Members-in-Training

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Membership in ARVO benefits the education and career development of Members-in-Training in a variety of ways. This includes targeted events and workshops at the Annual Meeting, opportunities for networking with colleagues, and information about funding and professional development.  

Who are Members-in-Training
"Members-in-Training" are ARVO Members who are students and/or trainees in the early stages of their career. Membership dues are significantly lowered for this class of members.

MIT Commitee
The MIT Committee is available to address the needs and concerns of Members-in-Training. They're the reason more student/trainee workshops are available at the Annual Meeting this year! Share your thoughts and comments by contacting the MIT Committee.

At-Large MIT Board of Trustee member
In 2011, the ARVO Board of Trustees added a new seat to represent and communicate the needs of ARVO's student member community. An ex officio non-voting position, the At-Large Members-in-Training Trustee position is a two-year term that begins with the Fall Board of Trustees Meeting.

The current MIT Board member, Emily Patterson, began her term with the 2017 Fall Board meeting in New Orleans, LA and will conclude her term at the 2019 Fall Board meetng in San Francisco, Calif. The nominations and selection process for the next MIT Board member begins in June 2019. 

At-Large Members-in-Training history
Philip Ruzycki - October 2016 - October 2017 - BI Section
Jaclyn Bermudez, PhD - October 2015 - 2016 - GL Section
Megan Capozzi - October 2013 - October 2015 - RC Section
Anton Kolomeyer, MD, PhD - October 2011 - October 2013 - RE Section

2019 At-Large Members-in-Training Board member selection
The call for MIT nominations will open on June 17, 2019. The nominations period is open for 4 weeks, all MIT's are encouraged to apply by the July 19 nominations deadline. 

To be eligible, a candidate must be a current ARVO MIT at any training level.

In Training: Postgraduate fellows and residents
Individuals in full-time training at institutions of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision or ophthalmology who have attained a doctorate level degree.

In training: Students and pre-doctoral graduate students
Individuals enrolled full-time as undergraduates, graduate, optometry students or medical students at institutions of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision or ophthalmology who have not earned a doctorate level degree.

Membership in either or both training categories is limited to a total of 7 years. Lapsed members are allowed to rejoin as an MIT as long as they have not exceeded the 7-year limit. Example: (Jane Smith is an MIT for 4 consecutive years 2013-2017, but doesn't renew her dues in 2018. She renews in 2019. In 2019, she would be considered a 5th year MIT).

Note that if selected as the 2019 MIT, individuals must be available to attend the fall (2019, 2020, 2021) and spring (2020, 2021) Board meetings, which are held onsite on Saturday and Wednesday during the Annual Meeting.

How you benefit

Members-in-Training benefit from all the advantages others experience from being an ARVO Member. MITs can especially benefit from member resources, including:

  • Member directory
    Search for fellow members you might have met at the Annual Meeting or those in your Cross-sectional groups.
  • Past abstracts
    ARVO members have free access to the archive of ARVO Annual Meeting abstracts.   
  • Online Education
    The ARVOLearn platform provides self-paced modules, career development resources, CMEs and past Annual Meeting session recordings.

MIT Central

Here are some other resources you might enjoy as a trainee:

Jobs
Home to the best jobs in eye and vision research.
Funding
Updated regularly with deadlines, and grants and fellowship information.
Network
Collaborate with other members and stay connected with ARVO information and events.