The submission window opens April 1, 2020 and closes June 1, 2020.
One award will be granted to an optometrist currently serving in a 2019-20 academic year calendar Primary Care/ Family practice residency through a North American school, college of optometry or veterans administration facility is eligible to apply. Anyone who has yet to begin a residency for the 2019- 20 academic year calendar is ineligible.
Applicants should read an article by Dr. Hopkins, Primary Care Are We All on the Same Page? and write a one-page essay on the importance of primary care to optometry and their future as a primary care optometrist. http://journals.lww.com/optvissci/toc/2006/01000
The application must also include:
- Cover page that lists the applicant name, any degrees, facility of residency, optometric institution under which serving residency, current and permanent address information, email and phone contact information.
- The applicant’s education, clinical, research, and teaching experience, in the form of a CV.
- A brief description of the residency program and the names and email addresses of the three people you have contacted to submit letters of recommendation.
- A one-page statement of career goals plus a brief statement indicating what your timeline is for becoming a Fellow.
- Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on educational qualifications, research abilities, and potential. One of which must be the Residency Director or Program Coordinator of the institution. These should be emailed separately by the recommender.
- The applicants must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); whether as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of acceptance of any award. To learn more, visit the AAO website: Student Membership for student membership information and Candidate for Fellowship for how to become a Fellow.
Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically (preferably as a PDF file) to Jenniferr@aaoptom.org. Please include "Hopkins Residency Award" and applicants last name in the subject line. Ex: Hopkins Residency Award -Smith.
Applications will be reviewed and a selection made by the American Academy of Optometry’s Primary Care Section, or another group selected by the AAOF Board. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their educational background, their ability, and their potential to advance in their career.
It is the standard policy of the AAOF that na award recipient who receives, a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot also receive a second travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO.
Prior to the award window opening the guidelines for any given award are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure all award criteria is met.
All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the award to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the award including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.
For additional information contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager, at: 321-319-4870 or AAOF@aaoptom.org.