Building a diverse workforce is essential to advancing our profession.
Talented young members of underrepresented populations frequently choose to pursue health professions other than optometry often because they are unfamiliar with the field. Because Ohio State is committed to providing comprehensive eye care to an increasingly diverse patient population, the College of Optometry initiated the Increasing Diversity of Optometric Careers (I-DOC) program. Its purpose is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in optometry. Moving forward, we want to ensure that this program remains a viable opportunity for these students.
When you give to I-DOC, you support an intensive three-day residential program that introduces minority students to the profession of optometry. I-DOC provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy and clinical optometry. Participants learn about vision technology, eye diseases and the impact of systemic health on the eye. They receive and observe eye examinations and learn the fundamentals of the eye and vision, while gaining an understanding of the importance of diversity in health care. In addition, they receive information on the requirements for optometry admission and the application process, including a mock interview. I-DOC students are provided with materials, travel expenses, housing and meals. The cost is $1,000 per participant, and the college covers all expenses with partial sponsorship from vision care insurance provider VSP.
Give to help these students learn more about the optometric profession and support us in building a diverse professional community.
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