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AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program - Class of 2021

AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program

Student Application for the Class of 2021


Final Deadline: June 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. PT

Thank you for your interest in the AAO | AUPO Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program! The purpose of this program is to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Students in the program 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 
At the heart of the program is a dynamic team of ophthalmologist mentors. Each student is matched with a mentor who guides them through medical career planning and decision-making. Students and mentors connect by phone, video chat, email or in person at least 3 to 4 times each year.

Student Eligibility
  • For the purposes of the program, underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students include those who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and / or Native American (American Indian / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian).
  • We are seeking students who will be in their first or second year of medical school during the 2021-22 academic year; OR pre-medical students planning to enter medical school in 2022 (for example, college seniors, post-baccalaureate students or students taking a gap year for research).
Student Engagement Weekend
  • Students selected to participate in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program are required to attend Student Engagement Weekend — an immersive, multi-day introduction to ophthalmology and the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program.
  • For the Class of 2021, Student Engagement Weekend is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 12 - 14 in New Orleans, pending guidelines from public health officials. Please email mentoring@aao.org if you have any restrictions or concerns.
Completing the Application
  • We suggest using a laptop or desktop computer to complete this application.
  • You may save your progress and return to the application at a later date by clicking the Save and Continue Later option at the top right corner of the next page.
Additional Documents

At the end of the application, you will be asked to provide additional documents according to your class level / year. Applications are considered holistically.
  • All medical student applicants (including rising first-year medical students):
    • Unofficial college transcript(s) (current at time of application)
    • Unofficial medical school transcript (current at time of application), if applicable
  • Pre-medical student applicants:
    • Unofficial college transcript(s) (current at time of application)
  • Each applicant must provide a letter of recommendation from someone in their academic or work life; only one letter of recommendation is permitted.
    Note: As of April 7, 2021, the letter of recommendation is optional. A letter of recommendation will strengthen your application, so we encourage you to submit one if possible.
We are excited to work with you and help you succeed! If you have any questions, email mentoring@aao.org or visit our website to learn more.