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New Graduate Membership 

If you join the year you graduate, there is a $50, plus tax registration fee and there are no professional fees charged.  New graduates are eligible for a 25% reduction in AAO professional dues, fees and levies in their first calendar year of practice in Alberta after graduation, which increases to 50% in the second year of practice.  This exception does not apply to members who have been employed by a university as a full-time clinical resident, employed as a full-time graduate student or have practiced in any other jurisdiction.

Benefits include (a full benefits guide will be provided with membership):
A voice in legislative affairs
A listing on the patient Find an Optometrist tool on the AAO webpage
Patient information materials and aids
Public promotional campaigns, materials and equipment loans
Member discounts for personal and professional services
Regional meetings and workshops
Continuing education opportunities, in-person and online
AAO annual general meeting and conference
Monthly newsletters that provide current and trending practice and optometry news
AAO vision care programs (Eye See. . .Eye Learn® and Eyesafe™)
Online resources
Membership with the Canadian Association of Optometrists
New Grad Orientation session