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2017 Research Scholar Honoree Program



We are asking all ophthalmic institutions to nominate fellows and/or 3rd year residents involved in unique/notable research in retinal disease. Fellows/Residents will need to submit an abstract, and summary including what the research contributes to the retinal community.

These submissions will be reviewed by our panel of expert judges, and the top submissions (up to 20) will be invited to present at a reception held on November 9th in New Orleans (just before the start of AAO). This program will promise to provide all attendees with a rich educational experience.

Five Fellows/Residents will be selected as the finalists; the winner will be announced during the reception. To make this valuable education available to a broader audience the top 5 will be published in a supplement to Ophthalmology Retina.  In addition, the top 20 abstracts will be published online at www.ophthalmologytimes.com and will be featured in an edition of Ophthalmology Times.


Directors are asked to nominate fellows/residents by contacting Ophthalmology Times at meg.benson@ubm.com by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.


Fellows/Residents will be asked to submit an abstract, and summary report to Ophthalmology Times for review and voting.

·       100-word summary (what is this piece contributing; what is the overall contribution to ophthalmology in layman’s terms)

·       800-word abstract (template provided by UBM)

Participating Fellows/Residents to submit all materials by September 13, 2017 to:

Meg Benson

Director, Custom Projects




The entries are judged on the uniqueness of their research, and core competencies of medical knowledge and patient care relative to the topic of retina.  All submissions will be provided to the judging panel for review and selection. Panel will identify the top 20 submissions to be elevated to the next round of judging (which will be onsite  in New Orleans during a live program, on Nov. 9, 2017).

KEY DATES (subject to adjustment)

·       9/6/17: All nominations due from participating institutions (extended deadline)

·       9/13/17: All submissions due from participating Fellows/Residents (summary andabstract)

·       9/25/17: UBM to notify/invite the top 20 Fellows

o   Top 20 to be invited to attend the Nov. 9, 2017 live presentation date in New Orleans (before the start of AAO)

o   Invitation email to be sent out to all top 20 Fellows

o   Fellows to confirm attendance on November 9 and book travel (accommodations (room & tax) for 1 night and air and ground expenses covered by Ophthalmology Times)

·       11/9/17: Fellows Scholar Research Presentations Program

o   Fellows arrive in New Orleans

o   4:00pm FELLOW SCHOLAR RESEARCH HONOREE PRESENTATIONS (Presentations followed by Recognition and Awards Dinner) / Meeting check in will begin at 3:00pm

o   Top 20 submitting Fellow/Resident will be present on Nov. 9, 2017 to present their abstract and research in person (to the audience of their Fellow & Resident peers, and judges’ panel)

o   Each presenting Fellow/Resident will be judged on their presentation skills, uniqueness of their research, and impact/contribution to ophthalmology (in the area of retina)

o   Judges will determine the 3 winning submissions/presentations (1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners)

o   The winners will be announced at the end of the day at a closing dinner reception



All top 20 submissions (800-word abstract) will be published in a program feature in Ophthalmology Times in 2018, along with their video testimonials from live event (online on ophthalmologytimes.com)

·       All finalists will receive recognition at the reception (from Ophthalmology Times

Q1 2018: Top 5 Abstracts will be published as a supplement to Ophthalmology Retina

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