Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s IDOC program will be held virtually.


Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive four-day program that introduces ethnically underrepresented minority undergraduate college students to the profession of optometry. The purpose of I-DOC 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.


  • Strong scholastic aptitude (Cumulative GPA of greater than 2.75)
  • 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

Application Information

The application for IDOC 2021 is now open!

Please apply by Friday, May 14 at the link below.

IDOC 2021 Application