Sections/Special Groups

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ASRS’s membership sections offer members the opportunity to tailor their experience with education, activities, networking and leadership opportunities that are designed to meet their more specific professional needs.  

Early Career

The Early Career Section (ECS) is composed of ASRS members who have been in practice for 7 years or less. Among other benefits of membership, ECS members enjoy a vibrant network of peers, representation on the ASRS Board of Directors through the ECS Board Representative, and a symposium at the ASRS Annual Meeting.


The Fellow-in-Training (FIT) Section includes all ASRS Fellow-in-Training members and International Fellow-in-Training members. The Section is led by two co-chairs and provides fellows with networking, research, and learning opportunities to enhance their training experience.

Fellowship Directors Section

The Fellowship Directors Section’s Training & Education Committee has compiled valuable resources for fellowship directors and fellows in training. 

If you are an ASRS member and a fellowship director (or involved in fellowship training), we invite you join the Section to enjoy access to medical and surgical reading lists with PDF downloads of 'must read' retina papers, fellowship teaching webinars hosted by national leaders in vitreoretinal education, our Online Journal Club, and more. 

Retina Practice Administrators Section

The American Society of Retina Specialists is working to create a strong and vibrant professional network for practice administrators and to provide timely information, education and resources to help RPAs enhance productivity and efficiency, anticipate industry change and manage pivotal practice issues day in and day out.

Women in Retina (WinR)

The Women in Retina (WinR) Section provides a network of peers, a mentoring program, and an annual symposium at the ASRS Annual Meeting for all section members. Automatic inclusion in the WinR Section is provided for all female ASRS members; however, membership in WinR is open to all members.

Resident Members

Resident membership is free and applicants can hold status as a resident member until June 30 of the last year of ophthalmology residency. Upon successful match into a US or Canadian medical retina or surgical retina fellowship, the resident member is permitted to submit a request for transition of membership status. Resident members are not eligible to hold ASRS office or vote. Resident members have access to a wide range of member-privileged resources.

DEI Ad Hoc Committee

The ASRS Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is working to increase the representation and amplify the voices of individuals that are Underrepresented in Medicine (URiMs) within the field of retina. To that end, the committee runs a mentorship program for URiMs, undertakes research exploring health equity issues, and creates educational materials for the ASRS membership on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.