• Mentor an Under-Represented Minority Student

    Description: The Academy and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology have partnered to create the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) program. Through a competitive application process, under-represented minority undergraduates (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans) who are junior or seniors, and M1 and M2 medical students, are selected to participate in the program. Mentors are assigned a student to guide through school, helping him or her to become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. More information is available at aao.org/minority-mentoring-physicians.  

    Expectations: Mentors work with students to reach their career goals and to become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Mentors must attend the Academy annual meeting the year in which they are matched with a student to meet and connect with the student. Following the meeting, mentors are expected to be in contact with their students regularly, three to four times a year or more frequently if needed.   

    Time commitment: This is a long-term commitment of five or more years.  

    Instructions: Complete the mentor interest form at aao.org/minority-mentoring-physicians.  

    Deadlines: Complete the information form by June 1 if you would like to be matched with a student from the current year's Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program class.  

    Note: Mentors not matched in the current year will be maintained on an active list for future years.