Women In Ophthalmology – Chapters

Chapters are formed to promote Women in Ophthalmology objectives at the local level and to encourage more active member participation by making society activities more accessible. Members are encouraged to actively participate in areas of interest and concern to female ophthalmologists. It is important, however, that such activities are limited to the geographical area of the chapter, unless there is a cooperative effort between two or more chapters. It is desirable for a chapter to have ease of communications, membership at a minimum of 10 members and defined geographic boundaries. To ease communications, there should be a limited number of chapters.


Provide a structure to develop a pool of local, female ophthalmologic leaders to discuss new legislation, issues of importance and other common challenges.

Contact the WIO Executive Office concerning the planning and possible establishment of a new chapter. Applications for a new proposed chapter should be in writing and should include:


Chapter names will consist of WIO and the name of the chapter city (ie: Women in Ophthalmology: Seattle Chapter). If the chapter has existed independently prior to becoming a chapter, Women in Ophthalmology: will be added to the beginning of the existing name.


Chapters are required to hold at least one local event each year that does not compete with the WIO Annual Meeting held mid-August; nor should this event be held two weeks prior or two weeks after the Annual Meeting. Chapters may charge registration for their events with a member and non-member rate. WIO membership forms should be present for non-members who want to join WIO and the chapter.


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