I-DOC: Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers

June 6 – 9, 2022

Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive four-day program that introduces underrepresented undergraduate college students to the profession of optometry. This award-winning program is competitive with a limited number of space. This year, due to COVID-19, I-DOC will be held virtually, June 6 – 9, 2022 in half-day sessions that will be accessible for students in all time zones and feature nationally known optometrists.

The Purpose of the I-DOC program is to improve and promote diversity in Optometry by cultivating a diverse student body. The program has been designed to:

  1. Help students understand the role of diversity in Optometry in overcoming health disparities.
  2. Expose students to educational opportunities and careers in Optometry.
  3. Help students navigate the Optometry school application process (including having access to test prep materials) and develop into competitive and successful applicants.


  • A strong academic aptitude that demonstrates the potential to succeed in professional school (cumulative GPA greater than 2.9)
  • Identify as an underrepresented minority in the U.S. from any of the following groups: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Desi American (includes Southeast Asians such as Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, and Afghani), North African, Middle Eastern, Asian American, and LGBTQIA+
  • Undergraduate student or college graduate

Application Information

Applications are closed for the 2022 session. Please check back in January, 2023 for the 2023 application.

The following items will need to be uploaded in a pdf, jpeg or doc format with your application. Please have them prepared as you will need to complete the application in one sitting.

  1. Short Essay (250 Words Maximum):
    How will improving the diversity of healthcare providers impact the healthcare received by patients?

    • When you create this document for upload, please name it: LastName_FirstName_Essay
  2. Unofficial transcript
    • When you create this document for upload, please name it: LastName_FirstName_Transcript

Questions about the application an be directed to Jen Bennett at

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