2018 National Meeting - Chicago

This meeting is now complete.  To those of you who were able to come to Chicago, thank you for attending!  We hope to see you next year in San Francisco.

NOTE -- "Early Bird" registration has ended

ATTENDEES - lists by name, city and membership category

PROGRAM information
    -- Check out the presenters
 for our Instruction Courses
    -- View the Meeting at a Glance (PDF document)
    -- New! Complete meeting program book (PDF document)


Things to do in Chicago

Mark the date for the AACO 2018 National Meeting in the Windy City -- Chicago  

The conference will start on Saturday, October 27 and ends on Monday, October 29, and will take place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel.  Program information and additional details for the meeting will be available soon.  And be sure to join us for the Sky High President's Reception at the Mid-America Club on the 80th Floor of the Aon Building.  In the meantime, block out your schedule for another excellent educational experience!

General Information of Interest

Program Information


Vice President - Alex Christoff, CO, COT; Baltimore, MD
Program Chair - Jennifer Lambert, CO; Boston, MA

CE Credits

This meeting has been JCAHPO-approved for 18.25 CEC hours, 14.25 CEC maximum per attendee, 14.75 AOC-approved CEC hours per attendee.


A quick rundown of the tentative schedule appears below.  Or view the Meeting at a Glance in PDF format.

Complete Meeting Program Handout (PDF document)

Please note --- Although we are planning to drop the Tuesday morning session, the expectation is to offer the same number of CE credits as in the past.  This change in schedule, hopefully, will save members another night in an expensive hotel room!  More details to come. 

All events take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 26

     Board of Directors Meeting - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Sheraton Gold Coast Room

Saturday, October 27

     AACO Instruction Courses - 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sheraton Ballrooms I & II
     2018 Annual President's Reception - 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. (Mid-America Club) - NOTE NEW DAY
AACO Education Committee - 5:15 - 7:15 pm; Sheraton Grand/Gold Coast Room

Sunday, October 28

     AACO Membership Business Meeting - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sheraton Ballroom I/II
     Joint AACO/AOC/AAPOS Sunday Symposium - 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (McCormick Place, Rm. E350)
     FOREA "Eye Bowl" Fundraising event -- 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; CLICK HERE for details

Monday, October 29

     Scientific Session and Exhibits - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sheraton Ballroom I/II
     Joint AACO/AAPOS Mini-Symposium: A Tribute to Gunter K von Noorden, MD


Registration Information

If you are planning to attend the National Meeting, we ask that you pre-register (online or by using the paper registration form).  We strongly discourage on-site registrations.  There is just one general registration for all attendees, regardless of the session(s) you plan to attend.  Once we receive your form, a confirmation (and credit card receipt, if applicable) will be sent to you by regular mail.

REGISTER - Thank you for attending... registration is closed.

Register online using the link above to pay with a credit card.

USE THIS PAPER FORM to pay with a check or credit card

Membership Category

Early Bird
Until 10/1/2018

On or after 10/2/2018

AACO or TCOS Member $395   $495
Non-members  $550 $650 
Students  $50  $100







Meeting Attendees

The following lists are offered as a reference for those attending the conference.  We are not including contact information, which members can view by logging in to the website and visiting the online membership directory.

Join us for a "Sky High" President's Reception

The 80th Floor of the Aon Building -- overlooking Grant Park and downtown Chicago -- will be the scene of the 2018 President's Reception.  Join us on Saturday evening for food, music and fun at the Mid-America Club.


Things To Do in Chicago - and other useful info!

Don't waste your visit to The Windy City just sitting around the hotel all the time.  Here are some things you can find to do in Chicago... plus some other tips for getting around.

Last Updated on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:46 PM