As part of a commitment to providing an inclusive and respectful learning and working environment for our learners, the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is offering a Diversity Scholarship to two students who are interested in pursuing a visiting elective in ophthalmology and who also identify as an underrepresented in medicine student.
“Offering scholarships to underrepresented in medicine students is one way of increasing the diversity of students in our program,” said Daniel Knoch, MD, director of medical student education. “These scholarships help ensure that all deserving students, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or other category, have access to our program without having to worry about financial barriers. It is one small way we can help address the systemic inequalities that disproportionately affect marginalized individuals who are prepared and eager to be trained in ophthalmology.”
The scholarship is open to visiting medical students interested in completing a fourth-year elective in ophthalmology with the department. The four-week rotations occur June through October of the fourth year.
“We hope these scholarships also create a pipeline of talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive patient care in the future,” said Knoch.
Interested and eligible medical students are encouraged to apply by June 15.