Diplomate Preparatory Courses

Interested in becoming a Diplomate? Plan to attend one of the prep courses held by our Academy Sections!

Fellows, if you submit your Diplomate Application after participating in one of these Diplomate Preparatory Courses, your $100 Application Fee will be waived!

See prep course offerings from the BVPPO, CCLRT, CEC, Low Vision, and Optometric Education Sections below. 

Comprehensive Eye Care Section (CECS)

This two-hour course presents an overview of the Comprehensive Eye Care Section program and its history. Steps to becoming a Diplomate will be outlined in addition to presentations involving case report writing, written examination, clinical case-based simulation, and the oral examination discussion. Additionally, this course offers a one-hour COPE-approved review of the essentials in contact lens, pediatrics / binocular anomalies, and vision rehabilitation in a rapid-fire setting. These topics will be pertinent those eye care providers seeking Diplomate status in the Comprehensive Eye Care Section. Speakers include Danielle Weiler, Tina Porzukowiak, Bisant Labib, Grace Liao, Christina Esposito.

Register for this course for just $50 when you register for the Academy meeting!

Already registered for Academy 2021 Boston? Email Registration@aaoptom.org to add the CECS Diplomate Prep Course to your registration.

Low Vision Section

Please join the Low Vision Section’s LV Diplomate Prep course on Tuesday, November 2! Our COPE pending lecture series will include a diverse topic list that will help Low Diplomate Candidates on both the clinical and research tracts prepare for examinations. For Fellows who practice low vision and want to brush up on low vision techniques as well as learn about new developments in assistive technology. Evidence-based reviews of ocular disease and low vision rehabilitation research will round out the day to enhance prognosis and treatment counseling for your patients.

Course Schedule

9:00 – 10:40 AM
Matt Valdes – Low Vision Clinical Optics Review

11:00 – 11:50 AM
Gregory Wolfe – Seeing the Unseen: Understanding the landscape of visual impairment

Noon – 1:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 PM
Raman Bhakhri and Pat Yoshinaga – Low Vision Technology

2:00 – 3:40 PM
Andrew Rixon – Low Vision Landmarks and Disabling Disorders

4:00 – 4:50 PM
Ava Bittner – Outcomes of Low Vision Rehabilitation Research and Interventions to Manage Psychosocial Issues in the Visually Impaired

Early registration for the day-long course is $200; after August 30, 2021, the registration will be $250. Select this course when you register for the Academy 2021 Boston meeting.

Already registered for Academy 2021 Boston? Email Registration@aaoptom.org to add the Low Vision Diplomate Prep Course to your registration.

Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section

The Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section is offering its annual Diplomate preparatory course on Tuesday, November 2, to assist current and potential candidates in preparing for, and completing, their diplomate requirements.

Topics have been selected to enhance preparation for the successful completion of the various portions of the BVPPO Diplomate process. This includes topics that will assist you in writing case reports and in taking the written, practical, and oral examination portions.

Eight hours of continuing education credit will be awarded (COPE Approval Pending).

Early registration for the day-long course is $200; after August 30, 2021, the registration will be $250. Select this course when you register for the Academy 2021 Boston meeting.

Courses for the Tuesday, November 2 program include:

Mitch Scheiman – Evaluation and Treatment of Non-Strabismic Binocular Vision Disorders: Advanced Concepts (two hours)

Kristine Hopkins – Evaluation of Strabismic Sensory Adaptations (two hours)

Catherine Heyman – Pediatric Low Vision- Evaluating and Managing Kids with Bad Eyes (one hour)

Graham Erickson – Evidence-Based Refractive Prescribing for Pediatric Patients (two hours)

Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen – Assessment and Management of Children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) – The What, Why and How? (one hour)

Already registered for Academy 2021 Boston? Email Registration@aaoptom.org to add the BVPPO Diplomate Prep Course to your registration.

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies (CCLRT)

The Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies is launching a seven-course series this spring, summer, and fall to not only help you in your practice today but also to enhance your future practice through becoming a CCLRT Diplomate candidate! Join these esteemed presenters to learn more about advanced evidence-based aspects of working with the ocular surface and contact lens applications.

SOAR stands for Subspecialty Optometric Advanced Refinement. The goal of the SOAR program is to set the stage for CCLRT Diplomate candidacy. A secondary objective is to educate all Fellows on the latest advances in the profession.

The cost is $50.00 per course or $250.00 for all seven courses.

Calendar of Events
All sessions are two hours beginning at 8 PM EST and each will be approved for live COPE CE credit.

September 9
Corneal Gas Permeable Lens Fitting, Design and Troubleshooting
Vinita Henry

October 15
Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease: A Review
Renee Reeder

Optometric Education Section

The Optometric Education (OE) Section Diplomate Prep Course is now available on Academy Online! Please note, you must log in with your Academy credentials on Academy Online before you will be able to view this prep course.

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