2018 Spring Convention | Student Information

Student Education Schedule

Friday, April 27, 2018

1:15pm-2:15pm "Pitfalls in Negotiating a Professional Services Agreement” by Amber Wilson Bagley, attorney-at-law, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C. Now more than ever, providers need to know basic legal and contractual concepts, including how to negotiate the material terms in a professional services agreement. This discussion will review the “pitfalls” of contracting, such as how to handle the following terms: exclusivity, term and termination, non-compete and non-solicitation, confidentiality, equitable relief, dispute resolution and much more. 

3:00pm-3:30pm "Plugging in: Using Your Voice for Effective Advocacy" by Lucas Hargraves & Amanda Story, Hargraves Consulting Some of the issues that most impact your profession are decided by lawmakers at the state and federal levels.  It is essential that decision-makers not only understand your position, but that they hear from you at the right time, and in the right way.  The session will cover some of the most effective outreach strategies, including some basic “do’s and don’ts” of legislative advocacy.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

8:30am-9:00am “The Roadmap from Graduation to Practicing O.D.” Presented by Erin Everett, Manager at AOAExcel Set your sights on success in your professional career, whether graduation is next month or a couple of years down the road. In this exclusive session for optometry students, AOAExcel will present a variety of resources for AOA members – from student loan refinancing to finding malpractice insurance that is guaranteed to cover your state’s full scope of practice and more. 

1:45pm-2:45pm "A Visit with the Vice-President" (Barb Horn, AOA Vice- President)  Join Dr. Horn for a conversation about the your journey through optometry.  Ask questions from a practice owner, who has moved to a different state during her career, and has been a leader in the profession throughout her career.  Refreshments will be served.  


Student registration is free!  Students who sign up to volunteer for at least 3 things will receive complimentary (shared) hotel room.  See below for volunteer information.

Student are invited to attend all events at the Spring convention:

Thursday, April 26

  • J.C. Beane Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament
  • President's Reception
  • Education
  • Alcon Industry Sponsored Symposium and Dinner

Friday, April 27

  • Membership Meeting
  • Education
  • Choose  one of 3 Industry Sponsored Symposium + Lunch
  • Exhibit Hall Opening Act & Grand Opening (Optometry Rocks! Karaoke)
  • Student Education Sessions 1:15-2:15 & 3-3:30pm

Saturday, April 28

  • Awards Luncheon
  • EyeRun 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Education
  • Exhibit Hall 

Sunday, April 29

  • Education

Volunteer Opportunities are available! We encourage you to volunteer as a way to get to know doctors and interact with them.  We will provide hotel rooms to all of our students who sign up to volunteer in at least 3 times. See registration form for volunteer times.

Volunteer opportunities include:

Introducing a Speaker - you be given a biography of the speaker to read and have time to introduce yourself. A doctor will call you up to the podium and you will simply read the biography.  We would like to get a different volunteer for each speaker.

Education Documentation - scanning/slash tickets.  After each course doctors must get their attendance verified.  We need 4 people to stand outside of the class and scan name badges of anyone who did not use their OE Tracker app on their phone to scan the barcodes.  These volunteers also give paper documentation to anyone leaving the room that wants it and puts up the signs with the barcodes for scanning via phone app at the end of class.  This volunteer time is extremely important and we need the 4 volunteers present the last 30 minutes of class until about 10 minutes after class ends.

Industry Sponsored Symposium + Lunch - whichever symposium that you choose to attend, you will either help direct attendees to the correct room or take tickets for entry. 

Exhibit Hall Set Up - this involves putting together displays and hanging decorations on Friday morning.

Silent Auction Set Up - carrying items to exhibit hall and helping the AOP-PAC team set up items and fill out forms.

Golf - help Dr. Julie Dolven with whatever she needs

EyeRun 5K Fun Run/Walk - help Dr. Sabre Wright set up, timer, etc.