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Skills Transfer Program

Demonstration eye balls being used in a skills lab course.Looking to master new techniques? Skills Transfer lectures and labs are intensive training sessions focusing on cutting-edge skills. Labs provide hands-on instruction, featuring a low participant-to-instructor ratio.

"Phenomenal course!
Two hours disappeared in a blink."
- 2013 Skills Transfer
Program evaluation

"Excellent, encouraging,
straight forward instruction."
- 2013 Skills Transfer
Program evaluation

NEW! Look for these Lab Courses in 2014Group of particiapants at a Skills Lab.

  • Cataract FemtoSecond Laser Surgery
  • Cross Linking
  • Periocular Rejuvenation with Fillers & Botox on Silicone Head Simulators
  • How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations

Program Search
Use the online Program Search for up-to-the-minute information about AAO 2014, including Skills Transfer labs and lectures.

  • Click on the blue "Search AAO 2014 Events" button to look up information by presenter/author, keyword, topic, event type, event number or notes/special interest.
  • Check back frequently for updates as the program develops.

2014 Policy Changes

  • Many labs have a recommended prerequisite lecture (no longer required).
  • Overall Skills Transfer Lab ticket prices have been reduced.
  • Residents receive a 50% discount from published price.


  • Skills Transfer labs are ticketed events that must be purchased separately. They are not included in the Academy Plus course pass.
  • NEW! Lecture prerequisites are recommended, NOT required.
  • Skills Transfer lectures are included in the Academy Plus course pass.
  • Skills Transfer lab fees increase onsite.
  • Attendance is limited to physicians only, except where noted in the course description. (The term physician refers to the definition in the Federal Register: "those individuals licensed to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathy.")
  • Skills Transfer courses are intended to provide instruction leading to new knowledge and/or skills. The Academy does not certify competence upon completion of Academy courses. Academy courses are not intended to serve as a basis for requesting new or expanded privileges.

Find information about registering for AAO 2014.

  • Registration opens for Academy and AAOE members on June 25.
  • Registration opens for nonmembers on July 9.
  • Purchase tickets for Skills Transfer labs when you register.