At the 2019 Optometry’s Meeting, the American Optometric Association (AOA) Congress adopted new solutions and bylaw amendments to advance the practice. The resolutions were passed June 22, 2019 and include:
In addition, a new “research scientist members” classification was initiated to better serve those without a doctorate of optometry but instead a PhD or PhD student status, as well as employed by an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education accredited or pre-accredited school or college of optometry. These members are now eligible to receive the AOA’s optometric educator membership.
The process for removing an officer or trustee from the Board of AOA Trustees was also revised. Removal now requires a three-quarters vote by the Board of Trustees for serious or repeat violations of the AOA’s procedures, as well as immediate reporting of the removal with rationale to the House of Delegates.
Follow aoa.org/news for further updates regarding these resolutions.
AOA adopts resolutions ranging from membership to media advocacy to veterans’ care. American Optometric Association. http://www.aoa.org/news/inside-optometry/aoa-board-of-trustee-resolutions-2019. June 25, 2019. Accessed June 27, 2019.