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.

What can you expect from AOA+ at Optometry's Meeting?

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, AOA+ has programming to help you take that next step in your career. See what’s in store for AOA+ in 2024.

AOA+ Affiliate Connections

Date TBD
Music City Convention Center

Join optometry students and doctors of optometry from across the country to network with leaders in the profession from your desired state or affiliate you plan to or are practicing in. Have questions about getting involved, being an advocate for your state, how to get licensed where you want to practice? AOA+ Affiliate Connection is your place to meet with doctors and have all your questions answered. 

The AOA Experience & Opening Reception

Date TBD
Music City Convention Center

Optometry's Meeting kicks off in Nashville with the energy and inspiration of the AOA Experience & Opening Reception. Join attendees for the opening ceremony, special entertainment and reception that sets the tone for the days ahead. Reconnect and network with colleagues  from across the nation, as well as enjoy music, food and beverages.

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+ Student-Recommended Courses

Times Vary
Music City Convention Center

Designed for students, new doctors and faculty, these recommended courses deliver a variety of content from soft skills and becoming an advocate in your community to top-notch optometric education. Choose your own path from a variety of recommended courses throughout the Optometry’s Meeting schedule.

AOA+ Leadership Link

Thursday, June 20
Music City Convention Center

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 you are out of school? Sign up to attend an AOA+ Leadership Link session and participate in a small group setting to have those questions answered by seasoned doctors. Separate registration required; coming soon.

AOA+ Leadership Society

Requisite criteria for 2024 coming soon

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. Stay tuned for program requirements.

Getting amped for Optometry's Meeting in Music City?

Open your 2024 Conference Preview to see how the profession's premier event is cranking it to 11 in Nashville, Tennessee, June 19-22. Optometry's Meeting registration opens in a few short days with the lowest registration rates available through March 31.

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