AOAExcel™ offers ‘one-stop’ resource for new grads

April 7, 2013

The AOAExcel™ website (www.excelod.com) offers a veritable “one-stop shop” for new practitioners.
The website’s “Success Manager” section provides convenient access to an array of services designed to help new optometry school graduates find practice opportunities, arrange necessary financing, develop essential practice management skills, and obtain necessary insurance coverage – all on the budget of a new practitioner.

Optometry’s Career Center®

Searching for the right opportunity to start your career?

Join the thousands of ODs who’ve successfully launched their careers using Optometry’s Career Center (www.OptometrysCareerCenter.com), the industry’s leading optometry placement service for opportunities throughout the practice life cycle.

Gain access to a number of our valuable supporting services:

  • Salary negotiation tips
  • Career coaching
  • Curriculum vitae and cover letter services
  • Social networking and profile development

Practice Pathways

Members can learn the process of transferring a practice ownership from a doctor who has been there, the principles of winning relationships and leadership, the importance of communication, and gain access to hands-on tools to retain patients. The program will cover practical knowledge, legal, financial and tax aspects (www.ExcelOD.com/Practice-Pathways).

AOA Group Insurance by AGIA

One-stop shopping for life, long-term disability, term life, hospital indemnity, medical, and dental insurance — all at group rates. Learn more at www.ExcelOD.com/Group-Insurance.

AOA Malpractice Insurance by Lockton Affinity

Recent optometry graduates have a lot of big decisions to make. While there may be other choices, AOA Malpractice Insurance is the only one with practicing optometrists helping to manage the program.

The policy offers full-scope-of-practice coverage with coverage transferring from state to state.

New practitioners can take advantage of a 50 percent premium discount on their first year of coverage and a 25 percent discount on their second year (www.ExcelOD.com/Malpractice-Insurance).

AOA Practice Finance by Wells Fargo

In cooperation with AOAExcel™, Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the nation’s largest lender dedicated exclusively to serving health care practices, offers customized financing programs for the purchase, start-up, or expansion of optometric practices, with graduated repayment programs based on practice revenues (www.ExcelOD.com/Practice-Finance).

Business & Career Success Webinars

Skilled professionals share valuable tips and firsthand experiences on starting and maintaining a successful optometry practice. These webinars are a free AOA/ AOSA member benefit (www.ExcelOD.com/Events).

For more information, students and new practitioners can log onto www.ExcelOD.com using their AOA member number and password.


The nation’s top source of information for optometry students can be found on this online portal (www.OptometryStudents.com) that helps students become more involved in optometry with useful articles, news, videos, and various clinical resources. The site is designed to provide pre-optometry and optometry students a thorough understanding of eye care. Also, it provides students an opportunity to become more involved in optometry and offers chance to help move the profession forward.

The website is run by students dedicated to learning and sharing with one another.

  • Create a free profile
  • Write about your optometry experience
  • Learn from students at other schools
  • Get recognized

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