• Abstract Selection Process

  • Abstract Submission Statistics

      Total Submitted Accepted for Presentation Acceptance Rate
    Instruction Courses 460 244 53%
    Paper/Poster 1775 693 39%
    Paper   106 5%
    Poster   587 33%
    Video 249 60 24%

    Based on abstract submissions for AAO 2016.

    Annual Meeting Program Committee

    The Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC) is responsible for the Academy's 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 reviews and selects all Instruction Courses except those submitted in the subject classification of Practice Management.

    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 AMPC. 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.

    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 Sadie Peckens, Program Specialist, at speckens@aao.org.

    Skills Transfer Advisory Committee

    The Skills Transfer Advisory Committee reviews and selects courses and labs for the Skills Transfer program. Courses are reviewed and selected on an annual basis. New Skills Transfer labs submitted by the course abstract submission deadline are 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.

    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 Hot Topics Symposium, and the Best of Anterior Segment and Best of Retina Society Meetings symposia.

    AAOE Program

    The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) Annual Meeting Program Committee is responsible for selecting practice management instruction courses, the AAOE Practice Management Master Classes and practice management Breakfast With the Experts Roundtables.

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