Early Career Section

The Early Career Section (ECS), formerly known as the Young Physicians' Section, 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.  

ECS Videos

The ECS Section features a variety of videos that offer practical tips and sage advice from ASRS mentors.

ECS Resources

The Section is pleased to offer information on relevant professional topics and resources that are tailored to meet the needs of young physicians. 

Early Career Section Mentoring Program 

The ECS now offers Fellow-in-Training and Early Career Section members the opportunity to connect with more seasoned ASRS members and hopefully build lasting and meaningful professional relationships.

Retina Roundtable

This online discussion forum will allow you to meet, ask and answer questions, and share ideas and information with fellow ECS members. Put the power of your peer network to work for you.

(*Note: The Retina Roundtable and the ASRS website operate on separate platforms. To join the forum please email lydia.steck@asrs.org. New members are added to the Roundtable on a biweekly basis. New members must log on to the discussion forum with their email address and then create a new password.)

Crystal Apple Award

The Crystal Apple is a special recognition presented to an ASRS member who has gone to great lengths to advance the education and professional development of young vitreoretinal specialists.


Surgical Videos

The ASRS offers a variety of video resources that focus on everything from today's most common retina surgical procedures to more innovative techniques and surgical approaches. 

Member-Sponsored Research 

& Learning Opportunities

Learn more about current research and learning opportunities provided by your peers or submit a call for participation.


Photo Gallery

Take a look back at past ECS events and learn more about our activities

Meet the ECS Co-Chairs

Join the ECS Section Facebook Group!

Connect with your ECS colleagues to share and exchange information and hear about upcoming retina events and meetings.

The Early Career Section Facebook page is a closed group available to ASRS ECS Members. To connect with the group simply follow the ASRS Early Career Section Facebook group link and request to join. The administrators will then verify your membership and accept you into the group.


Questions or comments on the ASRS Early Career Section are greatly appreciated. Please add any suggestions you may have for the section in the text box