Call for Lectures

Education  

The American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC) is pleased to invite you to submit educational content to be presented at our annual Vision By Design (VBD) Conference.  VBD is a multi-track conference that includes BootCamp for Beginners as well as our Scientific Session and General Session.  VBD 2024 will also include Orthokeratology ’Start-To-Finish’  fitting tracks for beginner and advanced level fitters.  Vision By Design 2024 will take place October 2-5, 2024 at the Regency Hyatt in Dallas, Texas. 

Our mission is to deliver advanced training and education focused on every aspect of myopia management and orthokeratology in an unbiased forum.  Our Academy is pleased to attract both attendees and presenters that are world-renowned experts in this field.   

From BootCamp to our Advanced Track – we cater to Novices as well as Experts. Please be advised, Workshops and MAC courses may require an additional fee and must be purchased at the time of registration. 

For those in need of continuing education (CE) credits, the AAOMC provides accreditation to offer COPE-approved CE. 

Formats  

  • Scientific Clinical Abstract  
  • 30 minutes presentation  
  • Study reports, literature review on a hot topic 
  • New information 

Topics 

  • Mechanisms for myopia development and progression,  
  • Clinical interventions for myopia prevention, 
  • Clinical testing to evaluate and follow myopia progression 
  • Contact lens options including design, fitting, and materials  
  • Clinical examination techniques  
  • Use of Artificial Intelligence to optimize clinical testing and lens designs 
  • Clinical algorithms to assess and follow myopic patients  
  • Innovative ways to interact with parents and other stakeholders about myopia 
  • Binocular vision and myopia

Rapid Fire  

  • 5 minutes presentation to present your poster  
  • Authors will be invited by the scientific committee  

Scientific Grand Rounds 

  • 15 minutes presentation 
  • Case reports that demonstrate innovative clinical thinking in myopia control and orthokeratology. 
  • Priority will be given to authors registered as students or residents in contact lenses. 

Submission Deadlines: 

Please note the following important dates: 

  • January 30, 2024:  Submission deadline for all scientific papers/abstracts. 
  • March 15, 2024: Submission deadline for all course proposal outlines. 
  • April 26, 2024:  Course proposal submissions as well as scientific papers/abstracts will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their submission.   
  • May 1 – 30, 2024: Poster submission portal open.   
  • May 10, 2024: Speaker agreements must be signed in the portal. 
  • September 6, 2024: Handouts due to be uploaded in the portal. 
  • September 6, 2024: Submission of ePoster PDF for accepted posters due in portal. 

Lecture and Workshops Program 

The VBD Education Committee seeks the submission of course proposals on all aspects of myopia and its management including Orthokeratology, soft contact lenses, medication and other related topics such as, practice management, new diagnostic techniques/instrumentation and cutting edge treatment approaches. In particular, the committee is looking for submissions that feature recent innovations and those with a leaning towards evidence-based studies.  Our goal is to provide attendees with the most current and engaging programming. 

 

Please reference the following list of course proposals that may be submitted: 

  • Half-Hour/ One-Hour/ Two-Hour Lecture Courses  
  • Group Panel Lecture (GPL) 
  • Masters Acceleration Course (MAC) – See description below 
  • OrthoK- Advanced Fit: Start to Finish (A-STF)- See description below 
  • OrthoK- Beginners Fit: Start to Finish (B-STF)- See description below 
  • Workshop   
  • Clinical Grand Rounds 
  • Scientific Session:  Clinical Abstracts/Papers 

Our goal is to deliver unbiased education.  Therefore, courses that actively promote or advertise products or corporate interests will not be considered.  Courses should have a focus on enhancing clinical skills and decision-making, leading to enhanced patient care and management.  Industry partners will have ample opportunity to educate attendees with sponsored breakouts, breakfast seminars, etc. 

The “magic” of VBD happens as much at the coffee breaks and in the hallway discussions as it does in the lecture hall.  As such, presenters are expected to register and fully participate in VBD’s events and activities to help keep the “magic” alive.  

ubmission Guidelines 

 

Lecture Courses (Half-Hour/ One-Hour/ Two-Hour): 

  • Lecture Course submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • The total number of speakers in a ‘Lecture Course’ should not exceed two. 
  • Speakers will receive an honorarium, which will be split evenly between any co-authors. 
  • All speakers are required to provide a CV, financial disclosure, and sign a formal speakers agreement.. 

Group Panel Lecture (GPL): 

The format of a GPL should provide a cohesive multi-presenter perspective on a single topic.  Please be mindful of the following requirements of a GPL: 

  • GPL submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • GPL courses involve 3 or 4 presenters for a one-hour or two- hour submission. 
  • The entire proposal should be submitted by the primary author and include the presentations and CVs of all presenters. 
  • Presenters may split the time of the presentation however they see fit, however, the honorarium will be split evenly between any co-authors.   

Master Acceleration Course (MAC): 

The MAC is a highly anticipated lecture format that allows for a small group, interactive learning experience.  It promotes discussion and interaction between the attendees and the presenter(s).  This is ideal for mastering complex, high-level topics.   

  • MAC submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • MAC lectures may not exceed one hour.   
  • MAC presentations are expected to be formatted in such a way that promotes interaction and discussion.  Please consider the following suggestions: 
  • question and answer sessions 
  • polling attendees 
  • ‘what would you do’ case presentations 
  • other engaging activities that enhance the exchange of information with attendees 
  • The total number of presenters is limited to two.  
  • Attendance will be capped at 32 attendees to enhance the small group, interactive experience.  
  • Attendees must pre-register for these courses and pay $25 per course to reserve their spot. 

Note: MAC lectures are intended to be educational in nature and are not open to industry vendors/partners.  In addition, any attempt to market or sell products is prohibited. 

 

OrthoK- Advanced Fit: Start to Finish (A-STF): 

The A-STF is a fast paced, information rich track designed to hone the skills of practitioners that are already fitting Orthokeratology but are looking to achieve the next level of competency.  This track is designed to teach fellowship (FIAOMC) level technique.   

  • A-STF submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • A-STF lectures may not exceed 1 hour. 
  • A-STF presentations are expected to be formatted in such a way that demonstrates complex lens designs from ‘Start-to-Finish’.  Please consider the following suggestions: 
  • COPE approval will be sought for these courses.  Presenters must agree to keep their slides free of logos and are asked to refrain from using specific lens names.    
  • Presenters are encouraged to jump directly into pretreatment data and lens design, avoiding preamble about lens design basics. 
  • In an effort to highlight as many ‘Start-To-Finish’ designs as possible, presenters are encouraged to walk through multiple Orthokeratology lenses  within their 1 hour A-STF presentation.  
  • The total number of presenters is limited to two.  No co-presenters will be allowed for A-STF. 

Note: A-STF lectures are intended to be educational in nature and are not open to industry vendors/partners.  In addition, any attempt to market or sell products is prohibited. 

 

OrthoK- Beginners Fit: Start to Finish (B-STF): 

The B-STF is a moderate paced,  beginner’s level track designed to help new fitters employ the skills they learned in BootCamp.  It is targeting practitioners that have novice level fitting skills and want to elevate to the next level.  

  • B-STF submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • B-STF lectures may not exceed 1 hour. 
  • B-STF presentations are expected to be formatted in such a way that demonstrates complex lens designs from ‘Start-to-Finish’.  Please consider the following suggestions: 
  • COPE approval will be sought for these courses.  Presenters must agree to keep their slides free of logos and are asked to refrain from using specific lens names.    
  • Presenters are encouraged to jump directly into pretreatment data and lens design, avoiding preamble about lens design basics that have already been covered in BootCamp lectures. 
  • In an effort to highlight as many ‘Start-To-Finish’ designs as possible, presenters are encouraged to walk through multiple Orthokeratology lenses  within their 1 hour B-STF presentation.  
  • Presenters are encouraged to query the audience throughout the case regarding treatment options.  For example: post a slide with a question about treatment and 3-4 multiple choice options.  This can also be accomplished utilizing the polling options within the conference app.   
  • The total number of presenters is limited to two.   

Note: B-STF lectures are intended to be educational in nature and are not open to industry vendors/partners.  In addition, any attempt to market or sell products is prohibited. 

 

Workshops (two-hour, COPE approved CE): 

  • Workshop submissions must be in outline format and must be in compliance with COPE submission criteria as detailed in the COPE section below. 
  • Workshop submissions must clearly indicate how each attendee will have hands-on experience with new techniques and procedures. 
  • Workshops may or may not involve patients and live demonstrations but are generally intended to be very clinical in nature. 
  • All two-hour CE workshops submissions must be submitted with no more than five presenters. 
  • Lecture time must not exceed 10 minutes. 
  • All instructors must remain for the entire duration. 
  • Workshop size is limited to a maximum of 24 attendees. 
  • Instructors must indicate whether workshop participants will have to sit as subjects for other attendees or whether paid subjects will be provided. 
  • The AAOMC will ensure that a slit-lamp biomicroscope is available, if needed. 
  • With the exception of slit lamp biomicroscopes, instructors are personally responsible for providing the necessary subjects, specimens, instrumentation, supplies, and other equipment to conduct their workshop.  
  • The AAOMC must be notified of any additional equipment requiring power that will be utilized during your workshop. 
  • Audio-visual equipment MUST be requested. The AAOMC will provide audio-visual equipment upon request by the workshop presenter. 
  • The instructor is responsible for setting up equipment and materials 25 minutes before the workshop, unless it is back-to-back with another workshop. 
  • The AAOMC will assign a Committee member to assist workshop presenters with preparations for the program. 
  • The AAOMC will provide compensation to be equally shared between instructors. 

Note: Workshops are intended to be educational in nature and are not open to industry vendors/partners.  In addition, any attempt to market or sell products is prohibited. 

 

Clinical Grand Rounds: 

A Grand Rounds clinical case report is the perfect opportunity for first-time presenters to gain speaking experience. Up to 2 cases may be submitted per person. 

When preparing your submission, select Grand Rounds as the topic area with a specified time of 17 minutes. Do NOT select the COPE category as the topic area. 

  • Co-authors are not permitted for Grand Rounds presentations. 
  • PowerPoint is required for Grand Rounds presentations. 
  • Presenters must adhere to HIPAA rules regarding patient privacy and disclosure of patient identifiers. 
  • Speakers will receive an honorarium. 

Note: The AAOMC delivers year-round webinars, some of which include Clinical Grand Rounds. It is possible your submission may be selected for virtual presentation for a time other than the annual meeting. 

General Guidelines 

COPE: 

  • All submissions should contain the content of the presenter and not infringe on existing copyrights, intellectual property, materials of other ownership, or other restrictions. 
  • COPE guidance on course outlines can be found here: https://www.arbo.org/cope/COPE_Course_Qualification_Manual.pdf 
  • The lecture or workshop must be conducted per current ARBO COPE CE guidelines including the absence of advertising or promoting products including the absence company and product logos. If this policy is violated, the presenter(s) will not be eligible to present at VBD for 3 years and will forfeit their honoraria. 
  • Financial disclosure information must be included with the course submission and also presented at the time of presentation if the course is selected so that conflicts of interest can be evaluated and managed appropriately. 

 *Please refer to COPE’s Course Qualification Manual for additional information: 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/arbo.org/public/COPE+Course+Qualification+Manual.pdf 

  • The American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC) in coordination with AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is a COPE (Council on Optometric Practitioner Education) Qualified Administrator, and all courses submitted for consideration will, upon acceptance, be submitted for COPE accreditation. 

  All course submissions must be in outline format and COPE compliant including the following: 

  • Outline  should include each instructor name, address, phone number, email address and clearly identified course title. 
  • Half-Hour Course  outlines must be approximately 0.75 page in length. 
  • One-Hour Course outlines must be approximately 1.5-2 pages in length. 
  • Two-Hour Course outlines must be approximately 3-4  pages in length. 
  • A course description of 35 words or less.  
  • Briefly state the objectives of the course in 35 words or less. The course objectives must be different from the course description and note the learning outcomes of the course. 
  • Outlines should have sufficient detail to permit either the participant or an observer the ability to clearly follow along throughout the presentation. An outline can be considered sufficiently detailed if an observer is able to enter the presentation after 5 – 10 minutes and be able to identify where the presenter is in the outline. There should be enough detail in the outline such that course participants may use the document as a reference tool subsequent to the lecture.  

 Compensation: 

  • Lectures (half-hour, one or two hours): $500/hour   
  • Workshops (two hours): $500/hour 
  • The presenters providing Lecture Courses, GPL, MAC and Workshops will be provided with honorarium, host hotel accommodations for the night before and night of their presentation and reduced registration to the conference. 
  • Clinical Grand Rounds Compensation :  
  • All accepted Clinical Grand Rounds presenters are eligible to register for VBD 2024 at a 50% discount from the registration price.
  • Abstracts/Paper Compensation:  
  • All accepted presenting authors (excluding students and residents) are eligible to register for VBD 2024 at a reduced rate. 

 

*Speakers have the option of donating their honorarium to the AAOMC. This tax-deductible contribution will support the Academy’s ability to fulfill the mission of providing the most advanced training and education focused on every aspect of myopia management and orthokeratology in an unbiased forum. 

 

Conditions of Participation: 

  • All lecture submissions must be received by the deadline.  Late submissions will not be considered. 
  • Submissions will not be accepted in any format other than the published submission portal. 
  • A complete lecture submission consists of: 
  • Course outline, which must be a MINIMUM of 1½ pages per course hour 
  • Up-to-date CV for each instructor 
  • Complete proposal form 
  • Valid email address for each instructor 
  • Consent, disclosures and all other information on the proposal form must be completed for a course to be considered for inclusion.  Course outlines must provide enough detail to enable theVBD Education Committee to determine if the course is suitable for presentation at the VBD meeting. Many topics are highly competitive and courses with updated, detailed outlines will be given selection preference. 
  • In the interest of clarity for the attendees, please ensure your course title is succinct and accurately reflects the course content. Course titles may be shortened or edited as deemed appropriate by the VBD Education Committee.  
  • Standard audio visual equipment for lectures includes the following: laptop computer; LCD projector; one Lavalier microphone; one podium microphone; and one laser pointer. No Macintosh (Mac) laptop computer adaptors will be provided – please be sure to bring your own. 
  • List any possible conflicts of interest. 
  • You must agree to present the accepted lecture or workshop at the time(s) scheduled by the VBD Education Committee. Once scheduled, course times cannot be changed. 
  • Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) Accreditation: As a COPE provider, the AAOMC will submit all accepted courses for COPE accreditation. As necessary, instructors must make every effort to respond to requests in order to achieve COPE qualification. 
  • You must stay at the AAOMC-contracted hotel in order to receive the honorarium. 
  • The primary instructor will be notified if the proposal has been accepted or rejected. Please inform your co-authors of acceptance. All authors must accept the terms of presentation by logging into the Academy website. 

Submission Deadlines: 

Please note the following important dates: 

  • January 30, 2024:  Submission deadline for all scientific papers/abstracts. 
  • March 15, 2024: Submission deadline for all course proposal outlines. 
  • April 26, 2024:  Course proposal submissions as well as scientific papers/abstracts will be notified regarding the acceptance status of their submission.   
  • May 1 – 30, 2024: Poster submission portal open.   
  • May 10, 2024: Speaker agreements must be signed in the portal. 
  • September 6, 2024: Handouts due to be uploaded in the portal. 
  • September 6, 2024: Submission of ePoster PDF for accepted posters due in portal. 

 

Early submission is encouraged.  Late submissions will not be considered.  If you have any questions or difficulty with the online course submission process, please contact Megan Schoenfelder at megan@aaomc.org