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American Academy of Ophthalmology Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

Deadline: June 15, 2020

The purpose of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program is to increase diversity in the field of ophthalmology by helping underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Students in the program are given the opportunity to:

  • Connect with enthusiastic ophthalmologists who support students’ academic and career development
  • Explore the field of ophthalmology and gain hands-on experience with ophthalmic technology
  • Learn how ophthalmologists positively impact community health by preventing vision loss from diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma
  • Discover why ophthalmologists enjoy rewarding work and report high career satisfaction
  • See how ophthalmologists are passionate about protecting sight and empowering lives

At the heart of the program is a dynamic team of ophthalmologist mentors. Each student is matched with a mentor who guides them through medical career planning and decision-making. Students and mentors connect by phone, video chat, email or in person at least 3 to 4 times each year.

Students selected to participate in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program are required to attend Student Engagement Weekend in Las Vegas on Nov. 14 and 15, 2020. The program covers round-trip airfare to Las Vegas for all students.

For more information and to apply, click here.