ASRS Mentorship Programs Overview

The American Society of Retina Specialists is committed to providing mentorship opportunities for our members. In addition to a Retina Practice Administrator Mentorship Program, we offer four physician mentorship programs that are tailored to meet the unique needs of retina specialists and those on the road to becoming retina specialists. These programs include the Women in Retina (WinR) Mentorship Program, the WinR Mentorship Program at the Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) Summer Symposium, the Early Career Section Mentorship Program, and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion/Underrepresented in Retina Mentorship Program (family-track and traditional-track). Each program has its own focus and benefits, so it is important to carefully consider which one is the best fit for you. In this overview, we provide a brief description of each program to help you make an informed decision.

 

Women in Retina (WinR)

WinR Mentorship Program at the Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) Summer Symposium

Early Career Section (ECS)

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Family Track

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Traditional Track

Who are the mentees

Fellows in training and early career retina specialists

Fellows in training and retina specialists who have graduated from fellowship within the last two years

Fellows and early career retina specialists (with less than 7 years of experience)

Residents (underrepresented populations)

Residents (underrepresented populations)

Who are the mentors

Retina specialists

Retina specialists

Retina specialists with 7 or more years of experience

Retina specialists and fellows (any population)

Retina specialists and fellows-in-training (any population)

Main activities

Quarterly Zoom sessions

Mentees attend the WIO meeting accompanied by a senior WinR member who will act as a mentor during the program

Quarterly e-mail prompts

Zoom sessions and in-person sessions at AAO & ASRS (5 total; required)

Zoom sessions and in-person sessions at AAO & ASRS (5 total; optional)

 Grant

 $2,000 for mentees to attend the ASRS Annual Meeting    N/A  $2,000 for mentees and FIT mentors to attend the ASRS Annual Meeting  N/A

WinR also has a Clinical Trials Incubator (CTI) mentorship program and will be accepting applications for new mentees in 2025.