• Registration and Hotel Reservations

    Annual meeting registration and hotel reservations are opening for Academy and AAOE members starting April 8.

    Remember: Registration for AAO 2020 is free if you are a member. To qualify, 2020 membership dues must be paid prior to registering. Join or renew today!

    Nonmembers will be able to register and book hotel rooms starting April 22.

    AAO 2020 Opening Session

    Keynote Speaker: Malcolm Gladwell

    Malcolm Gladwell AAO 2020 Keynote Speaker

    The Academy is pleased to announce that Malcolm Gladwell will deliver the keynote speech during the AAO 2020 Opening Session on Sunday, Nov. 15.

    Malcolm Gladwell is an internationally known journalist, writer and cultural observer. He has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and touted as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s Top Global Thinkers. His work, which focuses on human psychology and sociology, appears in The New Yorker. He is also the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. His recently published book Talking to Strangers has joined this prestigious list.

    Mr. Gladwell is also the co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content company that produces podcasts. He hosts Revisionist History, which “reconsiders things both overlooked and misunderstood,” and co-hosts Broken Record, where he interviews musicians.

    General Program Information

    Instruction Courses

    The Academy offers hundreds of courses in topics from cataract to vision rehabilitation. In addition, you will find courses in practice management topics such as practice quality and coding & reimbursement.

    All instruction courses, and Skills Transfer didactic lectures, are part of the Academy Plus course pass.

    Skills Transfer Labs

    The Academy's annual meeting provides you hands-on learning opportunities to master new diagnostic and surgical techniques in Skills Transfer labs and courses. Skills labs are ticketed events that must be purchased separately.

    Symposium and Spotlights

    Dozens of symposium take place during the Academy's annual meeting. Often Named Lectures occur during these sessions. All symposium and Spotlight Sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    Original Papers

    Each Original Paper session focuses on a specific topic followed by a panel discussion. At the end of each session, the panel selects the best paper. Sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    Poster Theater and Lounge

    In the Poster Theater attendees hear 90-minute, small-group, peer moderated discussions of selected posters. Each session focuses on a specific subject.

    In the lounge, at each of the six e-poster stations, four presenting authors give a summary of their e-posters followed by informal discussion among presenters and attendees.

    All sessions within the Poster Theater and Lounge are free with your meeting registration.

    Academy Café

    Attendees enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to expert panels debate the issues. Use your cell phone, smartphone or laptop to text message questions to the speakers. Sessions are free with your meeting registration.

    AAOE Practice Management Program

    Learn from the experts, engage in conversations with colleagues and pick up takeaways that you can share and immediately put into place in your practice. The program includes:

    • Instruction Courses
    • Master Classes
    • Coding Sessions
    • Saturday Specials
    • General Session
    • Hot Topics Roundtables
    • Conversations With the Experts

    Find more information about the AAOE Practice Management Program.

    How to Access 2019 Program Information

    Visit Meeting Archives to explore the AAO 2019 program. You will also find meeting materials, including handouts, posters, videos, Subspecialty Day syllabi and more.