The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) program recently released its 2020 Annual Report. The University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences was noted as one of 15 programs that are experiencing success from supporting underrepresented students in medicine. Terri Young, MD, MBA, FARVO, department chair and Peter A. Duehr Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, is a MOM program mentor.
The MOM program is a partnership between AAO and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. It aims to increase diversity in ophthalmology by helping qualified students who are underrepresented in medicine to become competitive opthalmology residency applicants. The program recently closed out its third official year and showed tremendous growth as 50 well qualified students participated in the class of 2020, while the program is on track to select 100 students to participate in the class of 2021.
You can access the 2020 Annual Report here.