Diversity Opportunity for Students

Dates: June 27th – July 28th, 2022
EXTENDED Application Deadline: May 30, 2022

Bay Area Ophthalmology Course (BAOC) Scholarship for Medical Students from Diverse Backgrounds

The Stanford Department of Ophthalmology is committed to ensuring that our field of ophthalmology and vision research is representative of the diverse population we treat.  We are aware that because ophthalmology is an early match, often students learn about the field later in their training or not at all.  As such, we would like to invite medical students from diverse backgrounds, broadly defined to include participants who are URM, first-generation, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities, to apply to the BAOC course.

We will offer 3 scholarships for the 2022 year and will work with you to identify specific lectures, which would be most appropriate for your interest and training level, but you are welcome to participate in the entire course!

*The scholarship will cover the course registration fee. Housing accommodation is not included, but if you live locally or wish to stay locally, you are welcome to attend the course in person at your own cost.

Bay Area Ophthalmology Course

The Bay Area Ophthalmology Course (formerly the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology) has been offered to the vision community since 1970, presented by faculty from the four area teaching programs and recognized experts from other institutions. The course offers intensive instruction in the fundamental sciences underlying ophthalmic practice and research, including ophthalmic pathology, optics, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, pharmacology, orbit and oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, corneal and refractive surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and retinal surgery. Laboratory sessions are offered in pathology, optics, and phacoemulsification. Approximately seven and a half hours of instruction are offered each day, with corresponding handouts. Several evening receptions are included. The BAOC provides a strong and practical basis for residents in ophthalmology, vision scientists, and a review and update for practicing ophthalmologists. Foreign participants at every level of training are most welcome to attend.

How to Apply + Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply you will need to do the following:

  1. Photo Identification/School ID
  2. Send a copy of your medical student ID or letter from your advisor, Dean, or registrar’s office stating that you are an enrolled medical student and your expected date of graduation.
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. A short Statement (500 words or less) on what diversity means to you and why it is important to you
  5. Submit your application here: BAOC Diversity Scholarship

Decisions will be sent out to recipients by June 2022. If you are selected as one of our 5 scholarship recipients, we will send you a notification and a registration code. The course fee will be waived.

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