After Graduation

Nearing graduation? Recently graduated? Get ready for the next step of your optometry career with the AOA

If you’re about to graduate from optometry school, congratulations! Take advantage of your AOA membership and get a glimpse of all that AOAExcel® can offer you as a new doctor of optometry.

Stay informed and connected with the AOA—your resource for virtually everything needed to effectively balance patient care and the business of optometry. Keeping your membership in the AOA is easy.

If you were a member of the AOA as a student through the AOSA, your membership will remain active through the calendar year that you graduated. Just log in to your AOA account to update your personal profile and contact information. We know new doctors often make unplanned moves across the country as opportunities arise, so you can also update the state affiliate association you are a member.

Do you have questions about this process or your AOA membership? Reach out to us at 314.983.4167 or

If you need to contact your state affiliate association, find your affiliate. Just be sure to follow these steps by the end of the calendar year in which you graduate.

See how optometry students and new doctors are getting a head start with AOAExcel

With AOAExcel, resources like an extensive career center and information on managing your future practice are all accessible to you—plus a collection of other perks. There’s Optometry’s Career Center (OCC), where you can search hundreds of open positions throughout the country, receive assistance with business and liability insurance for recent graduates, learn about student loan refinancing services and much more.

Opportunities for doctors of optometry begin with the OCC through AOAExcel. OCC is the ultimate nexus for optometric professionals and the premier professional development resource for doctors of optometry. AOA members nearing graduation can take comfort in knowing the OCC is available for budding doctors to post and search for career opportunities and find supportive services. It will help you find your next perfect fit. Upload your résumé, search for opportunities or apply for a position. 

AOAExcel also assists with the world of business and liability insurance. AOAExcel-endorsed malpractice insurance covers the full spectrum of procedures and services permitted by your state, and automatically updates your coverage to reflect changes in your state’s laws. Save time and achieve peace of mind with full scope-of-practice coverage from Lockton Affinity. What’s more, new graduates save 50 percent on malpractice insurance premiums their first year in practice and 25 percent their second year.

Find additional continued support throughout your career with other AOA benefits such as finding practice efficiency with the online learning resource EyeLearn, patient education materials through AOA Marketplace, and publications to keep you current, such as AOA News and AOA Focus.



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