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AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring 2019 Student Application

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Thank you for your interest in the AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program. This program is dedicated to helping underrepresented minorities in ophthalmology reach their career goals and become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Complete this application by June 15, 2019.

Student Eligibility: For the purposes of this program, underrepresented minorities in ophthalmology include those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, or Native American (American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian). We are seeking students entering their first or second year of medical school, as well as college undergraduates entering senior standing (as of October 1, 2019).  

The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will need to upload the following:
  • Transcript (college or medical school transcript -- you may submit an unofficial transcript/student copy)
  • MCAT exam score and documentation for rising first-year medical students (as of October 1, 2019) 
  • USMLE Step 1 exam score, if applicable 
  • Letter of recommendation from someone in your academic or work life
You are able to save the information you have entered and return to it at a later date by clicking the Save and Continue Later option at the top of the next page.

At the heart of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program is a dynamic team of ophthalmologist mentors dedicated to supporting students on their paths to becoming competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Students in the program are provided the opportunities 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 
Each student is matched with an ophthalmologist mentor who guides them through medical career planning and decision-making. Students and mentors connect by phone or in person at least three to four times per year.

If you are selected to participate in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program, you will be required to attend Student Engagement Weekend in San Francisco on October 12 and 13, 2019. This program does not provide financial assistance.  

We are excited to work with you and happy to help you succeed in your career goals! If you have questions, email mentoring@aao.org.