Save the date: 2016 Optometry’s Meeting® + Boston

Save the date: 2016 Optometry’s Meeting® + Boston

Attendees will be talking about this Optometry's Meeting for years to come.

Making 2016 travel plans over the holidays? Be sure to circle June 29-July 3 as optometry's premier event offers a unique opportunity to experience the renowned patriotic atmosphere of one of the nation's oldest cities.

Boston, Massachusetts—coined "Hub of the Solar System" by author Oliver Wendell Holmes—is the center of all things optometry as the 119th Annual AOA Congress & 46th Annual AOSA Conference: Optometry's Meeting® pairs the latest in continuing education (CE), networking opportunities and expanded Exhibit Hall time, with celebrations of our nation's independence.

Four days of professional development leading up to Boston' unparalleled Fourth of July celebration make for one holiday weekend that attendees will talk about for years to come.

Here are four reasons not to miss Optometry's Meeting 2016:

  1. NEW! CE opportunities with industry-leading speakers. Take advantage of more CE at the beginning and end of Optometry's Meeting 2016. Ron Melton, O.D., and Randall Thomas, O.D., two of the most dynamic speakers in optometry, kick off CE with three courses beginning at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29. And stay for additional CE options through Sunday afternoon.
  2. Back by popular demand. Arrive early to see what all the hype is about as last year's popular 'OD Talks'—inspired by the well-known TED Talks—returns Wednesday, June 29, with a special prognosticating presentation on the profession's future.
  3. Opening General Session. Optometry's Meeting 2016 officially kicks off Wednesday evening, June 29, with the annual AOA awards ceremony, as well as the keynote presentation. Stay tuned to for an announcement on this year's keynote speaker.
  4. NEW! 30 percent increase in Exhibit Hall time. There's so much to do at Optometry's Meeting that it can be difficult to fit it all in, but revised Exhibit Hall hours mean attendees won't be crunched for time. Ten of fifteen Exhibit Hall hours—Thursday, June 30, through Saturday, July 2—don't conflict with CE programming this year, meaning attendees are free to participate in a myriad of events and prizes taking place in the Exhibit Hall.

Remember to arrive in time for the Opening General Session on Wednesday, June 29, and start planning your trip to Boston now. Registration and housing will open February 2016, and you can be the first to know with an instant email reminder.

Now accepting clinical and scientific posters
A perennially popular event for sharing unique casework and research among colleagues, this year's Poster Session continues a beneficial opportunity to get your work seen via a forum discussion and national publication.

Submit a poster and the top 5 selections—in addition to being displayed during the regular poster session and earning a $100 travel stipend—will receive additional honors, including:

  • Opportunity to make a 15- to 20-minute presentation at a rapid-fire, interactive education session at Optometry's Meeting, from 8 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 2.
  • An additional $100 travel stipend (excluding information posters) for a total of $200 as an honorarium for the presentation.
  • Inclusion of the scientific abstract in an AOA digital supplement to be promoted on and in member-exclusive AOA Focus magazine. Click here (member login required) to view last year's top 5 posters on pages 54-56 of the  July/August 2015 edition of AOA Focus.

And be sure to mark the calendar for the poster preview session on Friday, July 1, and the interactive session offering CE credit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 2.

Poster abstracts must be submitted electronically and must be received by Feb. 5. A full list of poster selection criteria and requirements can be found here, as well as the electronic submission form.

For more information, contact Stacy Harris, AOA meetings education manager, at 314.983.4254, or at

November 25, 2015

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