Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (IDOC)

June 16 - 18, 2014


The Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers program is an intensive three-day program for people from an under-represented ethnicity (American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; black, not of Hispanic origin; or Hispanic) interested in finding out more about an optometric career. The program provides information about optometry through hands-on experiences, and it aims to increase the number of under-represented ethnic minority optometrists.


I-DOC is administered by the faculty, staff, alumni, and students of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Our expert team will serve as mentors and provide instruction in eye anatomy, eye diseases, vision, and related areas. Participants will learn basic components of an eye examination, find out about career options within optometry, understand the need for minority optometrists, realize the income-earning potential and satisfaction associated with a career in optometry, and determine requirements for becoming an optometrist. Students will also shadow local optometrists and/ or optometry students.

eligibility requirements:

financial assistance:

Thanks to underwriting by Vision Service Plan, there is no cost to attend the program and includes all meals and activities. There are also a limited number of scholarships for airfare reimbursement (up to $500) and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants.

application information:

  • To apply:
    1. Complete the online application by April 15, 2014.
    2. Within the online application we request the email address of one recommender (from a teacher, professor or optometrist not related to the applicant). **We will email your recommender directly to request a letter of recommendation for you. Please be sure that you have their approval. Emailed recommendations are due by April 26, 2014.
    3. Transcripts including most recent grades are due by April 26, 2014. Transcripts can be sent to:
    4. Barbara A. Fink, O.D., Ph.D.
      Faculty Fellow, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
      Associate Professor, College of Optometry
      I-DOC Program
      338 West Tenth Avenue
      Columbus, OH 43210-1240

  • Applicants will be notified whether or not they are accepted to the program by May 1, 2014.
  • Generously sponsored by VSP Vision Care®

    The Ohio State University College of Optometry