AESC - 2016 Annual Meeting

President Brian Welcome invites you to join your fellow Club members at a beach party for the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Eye Study Club!

Where:    Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island Resort
                (near Jacksonville, FL)

When:     Tuesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 7, 2016

Get hotel reservation information HERE

Meeting registration - CLICK HERE 
     Online registration is now closed!

Program information and to submit a paper - CLICK HERE

General Information

Housing Information

The AESC has arranged for a block of rooms at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Resort for the dates of our conference.  The cut-off date for reservations is Friday, July 1, 2016... so be sure to make your reservations before then!

Reservation methods

The hotel has set up a special website for AESC members make reservations.  However, they suggest that if you have special requests, such as adjoining rooms, that you call the toll-free group reservations number, to assure that appropriate space is available.

  • Online reservations:
  • Phone reservations:  866-763-2960  (be sure to identify yourself at attending the American Eye Study Club conference)
  • Please note that our groups rates are available three days before/after our conference (subject to availability), so don't get confused if you see dates on the Ritz Carlton reservations webpage that are different from our meeting dates.

Room Types & Prices

The AESC group housing block has the following room options and prices:

These prices are subject to state and local taxes in effect at the time of check-in (11% as of December 2014).
Group rates will be honored three days before or after the conference on a space-available basis.+

Additional Important Information

  • All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
  • Cancellations -- Guests canceling their complete reservation at least seven days before arrival will forfeit their deposit.  Guests cancelling less than seven days before arrival will be responsible for the full cost of their planned stay (room and tax).  The resort may waive these provisions in the case of a medical or family emergency.
  • Cutoff Date -- Reservations must be received by the hotel on or before Friday, July 1, 2016.  After this date, reservations will be on a space-available basis at a rate that is no more than 25% higher than the group rate.
  • No-shows and early departure -- "No-shows" will be charged the full room revenue for the dates of the reservation.  For any reserved rooms vacated prior to the schedule departure date, the guest will be charged the full rate for the complete planned stay.
  • Arrival/Departure - Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.; Check-out time is before 12:00 noon.
  • Service Charges (as of 2014)
    • Valet Parking - $20 per vehicle, per night (self-parking is not available)

Meeting Registration

Registration for the 59th Annual Meeting of the AESC is now open!  The link below will take you to the conference form where you can register yourself, your family/guests, and also sign up for the group excursions planned during the meeting.

View details about the recreational events HERE.


Download the paper registration form in PDF format - CLICK HERE 

Program Information

Program chair:
David Granet, MD

The success of the AESC and its meetings are a direct result of the participation of the members.  Our sessions are very interactive; discussion, challenges to thinking and questions are strongly encouraged.  Be thinking about lectures, interesting cases, or mini-symposiums you would like to present!  As a reminder, talks will be seven minutes in length with eight minutes set aside for discussion.  Panel discussions or symposia can be longer... be sure to discuss with the program chair before submitting.

  • Call for Papers -- Complete either the online form for fill out the paper submission form (PDF format posted here) to submit your talk.  Submit your abstract as soon as possible, but no later than May 31st.
    • Online form
    • Paper form (PDF download) - coming soon
  • View the current abstracts submitted - CLICK HERE
  • Conference overview schedule - CLICK HERE
  • Updated! Detailed Clinical Program - CLICK HERE

Continuing Medical Education Items

Spouse Book Club

Amy Welcome has selected a poignant story for this year's Book Club -- "When Breath Becomes Air" by Paul Kalanithi.

From the review:  When Breath Becomes Air is a powerful look at a stage IV lung cancer diagnosis through the eyes of a neurosurgeon. When Paul Kalanithi is given his diagnosis he is forced to see this disease, and the process of being sick, as a patient rather than a doctor--the result of his experience is not just a look at what living is and how it works from a scientific perspective, but the ins and outs of what makes life matter. This heart-wrenching book will capture you from page one and still have you thinking long after the final sentence.

Other Useful Stuff

Airport Transportation

If you are not renting a car for your stay on Amelia Island, here are some other options you may want to consider.  PLEASE NOTE - This year, the AESC is not coordinating pre-arranged airport transportation. The following are offered as a resource... we have not "vetted" any of the listings below.

Standard taxi fares appear to be around $50, but as always, it's best to ask the driver before you depart!



Last Updated on Sunday, July 31, 2016 08:47 AM