We are excited to launch the new Women in Ophthalmology Clinical Trials Training Program with the aim to increase the number of women ophthalmologists in research. The rationale behind this program is twofold:
- Diversity amongst clinical trial investigators fosters participation of diverse study patient populations.
- There is a paucity of female lead investigators in ophthalmology.
If, as a profession, we truly want to increase diversity in leadership, research is the ideal venue to move the needle. Clinical trial involvement creates an abundance of leadership opportunities with the ability to author scientific publications, present findings at major meetings, and participate in advisory boards.
As we have evaluated topics presented at our annual WIO Summer Symposium, we learned that many female ophthalmologists had an interest in being involved in clinical research but would like further education in understanding how to initiate a clinical trial, recruit patients, handle an audit, manage budget shortfalls, etc.
CLINICAL TRIALS PROGRAM SURVEY
To clearly define educational gaps and provide meaningful educational content, we launched a Clinical Trials Program Survey to the WIO community. The results of this survey aided in structuring a comprehensive training and mentorship program for our members that we will be debuting this year. The first session in this yearlong curriculum will be on Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 11:35 – 12:35 pm, followed by an exclusive networking mixer for physicians and medical affairs personnel.
The companies listed below have committed to this one of a kind educational program to empower women ophthalmologists in clinical trials research. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts.