President's Calling - Scientific Program Submission Window is Open

Published November 7, 2017

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President's Calling

Scientific Program Submission Window is Open


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May 2017

Scientific Program Submission Window is Open

Each year, the Academy’s annual meeting success is in large part due to an integral part of the meeting – the Scientific Program.  The Scientific Program offers dedicated scientists, educators and clinicians the opportunity to present their most current research in paper and poster format during this portion of our annual meeting program. Attendees have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with the presenters of cutting-edge research. 

Do you have scientific ideas that could benefit from the help of a clinical colleague? Do you like to think about and critically discuss with both clinicians and scientists the science that directly impacts care of your patients? If the answer is yes, I invite you to submit an abstract for Academy 2017 Chicago, to be held on October 11-14. 

The Scientific Program Committee works long and hard each year to select the very best abstracts to assure a rich experience for those who attend and present at the Academy meeting. Vision scientists, educators, clinicians, students, and residents are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. Accepted abstracts will be presented in one of two different formats – as a paper presentation or a poster. 

Abstracts are judged on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to submission guidelines
  • Scientific or clinical novelty
  • Methodologically sound
  • Quantitative description of the results
  • Conclusions that are substantiated by the results
  • Submissions of previously published copyrighted material (e.g.ARVO abstracts or journal articles) will not be accepted.

Several special topics will be featured this year and will include extended discussion, the integration of clinically relevant topics and debates on some controversial issues. There is a lot of buzz about slowing the progression of myopia, treating dry eye and other common clinical entities, and improving glaucoma diagnosis and care. Do you know how the latest research can help you, and help your patients? All of this and much more will be part of the program at Academy 2017 Chicago.

I encourage anyone who has considered submitting to do so. It’s potentially a career changing experience. So, if you’re considering a submission, do so quickly as the window closes in two weeks.

Remember, first authors of accepted papers/posters (excluding students and residents who already have a reduced rate) are also eligible to register for Academy 2017 Chicago at reduced rates. 

To read more about the submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, visit

Why not submit an abstract today?


Joseph P. Shovlin, OD, FAAO
President, American Academy of Optometry