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Spring 2018 Updates

Check out #OM2018 Join us for this once a year opportunity as Optometry’s Meeting®; takes place in Denver, CO and AOSA celebrates our 50th Anniversary! NEW! AOA+ Pop-Up Sessions made for students Become a member of the AOA+ Leadership Society OM Opportunities…AOSA Influencer and travel grants sponsored by Allergan Check out for more information!

IAUPR School of Optometry Rapidly Recovers From Hurricane Maria Hit

A message from Andres Pagán OD, MPH, the Dean of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry: “In an article published last September 21st titled “Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Severely Damaged by Hurricane” some information was published which we would like to clarify and update. Even though the School received some damages,

Student programs highlighted at Great Western Council

With more than 100 students from five schools attending the Great Western Council of Optometry in Portland, OR, the issues of education, political change and new technology were front and center at the regional optometric meeting. For the first time, some students were able to get travel grants from western schools that typically have not

InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico severely damaged by hurricane

Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico and shut down the school of optometry. Brittany Stern of IAUPR has shared photos of the destruction at the school.  She reports: “The school took a lot of damage. The clinic and library have a lot of flooding and the roof caved in in multiple places. A 2nd floor

Midwestern U’s Chicago College of Optometry starts classes with 66 students

Midwestern University – Chicago College of Optometry became the 25th school of optometry as it welcomed the inaugural class of 66 optometry students to its Downers Grove, Il, campus. “We are very excited to welcome the class of 2021 as the inaugural class of the Chicago College of Optometry,” said Joshua C. Baker, M.S., O.D.,

Howie Mandel headlines at 2018 Optometry’s Meeting

If laughter is the best medicine, doctors of optometry are in for a dose of jocosity during Optometry’s Meeting® 2018 June 20-24 in Denver, Colorado.Howie Mandel-comedian, actor, producer and author-will perform at Celebration of Optometry June 23, the closing night of Optometry’s Meeting, in the Colorado Convention Center. Mandel may be best known these days as a

Fund offers way for Optometry Students to help others in need

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals, including our fellow colleagues at the University of Houston College of Optometry, InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and Nova Southeastern University. These were historic hurricanes, creating unprecedented damage.  In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and to respond to Hurricane Irma, the American Optometric Student Association

Planning begins for AOSA’s 50th Anniversary in 2018

The AOSA celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2018, and plans are taking shape to mark the occasion from many perspectives; we’ll look at the amazing progress in optometric education, the optometrists who emerged as student leaders and continued to fulfill their early promise; and the profession that was shaped over the decades