About I-DOC


Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive four-day residential program that introduces participants to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC is to attract ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to careers in 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. They learn the fundamentals of eye and vision, and they gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care. They tour the college, the clinics, and the Ohio State campus. They receive information on the requirements for admission and the application process, including a mock interview and ample opportunities to ask questions of the alumni, faculty, staff, and students of The Ohio State University College of Optometry.


  • Strong scholastic aptitude
  • Interest in optometric career
  • Ethnically underrepresented minority: African American or Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, or Alaskan Native
  • Undergraduate college student

Financial Assistance

Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no registration fee for the program. Also, all meals, housing, and activities are included. Airfare will be covered up to $500.

Application Information

  • To apply:
      1. Online application may be accepted until May 1, 2020.
      2. Transcripts are needed to evaluate the application. Send official transcripts, including most recent grades, no later than May 15, 2020. Transcripts should be sent to:
        • Shawn Gilbert
        • I-DOC Program
        • 338 West Tenth Avenue
        • Columbus, OH 43210-1240
  • Applicants will be notified whether or not they are accepted to the program no later than June 1, 2020.