The COECSA Young Ophthalmologists Forum (YOF) is a long-term strategy to engage young ophthalmologists and guide them through the many stages of their professional life. The core purpose of this association is to mentor young or new-to-practice ophthalmologists, to become more involved in leadership and eye health advocacy in the region.
As more ophthalmology graduates enter into practice and the older ones
retire from the practice, young ophthalmologists are quickly becoming the
largest demographic group in the region. Unfortunately, many are facing
difficult transitions from training to careers due to relatively few mentoring opportunities.
It is hypothesized that, residents, fellows, and young associates in
post-training are not sufficiently prepared for professional life after
Because of this lack of knowledge, many young ophthalmologists are faced
with difficult choices involving practice style and management as well as
general professional growth. Further, there appears to be a lack of awareness
and participation by this group of ophthalmologists in leadership and decision making
in matters related to eye health in the region.
That is why the idea of a Young Ophthalmologists Forum was coined to
mentor the young ophthalmologists and encourage their involvement in eye health
advocacy in the region, to proactively contribute to the development of the
profession and an enabling environment.
The future is now, we are the future