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Attendees can FOCUS on education at Optometry’s Meeting® in San Diego!

March 13, 2013
Photo courtesy of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

Photo courtesy of the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

FOCUS. Looking to Tomorrow…Together is the 2013 theme for Optometry’s Meeting®. In that spirit, the AOA put together an outstanding lineup of speakers and exciting new specialty tracks that explore and demonstrate effective collaboration.

With the new inclusive registration fee, you don’t have to choose your continuing education (CE) sessions in advance. Instead, you can decide what you’d like to attend on-site.

Remember seating inside courses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to arrive at your CE sessions early!

Customized learning

Experience in-depth, diverse programming and take advantage of learner-centered education.

Gain the practical pearls you need to stay advanced and competitive in the industry and make your practice more profitable.

Optometry’s Meeting® 2013 offers more chances to delve deep into a topic with the expansion of specialty-focused tracks.

Customize your education schedule based on your learning needs and interests.

Specialty tracks include:

  • Glaucoma – Presented in partnership with the Optometric Glaucoma Society
  • Ocular Nutrition – Presented in partnership with the Ocular Nutrition Society
  • Ocular Surface – Presented in partnership with the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry
  • Refractive Technology – Presented in partnership with the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology
  • Retina – Presented in partnership with the Optometric Retina Society
  • Vision Development – Presented in Partnership with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development
  • Rapid-Fire – If you’re a fan of the rapid-fire question-and-answer format familiar from sports TV shows, you won’t want to miss our Pardon the Objection (PTO) courses. Instead of lectures, you’ll get a panel discussion and debate on a new topic every few minutes — with a graphic “rundown” of yet-to-be-discussed topics just like you see on TV.

Seven courses will be presented in this unique style on topics such as anterior segment; contact lenses; glaucoma diagnostic and technology review; glaucoma treatment/ medication/ surgery; and posterior segment.

Interactive courses

Within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center is Seaport Village. It’s home to more than 70 shops and restaurants located right on the waterfront.Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona, SDCVB

Within walking distance of the San Diego Convention Center is Seaport Village. It’s home to more than 70 shops and restaurants located right on the waterfront.
Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona, SDCVB

Back by popular demand, Optometry’s Meeting® will once again present interactive sessions on multiple topics, allowing audience members to participate in real time.

In select sessions you can ask panelists questions, suggest discussion topics, and take real-time surveys by texting — all promising to make these sessions exceptionally relevant.

Learn and eat

Also back by popular demand, our Breakfast Sessions will be held on Thursday and Friday featuring a variety of topics.

See the Preliminary Program available at www.optometrysmeeting.org to get more details on times and subjects.

Practice makes perfect

If you are looking to buy, buy-in or sell a practice, our two-part Practice Pathways course is tailor-made for your needs.

You’ll discover how to be successful in each stage of the practice lifecycle, including practice entry, practice management, development planning and succession planning.

All attendees can attend the Practice Pathways course at no additional charge.

CPR/AED for health professionals 

You asked, we listened. Two CPR/AED for Health Care Provider classes will be held Thursday.

There is an additional fee for this specialty course, and the American Red Cross Certification is included.

Informal learning

The Scientific Poster Session provides informal opportunities for optometric professionals to present data and conduct extended discussions of their research with interested colleagues, using illustrative wall displays.

Scientific poster sessions will take place Saturday afternoon.

New this year you can also check out the posters on your mobile device using the Optometry’s Meeting® app.

Education at your fingertips

The Optometry’s Meeting® Mobile App is now available for download on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry devices. You can use it to create your schedule, search events by function or speaker, and stay up to date on the latest conference happenings — making your conference experience better than ever.

At Optometry’s Meeting® 2013, one low price includes your continuing education sessions, admittance to the Exhibit Hall, the Welcome Reception, Opening General Session, Varilux® Optometry Student Bowl™, and the Celebration of Optometry (Presidential Celebration). What a great value!

Visit www.optometrysmeeting.org for the full schedule of events, conference highlights and the endless list of more than 200 hours of continuing education courses.

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