Awards

 

WIO Awards

Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) strives to promote women within the field of ophthalmology through awards given for scientific merit, humanitarian effort, mentorship, leadership, and impact made on the field.

WIO is proud to offer the following awards and honors:

Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman Award

Nominations Due Monday, May 29, 2018

In pursuit of Women in Ophthalmology’s (WIO) goal to enhance and improve the professional environment for women ophthalmologists, the WIO Board of Directors is pleased to offer the annual Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman Award, presented as part of the WIO reception held during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Suzanne Véronneau-Troutman created an endowment with the AAO Foundation that allows for an award to be given annually.

» View Dr. Véronneau-Troutman’s impressive history of contributions to the field of ophthalmology

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Bernice Z. Brown Memorial Lecture Award

The Bernice Z. Brown Memorial Lecture Award is given by the WIO Board of Directors to a WIO member in honor of Dr. Bernice Brown. Recipients are members who have contributed to the profession of ophthalmology and to the advancement of women in the profession. The honored guest is asked to speak at the annual WIO Summer Symposium about her life, accomplishments and how she has overcome obstacles in her profession. This lecture offers inspiring real-life stories of professional growth and success in the practice of ophthalmology.

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WIO Honorary Lecture Award

This award is given by the President of WIO to honor an individual who is a leader in ophthalmology and who has contributed to the profession as an educator, researcher or humanitarian. The awardee is invited to speak at the annual WIO Summer Symposium about their research, education or humanitarian efforts.

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Joanne Angle Poster of Distinction Award

Joanne Angle served as Executive Director of ARVO for 22 years. She passed away in March 2012. She was respected throughout the eye and vision research community for her knowledge, dedication and passion for her work. She also loved and encouraged the participation of young people in scientific programs. This award recognizes the highest scoring abstract submitted each year for the WIO Summer Symposium. The winner is presented with a certificate during the meeting.

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WIO Humanitarian Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

This award recognizes a Women in Ophthalmology member who has distinguished herself/ himself through outstanding humanitarian service in the US or Abroad. A humanitarian endeavors to improve the human condition through improving lives and alleviating suffering while supporting and contributing to the basic human dignity of those in need. A humanitarian gives of themselves, provides services without expectations of remuneration, respects and embraces human diversity and improves the lives of those in need through selfless, courageous, creative and compassionate acts. Recipients of the WIO Humanitarian Award must be conducting ongoing or recently completed (within five years of nomination) humanitarian efforts. These efforts do not necessarily need to be linked to ophthalmology or women’s issues.

Qualifications and Criteria
1. The nominee must be a WIO member who has demonstrated a pattern of humanitarian service in the US or abroad over a period of several years.

2. The nominee will have demonstrated caring and service of an exemplary degree to patients or to the public in general in the US or abroad. Qualifying service might include, but is not limited to:

  • Free care/Service to low income or indigent population
  • Focused efforts to address health care disparities in their community or abroad
  • Care to individuals in lower socioeconomic areas or working with underprivileged individuals of diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds
  • Community-based programs which engage collaboration when working abroad
    Demonstrates integration of teaching with the host country or community’s needs

3. The service must have been above and beyond the usual service commitment or expectations of service that were part of the nominee’s routine commitments, and demonstrate a level of personal sacrifice on the part of the ophthalmologist.

4. The service must have been consonant with the principles of the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association or American Academy of Ophthalmology

5. Only one such award may be given to an individual during his or her lifetime.

Selection of Recipients
The Nomination Committee of the WIO (led by the Immediate past president) will consider nominations that meet the qualifications and criteria above and that are received by the deadline. The selection committee will verify references of the nominee, and if necessary gather additional information in making their determination.

Selection of the award recipient will be determined by factors including, but not limited to: service of last three or more years; personal sacrifice of the individual, recommendations of the nominating organization and/or individuals identified in the nomination form, or others whom the committee may consult. Only one recipient will be selected if there are multiple nominations for this award that fulfill with the criteria. This award may not be given yearly if the committee feels that there are not enough qualified applicants.

Nomination Procedures
Nominations are solicited from organizations or individuals.

Describe in detail the nature of the public service in the US or abroad, the sustainability of service, the length and consistency of service, the scope of impact, and references who may be contacted. A maximum of two letters of recommendation may be included with the nomination form.

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WIO Mentorship Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

Mentorship is one of the most important determinants of a successful career. In recognition of the value WIO places on mentorship, the WIO Mentorship Award was created to reward outstanding mentors in the ophthalmology community. Awardees should have had a sustained career commitment to mentoring and demonstrated a significant positive impact on their mentees’ education and career, through advancing research and patient care in the field of ophthalmology. This award is based on the training experiences and success of the nominee’s mentees, not the mentor’s personal career achievements.  For the purpose of this award, mentoring is defined as the process of nurturing intellectual growth, professional guidance, supporting, career development, and promoting positive role mentoring in training and career development of mentees. Nominations will be solicited from WIO members annually in March.  Individual must be a WIO member if chosen for this award.

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WIO Educators Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

The WIO Educators Award was created to recognize teachers who have consistently provided an exceptionally positive and rewarding experience to their medical students, residents and fellows, producing physicians who are expertly trained to deal with the challenges of their upcoming careers. Nominees can be anyone who is teaching medical students, residents or fellows (private practice, fellowship preceptors and residency teachers and fellows). Examples of actions of qualified nominees include superb teaching, significant amount of time devoted to education, standardized and regular feedback on resident performance, ensuring that those in need of extra teaching are identified and assisted in a supportive manner, providing research and conference opportunities.
Individual must be a WIO member if chosen for this award.

Purpose
To recognize a Women in Ophthalmology member who has been educating individuals in the field of ophthalmology. Recipients of the WIO Educators Award must have ongoing or recently completed responsibilities in this field. This aspect of performance is valuable since individuals who are inspired by their teachers make better learners, teachers and service providers than those who do not. Any teacher nominated should respect the contractual rights of trainees and help ensure that they are met. Excellent teachers will also determine and respond to the various and changing needs of their trainees. This could include soliciting and responding to feedback from trainees, assisting with career placement, and addressing the specific needs of trainees, academic or otherwise.

Qualifications and Criteria
1. The nominee must be a WIO member who has demonstrated a pattern of educating individuals in Ophthalmology. Max 300 words

2. The nominee will have demonstrated a sustained career in education, a significant positive impact on the education of their trainees, which makes them better learners, teachers and service providers. Explain how this nominee exhibits these qualities.

3. The service must have been above and beyond the usual service commitment expected as part of the nominee’s job responsibilities.

4. Only one such award may be given to an individual during his or her lifetime.

Selection of Recipients
The Nomination Committee of the WIO (led by the Immediate past president) will consider nominations that meet the qualifications and criteria above and that are received by the deadline. The selection committee will verify references of the nominee, and if necessary gather additional information in making their determination.

Selection of the award recipient will be determined on the basis of factors including, but not limited to: service of least several years; personal sacrifice of the individual, recommendations of the nominating organization and/or individuals identified in the nomination form, or others whom the committee may consult. Only one recipient will be selected. This award may not be given yearly if the committee feels that there are not enough qualified nominees.

Nomination Procedures
Nominations are solicited from organizations or individuals.

Describe in detail the nature of the qualities that explains why this individual is a successful educator. How does this individual exemplify this important determinant above and beyond the expectations of their job or responsibilities?

Explain what this individual has done to guide, support and promote training and development. A letter of recommendation may be included with the nomination form.

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WIO Emerging Leaders Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

The WIO Emerging Leader Award recognizes individuals who are newer to practice and have already made significant contributions to WIO and/or to the profession, and have demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. The nominee must be in her first 10 years of the study or practice of ophthalmology. Specific examples of continuing activities must be provided.

Individual must be a WIO member if chosen for this award.

Purpose
To recognize a member of Women in Ophthalmology who is newer to practice and has already made significant contributions to WIO and/or to the profession and has demonstrated the potential for leadership and continuing service. The nominee must be in her first 10 years of study or practice of ophthalmology. Specific examples of continuing activities must be provided.

Qualifications and Criteria

  • The nominee must be a WIO member who has demonstrated a pattern of leadership and continuing service to Women in Ophthalmology. 300 words maximum
  • The nominee will have demonstrated significant contributions within the first 10 years of starting her career in ophthalmology. The impact should demonstrate leadership qualities and continuing service to the community. Explain how this nominee exhibits these qualities.
  • The service must have been above and beyond the usual service commitment they already provide as part of their routine job responsibilities.
  • Only one such award may be given to an individual during his or her lifetime.

Selection of Recipients
The Nominating Committee of the WIO (led by the Immediate past president) will consider nominations that meet the qualifications and criteria above and that are received by the deadline. The selection committee will verify references of the nominee, and if necessary gather additional information in making their determination.

Selection of the award recipient will be determined on the basis of factors including, but not limited to: leadership skills and service to WIO and/or the profession over time; recommendations of the nominating organization and/or individuals identified in the nomination form, or others whom the committee may consult. Only one recipient will be selected. This award may not be given yearly if the committee feels that there are not enough qualified applicants.

Nomination Procedures
Nominations are solicited from organizations or individuals.

Application Process
Submit a nomination by completing the form (linked below) in its entirety. Hand written nomination forms will not be accepted.

The application includes the following requirements:

  • Describe in detail the characteristics that explain why this individual is successful in helping WIO and/or the profession.
  • How does this individual exemplify the qualities of an Emerging Leader specifically in reference to WIO’s mission?
  • Explain what this individual has done to deserve this award.
  • A letter of recommendation must be included with the nomination form.
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WIO Recognition of Service Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

The WIO Recognition of Service Award recognizes individuals who have served in a volunteer leadership capacity for WIO (Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Program Chair, etc.) and made a significant difference in the organization. Nominations should include the nominee’s role, approximate dates of service and examples of improvements made in the organization and/or the professional environment for women in ophthalmology. Nominations will be solicited from WIO members annually in March.

Nominee must be a current WIO member to be nominated for this award.

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WIO Scientific Contribution Award

Nominations Due May 4, 2018 by 5:00 pm Central

The WIO Scientific Contribution Award recognizes a physician or non-physician scientist who has made a significant scientific contribution in the field of ophthalmology. The nominee must be involved in research which has made a significant contribution to the profession, and shown outstanding promise in this endeavor. Nominations will be solicited from WIO members annually. Individual must be a WIO member if chosen for this award.

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AAO Awards

Women in Ophthalmology is a special interest society of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This relationship provides WIO with the opportunity to have a seat on the AAO Council, host symposia and meetings during the AAO annual meeting and have access to special programs and awards for our members. WIO is proud to partner with the AAO on the following awards and initiatives:

OIS@AAO WIO Ambassador

Self Nominations are due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

Women in Ophthalmology (WIO) is partnering with the Ophthalmology Innovation Summit (OIS) to provide the opportunity for one young ophthalmologist, trainee, senior resident or fellow to attend the OIS meeting on Thursday, November 9, held prior to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2017 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

OIS was created to facilitate meaningful interactions and business partnerships between physicians, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry executives who are driving ophthalmic innovation. The selected ambassador will have the opportunity to meet with and attend the OIS meeting with a senior WIO leader who will serve as your mentor for the day, and perhaps beyond!

The ideal candidate is looking to build their pathway to being a key opinion leader, has a passion for surgery, and is excited about the opportunity to learn about and utilize new equipment or devices.

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AAO Leadership Development Program

This highly competitive program seeks to provide both orientation and skill development to future leaders of state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies in order to groom individuals with the potential to become leaders in ophthalmology, provide orientation and skills to allow potential leaders to promote ophthalmology locally and nationally and facilitate the promotion of program graduates into leadership positions both locally and nationally.

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AAO Outstanding Advocate Award

The nominee must be a fellow or member in good standing of the Academy who has demonstrated a pattern of advocating for the profession at the state and/or federal level(s) over a period of at least several years.

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AAO Advocacy Ambassador Program

The Advocacy Ambassador Program was established in 2004 by the Secretariat for State Affairs to educate residents and fellows early in their careers about the importance of political action and involvement in organized ophthalmology at both the state and national levels. The secretariat collaborates with Women in Ophthalmology to support the attendance of members-in-training at the Mid-Year Forum, Congressional Advocacy Day and the spring Council Meeting. The AAO provides complimentary registration and WIO provides a travel stipend to the chosen resident or fellow.

Please submit nomination by February 24, 2017

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