Call for Education Course Proposals

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The call for 2019 Education Course proposals is now closed. The submission deadline was Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8am EDT. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal. Acceptance notifications will be sent the week of Aug. 6, 2018. 

The call for education course proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD will open mid-May 2019. Please review the Education Course Proposal Guidelines as you consider submitting a proposal.

Education courses are held on the Saturday immediately preceding the Annual Meeting. Proposals may be for a half-day (8:30am - noon or 1 - 4:30pm) or full day (8:30am - 4:30pm) course. A 15-minute refreshment break is included in the morning and/or afternoon, and a one-hour lunch break is included for full day courses. Boxed lunches are provided for full day courses.

Proposals must be submitted by ARVO members per the proposal guidelines document and are considered for selection by the Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC). Decision notifications will be sent the week of Aug. 6-10, 2018.

The proposal should describe an identified educational need that requires in-depth review and discussion, includes participant interaction with experts and does not fit within the current annual meeting structure. Course agenda items should build upon and relate to one another in order to meet specified learning objectives.

Course topics may be scientific, skills-related, fulfill professional development needs or otherwise be of direct benefit to ARVO members. Topics that are likely to attract 100 or more registrants are highly desired.

The following templates are to be used to submit the proposed course agenda. You will be asked to upload one as part of the proposal. You will also be asked to upload a biosketch for each of the proposed organizers. The biosketch can be in NIH or equivalent format. 

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

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