A Note from AOSA President, Andy Mackner

Hello Colleagues,

First, I would like to congratulate our members in the class of 2019 who just completed part 1 of boards. The countless hours spent studying will pay dividends as you embark on your clinical rotations this next year. I would also like to acknowledge our members in the class of 2018, congratulations to those of you will be completing a residency next year and to those of you will be starting your clinical practice. To the class of 2018, thank you for your membership in the AOSA/AOA and I encourage each of you to engage in your state association and AOA as you transition from student to new grad.

Growing up in Minnesota, I always looked forward to spring. It meant that winter was coming to an end and the excitement of spending the summer on the lake was just around the corner. For AOSA, spring ushers in an exciting chapter in AOSA history, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the association. As we look to celebrate our 50th anniversary, I wanted to share with you a series of exciting opportunities we have for our members. Included in this email, you will have access to more information about the upcoming meeting in Washington D.C. AOA on Capitol Hill. This is a phenomenal meeting at which you will learn more about the current federal legislative issues facing optometry and be able to join your state affiliate to meet with senators and representatives. This is a great learning and networking opportunity for our members.

AOSA will be celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary at Optometry’s Meeting in Denver Colorado. You will not want to miss this historic event! This year, we are eager to share with you new programs geared specifically to assist our members in their professional development. Following the successful, inaugural AOA+ event in Washington D.C. last summer we are building upon that excitement and programming to offer customized educational opportunities for students and new grads.

This year at Optometry’s Meeting, we will also be awarding the first ever AOSA Student of the year award. This recognizes an optometry student in their third or fourth year of school who has shown leadership skills while serving their profession, their patients, and their community. We look forward to receiving nominations and recognizing an outstanding student member at Optometry’s Meeting in Denver.

In closing, I would like to encourage all of our members to step up and make a donation to AOA-PAC. I fully recognize that as students, we are limited on our financial resources. However, a donation to AOA-PAC is an investment in your future. Just as your education is an investment in your future, your donation to PAC and participation at events like AOA on Capitol Hill and Optometry’s Meeting is an investment to ensure that you are able to apply and use your education. Click here to make your donation today.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.


Andy Mackner

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