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  • Welcome to the COS!

    The COS is an interdenominational society of eye surgeons and physicians who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  We welcome any eye surgeon who professes faith to join our society.  While our membership is primarily within the United States, we have a growing international membership.

The society has a long history of desiring to help those in training and in missions attend the annual meeting. Our hope is that this meeting would significantly impact both your professional and spiritual journey and that you will become an active member of the society going forward, personally investing in the next generation of ophthalmologists and missionaries.

In order to be good stewards of our grant money, we have revised the requirements for eligibility. You may apply for this grant if you meet one of these categories:

  1. Ophthalmology Resident or Fellow (Member in Training – MIT)
  2. 3rd-4th year Medical Student with a strong leaning toward ophthalmology (Member in Training – MIT)
  3. Full time, support-based missionary

Please refer to our grant policy for more details.

Grants for Members in Training 
Grants for Missionaries 

Typically, the grant will pay for:

  • Meeting Registration Fees
  • Lodging (If applicable, for both you and your family)
  • Food that is included in the meeting

If you are travelling with your family, or your program will pay all or part of the expenses, please refer to the appropriate policy page (LINKs coming) for more details.

To apply for a grant, please complete either the MIT Grant Application or the Missionary Grant Application.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Meeting!

You can hear what past Grant Recipients have to say about the meeting by clicking here.

Under His Grace,
COS Board of Directors

 

Financial grants are available to issue for the COS Annual Meeting for members who are still in training. For those wishing to submit an application, the following guidelines will apply.

Who is eligible?

  1. Ophthalmology Residents
  2. Ophthalmology Fellows
  3. Medical Students
    • 3rd and 4th year
    • Planning a residency in ophthalmology
    • Need a letter of recommendation from a practicing ophthalmologist who is not a family member. This letter of recommendation can be emailed to: renee@cosw.org.

What are the Criteria for obtaining a grant?

  1. Meet one of the above criteria of eligibility.
  2. Become a FREE Member in Training of the COS.
  3. Fill out the "Member in Training Grant Application for the COS Annual Summer Meeting" form.
  4. Submit a case to potentially present at the ‘Super Bowl of Grand Rounds” during the annual meeting.

What is covered?

  • Meeting Registration Fee
  • Lodging
    • Single or traveling alone -- The grant will pay for a room that the grant recipient will share with another grant recipient of the same gender.
    • Married traveling with family -- The grant will pay for 1 room for the grant recipient and their family.
  • Food
    • Trainee: The grant will pay for the grant recipient’s breakfasts, lunch(es) and banquet meals that are part of the COS Annual Meeting.
    • Spouses: COS will offer a 50% off discount for the grant recipient’s spouse for the meeting lunch(es) and banquet meals that are a part of the COS Annual Meeting.

NOTE: Transportation to/from the Annual Meeting is not covered.

How does a COS Grant work with those in a training program that covers meeting expenses?

  • Full Payment: If the grant recipient’s training program pays for meeting registration, lodging and/or meeting meals, the grant recipient will need to pay covered expenses through their program and/or personally pay for it and submit the receipts to their program for reimbursement.
  • Partial Payment: If the grant recipient’s training program pays for part of the above-mentioned meeting costs, the COS will cover the remaining amount of ineligible expenses that the training program does not pay for.
  • No Payment: If the grant recipient’s training program does not cover meeting expenses, the COS will provide a discount code to the grant recipient to use when registering for the meeting. This code will automatically apply the proper grant amount. The recipient will be responsible to pay for any other expenses the grant does not cover, such as travel, meals outside of the meeting schedule, children’s and spouse’s programs (if applicable) and personal expenditures, etc.

 

 

Financial grants are available to issue for the COS Annual Meeting for members who who are missionaries. For those wishing to submit an application, the following guidelines will apply.

Who is eligible and what are the criteria?

  1. Full time missionaries
  2. Missionary must be financially supported by donations.
  3. Must register with the society as a ‘Missionary Member’ and complete an application to qualify for a grant.

What is covered?

  • Meeting Registration Fee
  • Lodging
    • Single or traveling alone -- The grant will pay for a room that the grant recipient will share with another grant recipient of the same gender.
    • Married traveling with family -- The grant will pay for 1 room for the grant recipient and their family.
  • Food
    • Grant Recipient: The grant will pay for the grant recipient’s breakfasts, lunch(es) and banquet meals that are part of the COS Annual Meeting.
    • Spouses: COS will offer a 50% off discount for the grant recipient’s spouse for the meeting lunch(es) and banquet meals that are a part of the COS Annual Meeting.

How does a COS Grant work with those in a mission organization that covers meeting expenses?

  • Full Payment: If the grant recipient’s mission organization pays for meeting registration, lodging and/or meeting meals, the grant recipient will need to pay covered expenses through their organization and/or personally pay for it and submit the receipts to their mission agency/sender for reimbursement.
  • Partial Payment: If the grant recipient’s mission organization pays for part of the above-mentioned meeting costs, the COS will cover the remaining amount of ineligible expenses that the mission organization does not pay for.
  • No Payment: If the grant recipient’s mission organization does not cover meeting expenses, the COS will provide a discount code to the grant recipient to use when registering for the meeting. This code will automatically apply the proper grant amount. The recipient will be responsible to pay for any other expenses the grant does not cover, such as travel, meals outside of the meeting schedule, children’s and spouse’s programs (if applicable) and personal expenditures, etc.