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  • The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring is a program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in partnership with the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO).

    The purpose of the program is to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping underrepresented in medicine (UIM) students become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Students receive one-on-one mentorship, valuable guidance in medical career planning, networking opportunities and access to a variety of educational resources.

    New for 2023: The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program is now accepting M1 students to allow the program to further align and focus on the students’ journey through medical school. M1s, apply now to participate in the Class of 2023. The final deadline is February 28. 

    We will continue to offer the many benefits that we have shared with our students, including what makes our program unique - the one-on-one mentoring, networking and participation at our annual meeting. Students currently in the program will continue their journey and enjoy all the aforementioned benefits. 

    Learn more about the new program, as well as our past accomplishments in the 2021-22 Annual Report.

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

  • Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring

  • Corporate Sponsors

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    Society Supporters

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    Individual Donors

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