A little over three years ago, I entered the world of Ophthalmology. Coming from another surgical sub-specialty, I realized I had to rebuild my personal and professional network from the ground up, but had no idea where to start.
I knew that I could rely on my Alcon colleagues to introduce me to key physicians within their network, but I always find that building relationships requires mutual interest, consent and trust. I also knew if I was going to succeed in my new role, I had to develop a comprehensive set of relationships that could enhance my understanding of the procedures, technologies, surgeon and patient needs.
So I joined OWL.
At the time, I had no idea what OWL stood for, but thought I would take a risk and attend a Signature Event at AAO. At that event, I met some of the most amazing and progressive leaders in the industry. I realized the exceptional opportunity it provided me to meet people in an environment where we mutually benefited from the interaction. One of those interactions has led to a great friendship and a chance to learn more about cornea procedures, femto lasers, refractive and cataract surgery.
Recently, I spent the day with Dr. Audrey Talley-Rostov, one of my OWL Board colleagues and network partners. Without OWL, I am pretty sure Audrey and I would not be working in the OR together, sharing technical challenges of procedures, exploring new and innovative approaches to surgery and thinking deeply about patient needs. Thanks Audrey for letting me into your network and sharing with me some of the things you have learned in your career!
So when people ask me why I am a part of OWL, I simply tell them… it makes me a better leader, because I meet awesome people.
Michael Onuscheck, Board Member, OWL