The Ohio State University, Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers I-DOC

Columbus, OH.
Type Academic Enrichment


Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) is an intensive three-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 OSU 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.

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.


  • 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

More Information

Shawn A. Gilbert
Admission Counselor
College of Optometry Student Services Office
I-DOC Program
338 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1240