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How and Why to Stay Involved With the AOA

The AOA is an extremely important entity in the optometric community.

The American Optometric Association directly facilitates the ongoing advocacy efforts to maintain and increase the scope of our practice. It is imperative that new graduates continue to support the AOA and their efforts. We are all student members of the AOA, but it is important to continue that membership after graduation.

We’ve reached out to Susan J. Chiles, Marketing Communications Manager of the AOA, and asked for a few simple steps on how to keep your membership after graduating.

Here is what she had to say:

As a member, and involved in the American Optometric Association, you will be a part of the bigger optometric community. You will make countless connections and relationships with other optometrists, who will help you grow both professionally and personally. As a member of the association, you will be able to directly support ongoing advocacy efforts to maintain your current scope of practice and make new strides to help further patient care.

Susan J. Chiles, Marketing Communications Manager of the AOA 

The steps to keep your AOA membership after graduation

If you’re an AOSA member, you’re also an AOA member until you graduate.

  • Join an AOA state association/affiliate by the end of your graduation year.
  • For state association/affiliate contact information, visit and click the top of the page where it says “Find My State/Affiliate.”
  • You should call, email or visit your state association/affiliate website and join as soon as possible after graduation to avoid any lapse in your membership. You can also complete the online form at and the AOA will have your state association/affiliate contact you about membership.
  • Be sure to keep your contact information up to date on the “My Profile” page in the Student Section of (log-in required) at

Support your profession, STAY INVOLVED!

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About Antonio Chirumbolo

Antonio Chirumbolo
Antonio Chirumbolo, OD, is Associate Director of Marketing at CovalentCareers. Antonio's focus is in the world of digital publications and healthcare marketing, with special attention on content creation, management, and development.

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