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Emerging Leaders Program

A workshop specifically designed for young Ophthalmologists in Canada

The Emerging Leaders Program is an exclusive program designed for ophthalmologists in their first 10 years post-residency. Sessions are focused on four key areas, which are essential to developing a successful practice and relationships in academia, industry, and government.

Abbott Emerging Leaders Program and Objectives Diagram



Johnson & Johnson Vision is dedicated to helping you deliver the best visual outcomes, bringing innovative technologies to elevate cataract surgery, and partnering with you to maximize the potential of your practice. This commitment has led to the development of the Emerging Leaders Program—an exclusive physician management training program, specifically created for young ophthalmologists in Canada.

The Emerging Leaders Program is specifically focused on developing your leadership skills and relationships within the ophthalmology and business community, with the goal of empowering you to become one of the leading figures in ophthalmology.

Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision

Johnson and Johnson Vision

Who Should Attend

Participation in the Emerging Leaders Program is open for all ophthalmologists in their first 10 years of their career. Applications will be reviewed by Johnson & Johnson Vision and Course Chairs, with a maximum of 15 participants selected.

The program is a two year commitment, requiring attendance at four events. All travel and accommodation expenses are provided as part of your program participation.

Program Description

The 8 day program will be divided into four modules, each focusing on a key area of personal and professional growth.

Core Curriculum


Preparing and empowering you to engage in the larger ophthalmic research community.
This session is focused on the most effective way to design and conduct clinical research.
Tools will be provided for clinicians working in academic and community/private environments.

The sessions include efficient techniques and strategies for:

  • Staying current on existing research and evidence
    • Reading journals efficiently
    • Reviewing for journals
  • Asking scientific questions related to gaps in evidence
  • Developing research
    • Constructing protocols
    • Obtaining ethics approval (IRB submission)
    • Recruiting patients
    • Analyzing data
    • Handling reviewer's comments
    • Presenting research
    • Publishing results


Building key relationships to propel your career.
Exploring the broader landscape of ophthalmology, this session will focus on the challenges, opportunities, and drivers of success or failure among potential partners. Discussions and instruction will highlight strategies to accelerate collaboration, potential roles within partnerships, and opportunities to enhance synergies between partners.

The sessions will focus on partnering with:

  • Industry
  • Hospitals
  • LHINs
  • Government
  • Medical organizations

Practice Management

A strong, vibrant practice is the foundation for your future.
By focusing on financial literacy, practice structures, contracts, managing employees, and marketing this session is designed to help you strengthen your practice as the foundation to future research, innovation, and leadership.

The sessions will cover critical elements of practice management including:

  • Financial literacy
  • Practice model
  • Contracts and leases
  • Premium products or new technology in the practice
  • Staffing/Human Resources
  • Practice brand development
  • Networking and referrals

Executive Coaching

Embracing the challenges of leadership.
Effective problem solving, negotiation, and communication strategies are key for every great leader. This session will help you build your tool kit to cope with the challenges you may face as a leader.

The sessions will target key leadership skills including:

  • Negotiating/conflict resolution
  • Leadership (having impact and influence)
  • Public speaking and developing presentation content
  • Problem analyzing and solving
  • Mapping skills with opportunities

Devesh Varma

Devesh Varma

Program Chairman
John Oesch

John Oesch

Program Academic Director


Module 1: Road Map for Leadership Module 2: Partnering with Industry

  • Research Skills Workshop I
  • Financial Literacy for Ophthalmologists

Location: Toronto, Ontario
October 14–15, 2017

  • Partnering with Industry
  • Research Skills Workshop II

Location: Toronto, Ontario
February 10–11, 2018

Module 3: Practice Development Module 4: Leadership Skills

  • Partnering with Hospitals
  • Developing Podium Presence

Location: Groningen, Netherlands
September 8–9, 2018

  • Negotiation Skills
  • Business Modeling

Location: Toronto, Ontario
February 9–10, 2019

How to Apply

Participation in the Emerging Leaders Program is open for all physicians in their first 10 years of their career.

The program is a 18-month commitment, requiring attendance at four events. All travel and accommodation expenses are provided as part of your program participation.

To secure your place in this dynamic and engaging program, please apply at:

Apply NowEmerging Leaders Program

*The application deadline is July 10, 2017.

We will accept applications done in French. However, all program content is delivered in English.

All participants will be notified if accepted or not by week of July 20.

For More Information Contact Us

Arline Blackwood
Workshop Officer
Tel: 416.946.8441
Fax: 416.978.5656

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