Military Educational Conferences & Free Online CME


SMO Annual Meeting at AAO
October each year
Location varies

Special event:
SERI Military Eye Research Symposium

Location: SERI/Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary Starr Center in Boston
Dates: 30-31 March 2017
Topic: Blast Eye

Military Refractive Session at ASCRS
Usually Monday from 0800-0930 in the third week of April each year
Location varies

San Antonio Ophthalmology Course
March of each year
San Antonio, TX
*** Note that the Navy is exempt from the usual conference attendance approval process ***

Ocular Trauma Course
May each year
USUHS, Bethesda, MD
*** Note the staff ophthalmologists are often included as instructors ***

Military Refractive Surgery Symposium
Typically early June each year
San Diego, CA

Alamo Day
April each year
San Antonio, TX


Ocular Trauma Call
Online video tele-conference that offers 1 hour of CME
Run by COL Robert Mazzoli, MD, USA (Ret)
3rd Monday of the month

AAO Online Offerings
AAO monthly webinars are free for residents!  Sign up for the webinar at  and choose the Resident price, and the discount will be automatically applied when you check out.

List of courses at that are eligible for 0.5-2 CME credits each

List of learning plans on a variety of topics at that are eligible for 3-5 CME credits each

Choosing Wisely online course at eligible for 20 CME credits.

Medscape Offerings

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SMO-SAOC Partnership

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What began as an intensive review for military ophthalmology residents based in San Antonio has grown to be an internationally recognized course with more than 250 civilian and military attendees annually. Formerly known as the Brooke Army Medical Center Ophthalmology Review Course, it was founded in 1993 by William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS.

This five-day instructional course provides a comprehensive overview of clinical ophthalmology for residents and practicing ophthalmologists. Specific emphasis is placed on assisting participants in organizing their individual studies relevant to the annual OKAP, American Board of Ophthalmology examinations, and Maintenance Of Certificate (MOC). All lectures are delivered by board-certified ophthalmology teaching faculty.

Due to Department of Defense restrictions on conferences and courses, the military no longer sponsors the event.  The San Antonio Ophthalmology Course and the Society of Military Ophthalmology partnered in 2014 due to common objective and personnel, and the Society of Military Ophthalmology is now the official course sponsor.

Military Refractive Safety and Standards Symposium (MRSSS)

The 2nd Annual Military Refractive Safety and Standards Symposium (MRSSS) was held June 8-10, 2016.  Surgeons, optometrists, residents, and technicians were invited to attend. This training course is designed to follow the annual refractive surgery training course given to our residents annually in June and featured didactic presentations and opportunities to learn from each other's experiences. The MRSSS conference is an opportunity for military refractive surgeons and their staff to collaborate and provide safe and effective refractive surgery to our warfighters!

Attached is the brochure from June 2016. When information for 2017 is available, it will be posted here.


MRSSS Brochure 2016

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