Exciting Changes to the Upcoming GWCO Congress! 

The 2020 GWCO Congress will be virtual. We are committed to providing you with meaningful education.

Last Updated June 23, 2020

As the uncertainty of the current climate continues to revolve around the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the GWCO Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to forgo an in-person Congress this fall (September 17-20, 2020) in Portland, Oregon.

The GWCO Board reached its decision after Governor Brown of Oregon released her "Plan for Rebuilding a Safe and Strong Oregon" that advises the cancellation of large gatherings (including conventions) through at least September 2020. Without a doubt, GWCO places the health and safety of our attendees, industry partners, and staff at our highest priority.

GWCO remains committed to delivering an unparalleled educational program that provides positive and meaningful experiences to ODs, paraoptometrics, students, and the at-large optometric community. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that plans are being finalized for a re-imagined, virtual GWCO Congress for this September!

New dates have been selected for the 2020 Congress, September 18—20, 2020. Further details about revised programming and activities and updated industry partnership opportunities will be shared with the GWCO community in the coming weeks. So please stay tuned!

We will be updating the GWCO website as 2020 details become available.


About GWCO Congress

GWCO's annual education and networking event is packed full of outstanding ophthalmic education including courses on breakthrough technologies, pharmaceuticals, glaucoma, contact lenses, nutrition, increasing profit, paraoptometric research, and more!

GWCO welcomes more than 750 attendees and more than 170 industry partner representatives to the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR for an educational and fun themed event. In 2019 we will be celebrating with a roaring 20's theme and educational sessions for ODs and AOPS.

GWCO Congress was developed to provide an educational venue for the optometric professional in GWCO member states to come together and receive high-quality, multi-track optometric education. As a way to encourage the participation of members and state leaders, net profits from the annual congress are returned to the GWCO states based on an attendance formula.

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