Members-in-Training career forum: Career pathways


Free webinar: June 8 | 11 - 12:30pm ET
Audience: Researchers and clinicians at all career stages, with a special focus on Members-in-training.

Scientists and clinicians are under pressure to obtain grant support, conduct research, run a lab, maintain a clinical practice, and teach trainees. This workload is further compounded by individual life stressors. Concern about these competing pressures has resulted in a heightened awareness regarding burnout. This webinar convenes a panel of researchers and clinicians at various career stages to share their perspectives on developing your career to avoid burnout and the importance of work-life balance. Speakers will discuss major hurdles they have overcome and lessons-learned, and will share helpful resources.

This workshop will help attendees identify career challenges and skills to navigate a healthy work-life balance.

Attendees of this webinar will learn to:

  • Identify career opportunities and challenges and focus on developing strategies to create a healthy work-life balance.
  • Identify their transferable knowledge and skills as eye care professionals in both the clinic and in research.
  • Understand the problems they might face when moving across the different career options, and how to best address these issues.

This webinar is hosted by the ARVO Members-in-Training Committee. A Certificate of attendance will be available to attendees upon request.

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Organizers & Moderators 

Wyndham BatchelorWyndham M. Batchelor, PhD
National Eye Institute

Lea BennettLea D. Bennett, PhD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Ophthalmology



  • Looking Forward to an Awesome Career

Emily PattersonEmily J. Patterson, PhD
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


  • Inspirational Career Stories

Donny SuhDonny W. Suh, MD
Eyemobile Service Gavin Herbert Eye Institute (GHEI) & University of California at Irvine 

  • The Professionalism Tree

Hans GrossniklausHans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA
Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Looking Back at an Amazing Career

Al SommerAl Sommer, MD MHS
 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

  • Managing a Laboratory During a Pandemic

Colleen McDowellColleen McDowell, PhD
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI