Call for Education Course Proposals

Organize a pre-conference course

The Call for Education Course Proposals for ARVO 2020 is now closed.
Decision notifications will be sent the week of August 12. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal. 

Submission Deadline: Fri., July 12, 2019 at 5pm EST.
Please review the Education Course Proposal Guidelines.

The courses will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Proposals may be for a half day (3.5 to 4 hours of instruction/discussion) or full day (6.5 to 7 hours of instruction/discussion). 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.

ARVO members in a membership category other than MIT consecutively from 2017-2019 are eligible to submit a proposal to organize an education course. (This requirement applies to organizers only and not to speakers or panelists.) Course organizers are also required to submit a commercial relationships disclosure form.

All complete proposals are considered for selection by the Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC). Decision notifications will be sent the week of August 12, 2019.

Proposals 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. When drafting your proposal, be sure to answer the question, “What will the attendees be able to do differently because they attended this course?”

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.

You will need to submit a draft agenda with your proposal. Please use the following agenda templates.

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