Academic Leadership Development Program

AUPO's Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP), which debuted in 2020, seeks to identify individuals with the interest in and potential for leadership positions in academic ophthalmology. The program provides orientation and skills that assist program participants in succeeding in the academic ophthalmology leadership pathway. Meaningful opportunities to network with current leaders in our field as well as with fellow rising stars selected to participate in this program are provided.

The competitive nomination process opens in the Fall with participants selected by January or February. The program starts with a two-day interactive in-person session held during the summer. Following the summer session, programming continues throughout the year with virtual sessions, required readings, additional in-person meetings at the AAO and AUPO Annual Meetings, and a scholarly project. 

Nominations for the 2025-2026 ALDP class starting in the summer of 2025 will open in the Fall.

AUPO Academic Leadership Development Participants 2023-2024

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