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24 FEB - 28 FEB


You are joining us to pass your written or oral boards. We are here to make sure that happens. We have 30+ years of experience, giving you tips and techniques to study for your exam.


Our job is to equip you not rob you!

You will find for our 5-day study course prices to be reasonable and less expensive than others and we have a higher pass rate than most other courses.


We will be located in San Antonio, Texas. 

It is in our name after all! Our hotel is Estancia del Norte San Antonio a Tapestry Collection by Hilton.  We have a room block with special room pricing. 

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This 5-day instructional course provides a comprehensive overview of clinical ophthalmology for residents and practicing ophthalmologists. Specific emphasis is placed on preparing attendees for the annual OKAP and American Board of Ophthalmology examinations. In addition to certification or recertification preparation, it serves as an excellent clinician update. We won't sugar coat this- this course is rigorous and is intended for those who are serious about passing their exam.  

All attendees will be offered an electronic version of our 600+ study guide, the PowerPoint session slides, on-demand videos, and time at the end of each session for Q&A.  For attendees choosing the virtual course, the videos and presentations will be loaded by the end of the in-person conference. 

Our speakers have all been in your place and they want you to succeed! In each session, the speaker will give you tips and tricks to help you remember important items.  Each session is different- speakers keep you engaged with questions during sessions, pre-tests, and helpful images to aid you in identifying diagnosis and treatment. 

On Friday, 28 FEB from 11:30-2:30pm CST we will offer mock orals in person. The intent of this is for you to practice your mock orals as you will experience them in the real world. Take the jitters out of your oral boards and participate in our mock orals. At the end of each session, our faculty will give you helpful advice after each round specific to you. Participants will rotate to 4 different rooms, every 30 minutes, to discuss different scenarios. There are 2-3 participants in each room to ensure maximum learning.  This is a SEPARATE registration and can be combined with the Course. Space is limited and often sells out.  Note: You do not have to attend the course to participate in mock orals.

SAOC began as an intensive review for military ophthalmology residents based in San Antonio and 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. We have 30 years of course instruction and participants successfully pass their exams.  Our course was founded and is still operating with the vision of helping participants succeed.

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In- Person Registration fees include: (* indicates On-Demand Course availability)

  • High-quality talks preparing you for your exams*

  • 35+ hours of course hours (does not include Mock Orals)

  • Downloadable color copy of the syllabus (PDF format)*

  • Digital PowerPoint presentations through our conference app* 

  • Ask questions of your peers, create study groups through the app*

  • Access to our faculty for questions

  • On-Demand access to our course videos*

  • Lunch is provided on Tuesday- we have Optics that day and need a quick turnaround for lunch

What is not included: 

  • Printed course syllabus- no longer available

  • Meals (except Tuesday lunch)- we want to keep our registration rates as low as possible

  • Charging cords for your laptop- please remember them!

  • Mock Oral session

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On-Demand Course

CME not available for this option.


Residents, Fellows, Practicing Clinicians & Physicians


Active Duty and Retired Military Physicians and Military Practicing Physicians


Active Duty Resident or Fellow



Virtual Mock Orals- Friday, March 4th from  9-11am CST 



Estancia del Norte San Antonio,

Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Just off Loop 410, our hotel is next to North Star Mall and San Antonio International Airport, less than 10 minutes from the terminal. We are within 10 miles of the Alamo, River Walk, and the Pearl district. The hotel offers free airport shuttle and parking.

Special SAOC Rate $143.00+tax.

Rate is valid until Feb 01, 2024


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