DOG Leadership Academy

Managing Director
Dr. Philip Gass, München
Scientific Director
Prof. Dr. Nikolaos E. Bechrakis, Essen

Leadership tasks are a particular challenge for doctors who take on management roles in scientific ophthalmology. The skills required to meet these challenges professionally are often not taught during training. The DOG aims to fill this training gap by establishing its own Leadership Academy.

In a one-year curriculum – consisting of six modules – a small group of participants will learn the basics, methods and tools of effective leadership. Lectures, teamwork, reflection and evening events with inspiring speakers are the cornerstones of this training. Topics such as the basics of the healthcare system and business management, human resources management, communication and conflict management, self-management and more are presented and explored by renowned experts. Offers for alumni of the Academy will enable them to deepen their knowledge and build sustainable networks after conclusion of the training.

The training will be offered annually.


This offer is part of the programme to promote young talents. With the new Leadership Academy the DOG provides young ophthalmologists with leadership skills and prepares them for the leadership roles they will assume in their professional careers in scientific ophthalmology.

Target group

  • Doctors in training or with specialist status in opthalmology
  • Age up to 45 years
  • DOG membership
  • The DOG would like to encourage in particular women to apply for this training.
  • Membership of the Young DOG is welcomed but not required.

Programme structure

The programme is divided into six modules over a period of 12 months and takes place on weekends (Friday to Sunday). The group consists of 12 to 16 participants, who will all receive a certificate after having successfully completed the Academy. Participants work in small groups on a project which is presented in the final session. Course materials are provided. The DOG is planning offers for alumni of the course.

Dates in 2023/ 2024

The programme is divided into six modules over a period of 12 months and takes place on weekends.

Modul 1Controlling, Healthcare system30.09.-1.10.2023Estrel, Berlin
Modul 2Communication & Conflict1.-3.12.2023Kardinal Wendel Haus, Munich
Modul 3Human resources26.-28.1.2024Kardinal Wendel Haus, Munich
Modul 4Leadership, motivation, delegation   26.-28.4.2024Kardinal Wendel Haus, Munich
Modul 5Self-management, reflexion, ethics 14.-16.6.2024Kardinal Wendel Haus, Munich
Modul 6Conclusion12.10.2024Estrel, Berlin

Attendance Fee

A fee of 400 euros will be charged for the participation in the Leadership Academy. This fee includes meals during the training at the Kardinal Wendel Haus as well as the conference fee for the first and last modules. Expenses for travel, accommodation and dinner will not be covered.


Please send your application including the registration form, curriculum vitae and motivation letter (max. 1 DinA4-page) to Mrs Irina Aschenbrenner, DOG office, Platenstraße 1, 80336 Munich, The next application phase will start in May 2024.


We thank the following companies for their support of the Leadership Academy.

OmniVision GmbH
Biogen GmbH