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Selection Process

The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) will review and select instruction courses (except those submitted in the subject classification of Practice Management), paper/posters and videos.

The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) Program Committee will review and select all Practice Management courses.

The Skills Transfer Advisory Committee will review and select labs.

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Annual Meeting Program Committee
The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is responsible for the Annual Meeting Scientific Program, including Breakfast With the Experts, Instruction Courses, Symposia, and Scientific Papers, Posters and Videos, and the Spotlight on Cataracts session.

The AMPC is made up of eight subcommittees representing the major subspecialties of ophthalmology. Each subcommittee has at least five reviewers who grade the instruction courses and paper/poster abstracts, and three subcommittee members who review the grades and select the courses and abstracts for presentation. The chair of the subcommittee represents the group on the Annual Meeting Program Committee. This peer-review selection process ensures the quality and integrity of Academy educational programs and allows broader input from Academy Members.

Volunteer to be a subcommittee reviewer by completing a volunteer form.

Monitor Program
In addition to attendee evaluations, symposia and selected courses are also peer-evaluated by monitors. Monitor evaluations are shared with senior instructors and chairs to help them modify and enhance content for future presentations and are an important source of information in the annual selection process.

Volunteer to be a course/symposium monitor by emailing the Meetings Division at meetings@aao.org.

Skills Transfer Advisory Committee
Skills Transfer Courses are reviewed and selected on an annual basis. New Skills Transfer labs submitted by the course abstract submission deadline will be reviewed by the Skills Transfer Advisory Committee.

Directors of Skills Transfer labs presented at the previous year's Annual Meeting will be notified of the status of their lab in January.

AAOE Program
The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) Program Committee, with the AAOE Board of Directors, are responsible for selecting practice management instruction courses, the AAOE Saturday Program, and practice management Breakfast With the Experts Roundtables.

Find more information about the AAOE Annual Meeting Program.

Special Projects Committee
The Special Projects Committee is responsible for developing Annual Meeting programs to complement those that are submitted by members or societies. Examples are spotlight sessions, the Late Breakers Symposium, and the Best of Anterior Segment Specialty Meetings symposium.

Find a complete list of selection committee members.