AOA on Capitol Hill - Students 2019

Sponsored By: American Optometric Association

April 7 - 9, 2019

Washington, DC

J.W. Marriott
Washington, DC

Make your voice heard.

AOA on Capitol Hill is a unique opportunity for 200 students to team up with doctors of optometry in Washington, D.C., and advocate for our profession. Together, we will actively discuss optometry's priorities with members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Attendees will network, advocate and drive our profession forward.

Due to the limited space on the Hill, we will be limiting student registration to the first 200 students who register.

All students are eligible to receive a travel stipend up to $425, which is sponsored by AOAExcel® and AOA. You can use this stipend to cover transportation to/from Washington, D.C., and lodging on Sunday, April 7, and Monday, April 8. To receive your travel stipend after the meeting, you will need to complete the following items:


  1. Complete Part 2 of the meeting registration that will be emailed to you once you register.

  2. Set up an account at AOAExcel's Career Center by clicking here!
    • Already have an account? Please make an edit to update your profile, including setting up job alerts.
    • Take a screenshot of your registration or job alerts to submit as part of your travel reimbursements.

  3. Click here and obtain an "instant quote" from AOAExcel's professional liability insurance provider.
    • Take a screenshot of the final quote page to submit as part of your travel reimbursements.

  4. Attend the all required events at AOA on Capitol Hill* 
    • Sunday, April 7 - 6:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
    • Monday, April 8 - Morning & afternoon student program
    • Monday, April 8 - Attend the political luncheon
    • Monday, April 8 - 5:15pm - AOA+ Leadership Link (sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision)
    • Monday, April 8 or Tuesday, April 9 - Attend a Hill visit with your state affiliate
    • Tuesday, April 9 - Breakfast of Champions

  5. Submit all paid receipts for transportation and lodging, AOSA cover page, and required screenshots by May 31, for post-meeting reimbursements. More details on the reimbursement process will be emailed in coming weeks to students registrants.

    The deadline to register is March 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact AOSA Executive Director, Rebecca Hildebrand, at or by phone, 314.983.4154.

*If the state you are attending a Hill visit with has a scheduled meeting during one of the required events, please submit advanced notice of this conflict to Rebecca Hildebrand ( Your participation in the Hill visit will be confirmed with the state leadership and an exception to the travel grant policy will be granted. 

Click here for doctor registration

Agenda and Highlights AOA Capitol Hill 2019 - PDF


Phone: 314.983.4154