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Academy 2021 Boston is less than two weeks away and we look forward to welcoming Academy members in the historic city of Boston very soon. Held November 3-6, 2021 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), this year's annual meeting will feature 350 hours of education with the opportunity to earn up to 32 hours of COPE-approved CE.

Our top priority in Boston is the health and safety of all Academy 2021 Boston attendees, corporate partners, exhibitors, and staff. In continued planning for a live meeting and in partnership with the BCEC, the Academy will adhere to all local, state, and CDC regulations and guidelines. Read more about our current safety protocols on the Academy meeting site.

As we continue the planning process, we'll continue to communicate relevant updates and pertinent details via email. Questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
Save the Date: Virtual Best of Academy 2021 Boston Meeting, December 3-5, 2021
Please note, Boston registration is for the in-person, on-site meeting being held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. There will not be a virtual offering running simultaneously, but there will be the Best of Academy 2021 Boston following the on-site meeting. More details and a separate registration will be available in the coming weeks.
Download the Academy.21 Meeting App
Download Academy.21, the official meeting app, as your mobile event guide for Academy 2021 Boston!

Use the app to build your personal schedule, keep track of your CE credits, easily find sessions, presenters, and exhibitors, receive important reminders and updates, and much more.

Be sure to update the app when prompted to see the latest changes.
Available Job Openings

Looking for a new opportunity? Interested in making a change? Check out these job opportunities.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation News
Stop by the Foundation Booth #243 at Academy 2021 Boston!
Visit the Foundation booth to learn more about exciting new programs in development and more!

  • Staff Training Fundamentals: A 16 module course for employees new to the optometric profession.
  • Clinical Investigator Certification: Eight-week course teaching the skills required to conduct a rigorous, sponsored clinical trial within your current practice setting.
  • Pilot grant programs to stimulate novel exploratory research projects.
  • OD to PhD: Creation of a training development scholarship to help incentivize optometrists to pursue a PhD in a vision science or related biomedical science field.
  • Bright Ideas Pitch Competition: Stimulate new ideas and innovative thinking leading to potential treatments or devices.
  • Clinical Podcast Series: Summaries of trending, clinically relevant research in a video podcast form. See a preview of the podcast above.

And a bonus: Get an updated headshot photo taken free of charge at booth #243.

While you are in the exhibit area, be sure to enter the "Hoop It Up" Challenge sponsored by the Alcon Foundation in booth #236.

We hope to see you there!
2021 Award Announcements

Korb-Exford Dry Eye Career Development Grant Recipient
Jillian F. Ziemanski, OD, PhD, FAAO

Beta Sigma Kappa Research Fellowship
Kevin T. Willeford, OD, PhD, FAAO

AAO/AAOF Resident Travel Fellowships
The American Academy of Optometry and its Foundation are pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2021 Resident Travel Fellowships! See the full list of recipients and their affiliations here.
Read the feature article from the September issue of the Optometry and Vision Science journal titled, Effect of Water Exposure on Contact Lens Storage Case Contamination in Soft Lens Wearers by Memoona Arshad et al.
Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Muckley on being named the Ohio Optometric Association's Optometrist of the Year!