The EastWest Future OD Experience is designed to provide optometry students a preview of future practice and opportunities to connect with organized optometry. Current students will hear from Ohio Optometric Association (OOA) Leadership and Industry partners on the current state of Optometry and the importance of involvement. The EastWest Future OD Experience includes time in the Exhibit Hall led by OOA board members as well as participation in the EastWest Career Connection, an opportunity to network and meet with those seeking to hire.

Important Events at EastWest 2023:

  • Thursday, November 2nd
    • Course 600 – Call the Conference Lunch Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care (12:00 pm)
    • Course 501 – Keynote Lecture: Where Is My Money? (1:00 pm)
    • Exhibit Hall Opening and Oktoberfest (4:00 pm)
    • OOA Student Event (5:30 pm)
    • OOA Career Connections (6:00 pm)
    • OOA Honors (7:00 pm)
  • Friday, November 3rd
    • OOA Congress (8:00 am)
    • Poster Session in the Exhibit Hall (10:00 am)
    • Lunch with Allergan, Inc. or Oyster Point Pharmaceuticals (12:00 pm)
    • Top 10 Poster Presentation in the Exhibit Hall (3:00 pm)
    • OMG Student Happy Hour
      • Parlay Sporting Club and Kitchen
      • 570 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
      • The Optometric Management Group (OMG) will host a Student Happy Hour on Friday evening from 6:30-8:00 PM at Parlay Sporting Club and Kitchen. (This is a non-OOA event.) Contact [email protected] with questions.
    • Allergan Inc. VIEW event (8:00 pm)
    • EastWest Friday Night Party featuring Bad Habits (9:00 pm)

Career Connection

The EastWest Career Connection event is an opportunity for ODs and optometry students to network and learn about open positions and partnership opportunities. Those looking to hire will wear badges/buttons stating their purpose. Participants will be able to post opportunities prior to the in-person event through the EastWest website. Please email Jordan Quickel at [email protected] with your practice and best contact information, and your post will be added below: