• Promote Ophthalmology to Under-Represented Minority Students

    Description: The Academy and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology have partnered to create the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) program. The program provides tools and resources to help students from under-represented minorities in ophthalmology (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans) become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Volunteers are needed to help promote the program to interested students at local medical schools and college campuses. More information is available at aao.org/minority-mentoring-physicians.  

    Expectations: Reach out to local colleges and medical schools to promote the MOM program to diversity officers or under-represented minority student groups. Volunteers are asked to familiarize themselves with the MOM program and utilize PowerPoint presentations, flyers and short videos from our toolkit to speak about the many facets of ophthalmology, share your personal story about ophthalmology as a rewarding profession, and promote the MOM program as a resource for under-represented minorities. All materials can be accessed at aao.org/minority-mentoring-toolkit.  

    Time commitment: A few hours (to prepare the presentation and talk to students).   

    Instructions: Complete the speaker interest form at aao.org/minority-mentoring-physicians. Review and use the materials in the toolkit to customize your presentation.  

    Deadlines: The most optimal time to schedule outreach opportunities is January through May, as the deadline for students to apply to the MOM program is June 15.