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2018 Research Scholar Honoree information page


PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONOphthalmology Times invites all ophthalmic institutions to nominate residents and fellows involved in unique and notable research relative to the topic of retina.   Nominees are to submit a summary and abstract to be considered for this exclusive recognition program. This educational activity is intended for fellows and residents. All submissions must include retina research that will contribute to the retinal community.

A panel of expert judges will review and select the top 15 submissions. Ophthalmology Times will invite the top 15 nominees to present at the awards reception held during AAO 2018 on October 25, 2018 in Chicago. In a reception afterward, Ophthalmology Times will announce 1st- through 5th-place winners.

To make this valuable education experience available to a broader audience, Ophthalmology Times will publish top presentations on ophthalmologytimes.com, and include summaries in an edition of Ophthalmology Times. The top 5 finalists will have their entries featured in a supplement to a peer-reviewed publication.  Therefore, to be considered as a finalist in this program, we request first right of refusal for publication for inclusion in the peer-reviewed journal.  

This is an educational activity supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and from Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.

Please submit your nomination to eyecare-events@ubm.com by June 22, 2018.

Residents and fellows are asked to submit a summary and abstract by July 27, 2018 for review and voting.

  • 100-word summary (a high-level view of the study and its overall contribution to ophthalmology in layman’s terms)
  • 800-word abstract (a detailed description of the study in a template provided by Ophthalmology Times)

If selected as a finalist, we will request a presentation for the live portion of the program. 

  • PowerPoint presentation (in a template provided by Ophthalmology Times)
  • 5-minute live presentation (top 15 finalists only; on October 25, 2018 in Chicago)

Participating resident/fellows must submit the summary and abstract by July 27, 2018 to:

Elaine Evans
Project Manager

JUDGING AND SELECTION PROCESSOphthalmology Times will provide all entries to an expert panel of judges for review and selection. The panel will evaluate entries on the uniqueness of their research, as well as core competencies of medical knowledge and patient care relative to the topic of retina. Ophthalmology Times will notify the top 15 nominees and request that they present live in Chicago on October 25, 2018. These 15 finalists will receive reimbursement for travel and hotel accommodations for one night.

KEY DATES (subject to change)

  • 6/22/18: Nominations due from participating institutions
  • 7/27/18: Entries (summary and abstract) due from nominees
  • 8/31/18: Ophthalmology Times identifies 15 finalists
  • Finalists notified and invited to attend the live presentation on October 25, 2018 in Chicago
  • Registration link sent to finalists
  • Finalists book travel and submit to Ophthalmology Times for post-event reimbursement
  • Finalists confirm hotel accommodations and submit to Ophthalmology Times for post-event reimbursement
  • 10/25/18: Research Scholar Honoree Presentation Program
  • Arrival in Chicago (morning)
  • Hotel check-in
  • Research Scholar Presentation (afternoon)
  • Finalists present research to panel and finalist peers
  • Each finalist judged on presentation skills, uniqueness of research, and impact and contribution to ophthalmology
  • Panel determines top 5 winners
  • Top finalists and winner announced at closing reception



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