel discussion to a Residency Summit. Hear from residents presenting case reports while the panel provides insight into how residency has taken doctors to the next level of their optometric careers. The concluding Residency Summit will see residency directors from across the U.S. and Canada, ready to talk to you about their programs.

AOAExcel® Career Fair

Friday, June 21
Music City Convention Center

Want to explore other job opportunities and practice modalities all in one place? The AOAExcel Career Center Fair delivers opportunities to visit with employers and industry leaders across the optometric spectrum to learn about the countless job opportunities available to future doctors of optometry.

AOA+ Pop-up Sessions

8-10:30 a.m. and 2-4:30 p.m.
Music City Convention Center

Designed for students and new doctors, AOA+ Pop-ups are fast-paced, diverse and engaging education sessions. Topics span from becomming an advocate for your profession, practice management and conquering student debt to interactive workshops. Pop-up Sessions will take place throughout Optometry's Meeting.

AOA+ Leadership Links

12-1 p.m., Thursday, June 20 (Lunch provided)
Music City Convention Center

Leadership links is a networking program designed to help students and new doctors make the transition from optometry student or recent graduate into their role as a doctor of optometry. This is an exclusive opportunity to network with some of the profession's leaders from across the country. Students and doctors will be grouped at tables and provided topics to discuss throughout the one-hour networking session. There will be multiple sessions offered and space is limited, so be sure to register and secure your spot!

AOA+ Leadership Society

Requisite criteria for 2024 available below

Join the AOA+ Leadership Society, a program for students who want to build their leadership skills, advance their careers through networking, grow through personal and professional development, and gain specialized education outside the classroom. See the 2024 program requirements here.

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

AOSA members meeting

Impactful networking opportunities for optometry students

AOSA Optometry Student Bowl

What are AOA+ Pop-Ups at Optometry's Meeting?

Experience interactive workshops and discover invaluable insights for achieving success in practice through our tailored pop-up courses designed specifically for students and new doctors. These AOA+ Pop-Up sessions offer a unique educational experience, delivering condensed yet enriching content in just 40 minutes, ensuring you acquire knowledge beyond the traditional classroom setting. See what AOA+ Pop-Ups are being offered at Optometry's Meeting, June 19-22, in Nashville.

AOA+ Pop-Ups

Optometry's Meeting® 2024 registration

Visit the Optometry's Meeting registration page below to find more information about attending our profession's premier annual event, June 19-22, in Nashville, Tennessee. Register now to receive advanced registration pricing, discounted off on-site fees, and find other ways you can save with information on member pricing, travel grants and more.

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