URiM Mentorship Program

The URiM Mentorship Program, launched in June 2022, is unique in that  it is built around groups of mentees and mentors known as families. Each of the six families currently consists of four mentors and two to four mentees. The long-term goal is to foster deep, life-long professional relationships that will encourage the mentees to become retina specialists. The mentees represent  a wide range of races and sexual orientations. This is the first ophthalmology mentorship program that openly includes LGBTQ+ trainees.

The DEI Mentorship Pilot Program also has a traditional track in which mentors and mentees are paired up one-on-one. These participants also have the opportunity to benefit from some of the family track training materials to allow them insight into the roles and responsibilities of mentorship. 

Program facilitators have included Debon Lewis, CEO/ Founder - Transformative Growth Partners, Dr. Tamara Fountain,  Past President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Julio Alvarez, Executive Coach, and Dr.  César Briceño (Assistant Dean of DEI, U Penn).

Read testimonials from some of our mentees here and view a selection of the mentorship session recordings here!

Applications for 2024 are now open. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, apply here. Mentees should apply here. If you are a returning family-track mentor or mentee from 2023, please apply here. Please note that the application deadline is March 8, 2024.

To learn more about ASRS's various mentorship programs and to decide which one is right for you, review our mentorship programs overview chart.

Thank you to the 2023 family-track mentors:

Adrienne W. Scott, MD, FASRS
Alexis Warren, MD
Amy S. Babiuch, MD, FASRS
Basil K Williams, MD
Cassie A Ludwig, MD, MS
David S Chin Yee, MD, FASRS
Ella H Leung, MD
Hong-Uyen Hua, MD
Hossein Nazari, MD, PhD
Ines Lains, MD, PhD
James K. Luu, MD
Jennifer I. Lim, MD, FARVO, FASRS
Jessica D Randolph, MD, FASRS
Jessica E Weinstein, MD
Joseph M. Coney, MD, FASRS
Kevin M. Shiramizu, MD
Leanne Clevenger, MD
Michael A Harrell, MD
Audina M. Berrocal, MD FASRS
Roberto Diaz-Rohena, MD
Rolake O. Alabi, MD PhD
Scott D Walter, MD, MSc, FASRS
Theodore Leng, MD, MS, FASRS
Vivienne S. Hau, MD, PhD


And thank you to the 2023 traditional-track mentors:

Avni P Finn, MD, MBA, FASRS
Camille V Palma, MD
Christopher D. Riemann, MD
David J Massop, MD
Jayanth Sridhar, MD
Jordan D Deaner, MD
J. Daniel Diaz, MD
Joshua H. Uhr, MD
Kumar Sambhav, MD
Luis J Haddock, MD
Maria Stephanie R. Jardeleza, MD
Mercy W Kibe, MD
Mitul C Mehta, MD MS FASRS
Moises Enghelberg, DO, MSc
Nimesh A. Patel, MD
Nneka O Brooks, MD
Peter K. Kaiser, MD FASRS
Tanu O. Thomas, MD
Thamolwan Surakiatchanukul, MD