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  • Course: how LGBTQ+ identity is relevant to practicing ophthalmologists
    Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
    Invitation to Join the Community
    LGBTQ+ Community’s Handbook: A Guide for Applying to Residency
    How to Talk to Transgender Patients
  • Partnership

    We are lucky to have many allies who seek to join our goal of creating a more inclusive field. The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program is a partnership between the Academy and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology that serves to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in ophthalmology by connecting underrepresented students with mentorship, career planning, networking opportunities and educational resources. Several of our group members participate as mentors.

    Survival Guide for Applying to Ophthalmology Residency

    Applying to residency is no easy task and can be even more daunting when worrying about whether your identity will be a big asterisk when committees are reviewing your application. Access the collective wisdom of those who have traversed this path so that your experience is a little bit easier in the LGBTQ+ Community’s Medical Student Handbook: A Survival Guide for Applying to Ophthalmology Residency.


    The Academy has several task forces on addressing disparities. These include the Task Force on Organizational Diversity and Inclusion and the Task Force on Disparities in Eye Care.

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    With pride,

    The Academy LGBTQ+ Community Leaders
    Alexander Khammar, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmology, Medical College of Wisconsin
    Andrew Duong – Resident, University of Southern California
    César Briceño, MD – Oculoplastic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
    David Ramirez, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Northwestern University
    Jessica Weinstein, MD – Vitreoretinal Surgery, University of Kentucky
    Michael Puente, MD – Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Colorado
    Peter Quiros, MD – Neuro-ophthalmology, UCLA
    Valerie Biousse, MD – Neuro-ophthalmology, Emory University
    Vivienne S. Hau, MD, PhD - Retina, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine