Membership in ARVO benefits the education and career development of Members-in-Training in a variety of ways. This includes targeted events at the Annual Meeting, opportunities for networking with colleagues, and information about funding and professional development.
ARVO’s Board of Trustees approved a new Professional Code of Conduct. Each new and renewing member will be required to confirm that they have read and agree to follow this statement as a condition of their ARVO membership.
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.
- 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. Student status will be verified.
The MIT Committee is available to address the needs and concerns of Members-in-Training. Share your thoughts and comments by contacting the MIT Committee.
At-Large MIT Board of Trustees 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, Maria Cabrera-Aguas, began her term with the 2023 Fall Board meeting and will conclude her term at the 2025 Fall Board meeting. The nominations and selection process for the next At-Large MIT Board member begins in June 2025.
Past At-Large MIT Board of Trustees members
- Daisy Y. Shu, PhD: October 2021 - October 2023, LE and RC Sections
- Tasneem Khatib, BM, BCh: October 2019 - October 2021, GL Section
- Emily J. Patterson, PhD: October 2017 - October 2019, VI Section
- Philip Ruzycki: October 2016 - October 2017, BI Section
- Jaclyn Bermudez, PhD: October 2015 - October 2016, GL Section
- Megan Capozzi: October 2013 - October 2015, RC Section
- Anton Kolomeyer, MD, PhD: October 2011 - October 2013, RE Section
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.
Here are some other resources you might enjoy as a trainee: