• AAO 2019 First-Time Attendee Tips


    The AAOE Board welcomes you to AAO 2019 and shares their advice for first-time attendees:

    Preparing for the Conference

    • Register and confirm your hotel reservation.
    • Join the AAOE E-talk listserv to network with your peers before the meeting.
    • What to pack: 1. business cards 2. cell phone charger 3. two pairs of comfortable walking shoes and 4. a sweater or layered clothing for hot or cold meeting rooms and hotels.

    At the Conference

    Getting There

    Meeting Essentials

    • Academy Staff (wearing red badge ribbons) can help answer basic conference-related questions.
    • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the conference.
    • Do not wear your name tag outside the Moscone Center.
    • Buy tickets or the Academy Plus course pass in the ticket sales area in the Moscone Center.
    • Turn your cell phone off or set it to vibrate in the meeting rooms.
    • Write notes on the back of others’ business cards to remind you what you learned or what you were going to do in regard to this person or company.
    • Remember to use the AAOE Lounge.

    Visit the Exhibit Floor

    • Plan to visit the Academy exhibit floor to find the latest ophthalmic products and equipment.
    • Save 10 percent when you purchase Academy products at the Academy Resource Center during the meeting (Moscone Center, West, Booth 7337).

    Attending Courses

    • The Mobile Meeting Guide is the source for the latest meeting information, course handouts and evaluations. View the tutorial video for Guide instructions.
    • The Meeting Program is a printed, at-a-glance guide to AAO 2019, Subspecialty Day and the AAOE Practice Management Program. It is distributed on site.

    Connect with Colleagues

    Visit the AAOE Lounge

    • Relax and connect with peers from around the country at the AAOE Lounge (Moscone Center, South, Room 216).
    • The AAOE Lounge hours:

        Saturday, Oct. 12 to Monday, Oct. 14:       8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        Tuesday, Oct. 15:                                         8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Join us at the AAOE Member Mixer

    • The Mixer is open exclusively to AAOE members and their guests (Moscone South, Level 3).

        Sunday, Oct. 13:                                          5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.