For educators

As an optometric educator, you are responsible for shaping the future of the profession by teaching and being mentors. The AOA is here to support your dedication to optometry.

AOA Faculty & Student Membership Liaisons

Mentorship – Connection – Advocacy

Did you know that nearly every school and college of optometry has an AOA Faculty and Student Membership Liaison available to support you and your students? Their mission is to strengthen the connection between schools and colleges of optometry and the AOA by acting as ambassadors for the next generation of optometrists, to increase awareness of the AOA as the advocate for organized optometry and to promote membership and participation of faculty, residents, and students within the organization and its affiliates.

Get acquainted with your 2021 AOA Faculty & Student Membership Liaison HERE.

Classroom tools 

Whether you're looking for non-clinical business basics or ways to help your students learn more about the "business side" of optometry, we've got you covered. Here you'll find classroom tools designed to help your students be successful after graduation—and beyond. 

Visit AOAExcel ® and discover practice management resources, including: 

  • Optometry's Career Center business opportunities.
  • Practice financing and insurance.
  • HIPAA compliance education.
  • Retirement savings solutions.
  • Credit card processing technology.

Residency resources

The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) provides accreditation and residency resources, including

  • Professional Optometric Degree Programs.
  • Optometric Residency Programs.
  • Optometric Technician Programs.
  • Student Achievement Data.

AOA+ Leadership Society 

The AOA+ Leadership Society is a program for students who want to build leadership skills, advance their careers through networking, personal and professional development, and gain specialized education outside of the classroom. Students participate in the AOA+ Leadership Society in-person during Optometry’s Meeting®, although a virtual option was offered during 2020 and a hybrid option is being considered for the future.

Encourage your students to participate and add this achievement to their resume! Participation is allowed during each year of optometric education, and the requirements change yearly. Recipients of the AOA+ Leadership Society award receive national recognition, a certificate of completion and lapel pin.

Check out your school’s recipients HERE

If you have any suggestions for new classroom tool content development or additional resources that would be helpful to you, please contact Danette Miller.Coordinator of Student and New Doctor Services.

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