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.

ARVO Membership dues are nonrefundable or transferrable.

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.

MIT Commitee

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.


MIT Central

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

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