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Skills Transfer Program

Skills lab_Eye balls_webLooking 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 2014Skills-Lab_group_web

  • 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

Full session listings will be available through the online Program Search staring in June.

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.
  • The fee to attend the lecture is included with the cost of the lab.
  • Skills Transfer lectures are included in the Academy Plus course pass. By purchasing Academy Plus you may attend the lecture without purchasing the lab.
  • 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.