WinR Mentoring Program

The purpose of Women in Retina (WinR) is to partner with industry to create a year-round mentoring program for young women retina specialists.


WinR was founded in 2007 with the help of Genentech, Inc. It has found its niche at the ASRS Annual Meeting where it brings together women members for mentoring, networking, collegiality, and inspiration during the WinR luncheon and the WinR Fluorescein Case Conference.

Although the ASRS Annual Meeting is just once a year; there are many more opportunities throughout the year to interact with and inspire young women retina specialists. Our long-term goal is to get more women involved in research, presenting at podium, becoming key opinion leaders, and holding prominent positions in organized retina and ophthalmology.


In addition to the ASRS Annual Meeting functions, WinR offers additional mentoring opportunities throughout the year as described below:


ARVO Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI – April 29
WinR will host a luncheon for fellow members and retina fellows at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting. The luncheon is an opportunity to present research, provide practice at the podium, highlight young women’s research and talents, as well as provide coaching.   


ASRS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada – July 20-24
WinR will host their annual luncheon during the 35th ASRS Annual Meeting. The luncheon will feature a keynote speaker; while the case conference offers WinR members the opportunity to present interesting cases.

2018 WIO Summer Symposium, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – August 16-19
Both mentors and mentees will have the opportunity to network with women who are prominent in organized ophthalmology, including past presidents of WIO, presidents of subspecialty societies, chairwomen, and prominent researchers. The $2,000 mentee grant will cover travel and other related meeting expenses. 

19th Annual AVTT  Symposium – Chicago, Illinois – August 24-26
WinR is once again hosting a dinner for retina fellows and WinR members in conjunction with the 19th Annual Advanced Vitreoretinal Techniques and Technology (AVTT) Symposium The dinner will be an opportunity to meet WinR leadership and network with other WinR members from the Chicago-area.


AAO Subspecialty Day – Chicago, Illinois – October 26-27
ASRS Fellow-in-Training (FIT) members and young ASRS physician members (up to 2 years out of fellowship) are eligible to receive a $2000 travel grant. The travel grant will give you the opportunity to attend Retina Subspecialty Day accompanied by a senior WinR member, who will act as a mentor throughout the program. At the meeting, both mentors and fellows-in-training will have opportunities to network with women who are prominent in organizational ophthalmology, including past presidents of AAO, presidents of subspecialty societies, chairwomen, and prominent researchers.

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