About the Initiative

In ophthalmology the role played by women is immense with more than 50% of ophthalmologists being female. Meanwhile, female representation at leadership level drops dramatically with only 10% holding leadership positions.

While other subspecialties, such as gynecology, has seen increased female representation it is sadly not the case within ophthalmology. Although more than 50% of ophthalmology peer reviewed papers are written by women, this is not the case in editorials where women are represented in less than 5% of cases.

Women’s Leadership Development Program

The program will see the development of:

A yearly grant solely available to female physician-scientists
under the age of 40

A long-term fellowship for women

A long-term lab-based fellowship for women

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Aim

The goal of the Euretina Women’s Leadership Program is to fulfill the Society’s mission to nurture diversity in leadership at all levels in the field of retina.

In so doing, the program aims to increase the profile of Euretina as a leader in scientific and social/scientific matters across Europe and globally. In line with the ethos of the Society, the program aims to educate the wider ophthalmic community by supporting the professional development of promising female retina specialists.

Means

This will be a one-year leadership development program, to include a committee of mentors focused to offer insights and guidance to candidates. The committee may comprise a combination of board members and other international names in the field of retina.

Plan

The committee will meet virtually on a monthly basis for the first 3 months of the program. Thereafter, meetings will be co-ordinated on a quarterly or ad hoc basis.

The program will see the development of:

• A yearly grant solely available to female physician-scientists under the age of 40
• A long-term fellowship for women
• A long-term lab-based fellowship for women

A virtual lounge will be established to facilitate gender-related conversation. This will also host a schedule of quarterly talks by experts who can assist in professional development and with whom female participants will be able to discuss gender related challenges. Specific topics addressed in this forum will include career
development and leadership training.

Subject to sufficient funding, other resources such as executive coaching may be offered following selection of the appropriate mentors.

Industry Sponsorship

Support for this initiative will be sought from the Industry. Sponsors will provide financial support but will have no direct influence over the program content.

Sponsors may help build the program, given their inevitable experience of such initiatives within their own organizations, which would prove beneficial to Euretina in its planning.

Program Leaders

First leaders of the program are proposed as Anat Loewenstein, Nicole Eter, Caroline Klaver and Dara Conlon.
Additional leaders from outside the Board will also be sought. Contributions to the program will also be sought from time to time from key male figures in the field of retina.

Prof. Anat LoewensteinProf. Anat LoewensteinIsraelTel Aviv Medical Centre
Prof. Nicole EterProf. Nicole Eter GermanyMedical University Muenster
Prof. Caroline KlaverProf. Caroline Klaver NetherlandsErasmus MC, Rotterdam

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