Department of Ophthalmology

The Global Ophthalmology program at the Emory Department of Ophthalmology (GO-E) hosts a summer research and mentorship program for underrepresented minorities interested in the field of ophthalmology. Interns shadow clinicians in a variety of ophthalmic subspecialties at Atlanta's Veterans Affairs eye clinic and Grady Eye Clinic. 

The Emory Eye Center actively supports the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring program - a partnership between the American Academy of Ophthalmology  and Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology that helps underrepresented in medicine (URiM) students become competitive ophthalmology residency applicants.

The Global Ophthalmology program at the Emory Eye Center (GO-E) supports vision health partnerships with health care providers, educators, and advocates around the world. The program sends physicians, fellows, residents, and technicians to partner locations with the goals of providing care, learning from our colleagues in other countries, increasing local capacity for ongoing care, and breaking down barriers to equitable vision care access. 

2022 DEI Intern: Jada Oriahi

Jada is a rising junior at Emory University majoring in neuroscience and behavior biology and philosophy. 

Her Ophthalmology DEI internship was hosted at Grady Hospital, the Atlanta VA Medical Center, and the Emory Eye Center clinic at Clifton Road - three of the busiest tertiary care centers in the Southeast. Every day, she worked with Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists, residents, and fellows who are making an impact in the lives of an economically and socially diverse population. 

Her own words best-describe her 2022 summer internship:

“This was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Humans rely primarily on their vision, therefore being able to participate in learning the basics of eye research and seeing patient-doctor relationships form was an insightful experience I could not get somewhere else. This internship made me love ophthalmology even more, from slit-lamp examination to cataract surgery, made an impact on both the patient and me.”

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