American Academy of Optometry Experience (ELC61715)
“The American Academy of Optometry provides the highest quality educational programs in a number of different formats. All are designed to provide the most up to date information from the most respected, distinguished lecturers in the optometric profession and vision and health sciences communities.” (The above is a description of the AAO’s annual meeting, from the AAO’s website).
This elective course allows students to choose 22 hours of educational programs from the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting program. All educational programs are COPE approved and all courses, papers and published abstracts are peer reviewed. Students self-direct their learning in an individual and specific manner. One student may choose 22 hours of credit in the field of contact lenses whereas another may choose 22 hours in a variety of specialties.
Class time, outside of the AAO meeting will consist of two classes, each meeting 2 hours in duration. Before the AAO meeting, students will attend a class meeting. This meeting will include an overlook of professional organizations, history of the Academy, and provide students guidance for their course selection. Students will identify areas of interest and/or areas where they would like to augment their knowledge. Each student will select a specific topic to report on after the Academy meeting.
Each student will select a specific topic to report on after the Academy meeting. The reports will be written and oral. The instructor will guide the students in their course selection based on the student’s self-reflection.
Students are required to attend a variety of educational formats. Students are required to attend one symposium, at least one Ellerbrock course, and one forum that expose the student to new research information.
Upon return from the Academy meeting, classroom time will be devoted to each student presenting a report on his/her educational experience at the meeting and reporting on their specific topic. The presentations will include critical review of new information.