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AAOE Networking Opportunities

Connect with your peers at the Annual Meeting!


The AAOE program offers various networking opportunities for administrators to connect with peers and foster a sense of community.

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Networking at the Annual Meeting

The AAOE Lounge

We are pleased to bring back the AAOE lounge this year: This is a great place to relax, get refreshments, a foot massage, exchange contact information and informally connect with practice administrators & managers from around the country.

McCormick Place ChicagoLevel 5

  • Saturday, Oct. 18 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 19 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 20 — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21 — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free! Roundtable Discussions (AAOE Lounge — McCormick Place, Level 5)

Free informal roundtable discussions on various practice management issues. Share your experiences and learn from other members during an informal and informative hour moderated by a seasoned professional.

Sunday, Oct. 19
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Topics TBA

Monday, Oct. 20
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Topics TBA

*It’s Free! 9 Seats Per Discussion Roundtable — First Come First Served Basis.


AAOE Member Reception

Come join us for this opportunity to meet with fellow members, to talk in-person with your listserv colleagues, and to meet the AAOE Board and staff. A wonderful array of hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Members — enter for your chance to win one of the door prize giveaways.


  • AAOE Member Reception — Sunday, Oct.19
  • Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel 636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
  • Crystal Ballroom
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Free Event for AAOE members!

Additional details will be posted soon.


AAOE at the Academy Resource Center

Plan to visit the Exhibition at McCormick Place, the world’s largest exhibition of ophthalmic technology, products and services. You’ll find the AAOE Practice Management Center in the Academy Resource Center [South Building — Hall A, Booth 508]. Academy experts will be on hand at the Coding Booth to give straightforward answers to your most challenging coding questions. And you can preview the extensive collection of practice management and coding resources and products for your office.

Exhibition hours are Saturday, Oct. 18 to Monday, Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Conversations with the Experts

At the AAOE Practice Management Center [South Building — Hall A, Booth 508], you can take advantage of 20 minute private consultations with AAOE consultants/practice management experts. Conversations with the Experts features over 25 consultants from the AAOE Consultant Directory, providing customized advice on topics ranging from financial management to EHR to billing to legal matters and more. Come by the AAOE Practice Management Center to make an appointment with the consultant of your choice:

  • Schedules will be posted Sept. 2014.

Hours are Saturday, Oct. 18 to Monday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To schedule an appointment before the Annual Meeting e-mail Peggy Coakley.


Find your Peers on the Listserv, Facebook and Twitter

Want to network in advance? Use E-Talk to find your peers and ask questions about the AAOE program, transportation, housing options (including finding a roommate to split the cost of housing), and entertainment activities to make your stay both productive and fun. Feel free to post inquires and information about restaurants and places of interest in Chicago! AAOE is also on Facebook and Twitter for networking and additional updates.

Visit the AAOE Annual Meeting Page for complete details about the AAOE Practice Management program.