• Promote Ophthalmology to Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Students

    Description: The Academy and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology have partnered to create the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program. The program provides tools and resources to help underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students (Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American) 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. The program also seeks ophthalmologists to Mentor an Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Student.

    Expectations: Reach out to local colleges and medical schools to promote the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program to diversity officers or under-represented minority student groups. Volunteers are asked to familiarize themselves with the 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 program as a resource for URiM students. 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 optimal time to schedule outreach opportunities is January through June, as the deadline for students to apply to the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program's incoming class is July 15, 2020.