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AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program - Class of 2020

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Application Deadline: July 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PT

Thank you for your interest in the AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program! The purpose of this program is to increase diversity in 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.

Travel and Funding

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. If you are unable to meet this requirement, do not apply to the program. 

We suggest you seek funding for your travel-related expenses from your school’s diversity office, office of student affairs or ophthalmology department. We will provide you with a letter that you can use for this purpose. 

Student Eligibility
  • Underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students include those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and / or Native American (American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian).
  • We are seeking students who will be in their first or second year of medical school during the 2020 - 2021 academic year; OR pre-medical students planning to enter medical school in 2021 (for example, college seniors, post-baccalaureate students or students taking a gap year for research).
Completing the Application
  • We suggest using a laptop or desktop computer to complete this application.
  • You may save your progress and return to the application at a later date by clicking the Save and Continue Later option at the top right corner of the next page.
Additional Documents

As part of the application, you will be asked to provide additional documents according to your educational level. Applications are considered holistically.
  • All medical student applicants (including rising first-year medical students):
    • Unofficial college transcript(s) (current at time of application)
    • AMCAS®, AACOMAS® or TMDSAS report
    • Unofficial medical school transcript (current at time of application), if applicable
    • Step 1 score and documentation, if applicable
  • Pre-medical student applicants:
    • Unofficial college transcript(s) (current at time of application)
    • MCAT score and documentation, if applicable
  • Each applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from someone in their academic or work life; only one letter of recommendation is permitted. (Optional as of July 8, 2020)
We are excited to work with you and help you succeed! If you have any questions, email mentoring@aao.org or visit our website to learn more.