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Calls for proposals

2016 ARVO Education Courses

Submission deadline: 8am U.S. Eastern Standard, on Monday, July 6, 2015.

Review the Education Course Proposal Guidelines then Submit a proposal for an ARVO Education Course.

ARVO Education Courses are held on the Saturday preceding the ARVO Annual Meeting. They are programmed separately from AM sessions. They also require separate registration fees. In 2016, the Education Courses will be held on Saturday, April 30.

Courses are intended to be tutorial in nature and should focus on topics that require in-depth review and discussion, do not fit within the current annual meeting structure, and have not been addressed well in recent years. Topics may be scientific, skills-related, fulfill professional development needs, or otherwise be of direct benefit to ARVO members.

Course proposals may be submitted by any ARVO member and are considered for selection by the Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC). There is no limit to the number of proposals that may be submitted.

While all completed proposals will be equally considered, PDEC has identified three topics for which they are particularly encouraging proposals:

  • Applying gene-editing to vision research, with a focus on the CRISPR technology
  • Basic research on non-human primate vision and primate models of eye diseases
  • Cell-cell communication in ocular diseases

In addition to PDEC approval for the course content, the ARVO CME Committee will review all approved courses for CME-eligibility.

Some courses are a half-day (8:30am – Noon or 1 – 4:30pm) while others are all day (8:30am – 4:30pm). A 15-minute refreshment break is included in the morning and/or afternoon, and a one-hour lunch break is included for all-day courses.

The following templates are provided to help outline your course agenda.

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