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    By Thomas A. Oetting, MD
    Annual Meeting 2013
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    Part 4 of an 8-part symposium titled "So You Want to Be a Leader in Ophthalmology?" The number of vacancies for leadership positions in the rapidly evolving field of health care is growing and will continue to do so. This symposium identifies key leadership positions in ophthalmology: department chair, residency program director, state and national leadership positions, as well as practice- and hospital-based leadership roles. Furthermore, the various etiologies for these deficiencies are discussed. The need for leadership roles to ensure the persistent vitality of the field of ophthalmology is emphasized. More importantly, the panel of speakers comments on mechanisms by which a continued foundation of strong leadership can be sustained, with a particular focus on methods for young ophthalmologists to begin developing, fostering, and sharpening the leadership skills required to fill these positions. The speakers are young ophthalmologists who occupy current leadership roles and experienced ophthalmologists who have been in these positions for many years. This was a joint symposium of the Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Committee and the Senior Ophthalmologist (SO) Committee.

    Part 1: Top 10 Least/Most Ideal Characteristics of a Leader
    Part 2: Styles of Leadership in Ophthalmology
    Part 3: Employed Leadership
    Part 4: Voluntary Leadership
    Part 5: Leadership at the State Level
    Part 6: Leadership Across Medicine
    Part 7: Global Leadership Development Experiences
    Part 8: Specific Resources Available for Future Leaders