• Opportunities for Students

    At the heart of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program is a dynamic team of ophthalmologist mentors dedicated to supporting students on the path to becoming competitive ophthalmology residency applicants.

    Students selected to participate 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

    Learn more about the program in the 2020 Annual Report.

    Who Should Apply 

    Underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students include those who are Black, Hispanic, and/or Native American (American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian).

    We are seeking students who will be in their first or second year in an LCME or COCA accredited U.S. medical school during the 2022-23 academic year; OR pre-medical students planning to enter medical school in 2023 (for example, college seniors, post-baccalaureate students or students taking a gap year for research).

    Apply Online

    The application for the Class of 2022 is now available. Final application deadline is June 15, 2022. 


    If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact mentoring@aao.org.

  • Current Students: Class of 2021

    View the 101 students of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Class of 2021


  • Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program Supporters

    The program greatly appreciates the generous support of its:

  • Archived Webinar Series on Ophthalmic Practice

    WebinarWatch ophthalmologists discuss opportunities available within the field of ophthalmology and how to prepare for match in a 3-part archived webinar series.

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