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Minority Opthalmology Mentoring

Healthcare Industry

Organizations Involved

Occupations Involved

Workforce Development Focus

Workforce Issues Addressed


American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)

Medical Students

Increasing number of healthcare workers

Attracting individuals who have not yet entered the workforce / labor force to work in a healthcare profession; Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession


The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring for Students program is offered in partnership by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). The purpose of the program is to prepare medical students who are interested in ophthalmology and underrepresented in medicine to become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants. Medical students start the program during their first year of medical school. They are matched one-on-one to a mentor throughout four years of medical school and get to participate in medical career planning, networking opportunities and ophthalmology education.

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