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Ophthalmology Fellowship to Increase Opportunities for Underrepresented Minorities in Medicine

About the Summer Fellowship

The John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah is committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities within the field of ophthalmology (the American Academy of Ophthalmology defines underrepresented in medicine groups as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and/or Native American-American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian).   

Medical students frequently discover their interest in ophthalmology late in their medical school careers, which can impact their academic competitiveness when applying to ophthalmology residency. 

The Moran Eye Center is offering a four-week, summer ophthalmology clinical and research rotation, with a scholarship, to rising MS2 students. The purpose of this program is to support candidates who demonstrate a commitment to increasing opportunities for those underrepresented in medicine. Each student accepted to the program will be offered a $1,000 scholarship, plus housing accommodations and a UTA public transportation pass. Two students will be accepted per summer. The experience is only offered during the month of June. 
During this four-week experience, students will work with full-time faculty preceptors and research mentors. Direct patient care opportunities will be provided in clinic and surgery, covering a broad range of comprehensive and/or subspecialty ophthalmology. 

Application Required Information

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Letter of recommendation from a medical school instructor
  • USMLE Step 1 score report, if available 
  • Short personal statement (no more than one page, double-spaced; 400-600 words) regarding why you want to come to Moran Eye Center for this rotation and indicating your commitment to increasing opportunities for those who are underrepresented in medicine. 

Application Dates and Process

•    Opens October 1, 2023
•    Due by March 31, 2024

All applications should be addressed to: Kellie Nelson, academic program manager, at

Applications will be reviewed by:

Applicants will be notified during the first week of April 2024.



Contact Kellie Nelson, academic program manager, at

Contact Us

University of Utah School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

John A. Moran Eye Center
Academic Office
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Phone: 801-585-3719
Fax: 801-581-5806

Rachel G. Simpson, MD, Vice Chair of Education
Phone: 801-581-2352

Sravanthi Vegunta, MD, Associate Program Director
Phone: 801-581-2352

Meghan Johnson, Programs Manager, Academics
Phone: 801-213-4044

Kellie Nelson, Programs Manager, Academics
Phone: 801-585-6701

Chandler Thompson, Executive Assistant
Phone: 801-581-3023

Barbara Korous, Director, Operations