Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Ophthalmology

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Casey Eye Institute's mission is to eliminate preventable blindness and improve quality of life through leadership in the art, science, and technology of 21st century eye care. Central to this mission is to support measures that promote and maintain a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the OHSU department of ophthalmology.    

Our commitment

We are committed to:

  1. The recruitment and retention of staff, faculty, and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
  2. The education of all employees on DEI topics.
  3. Intentional, sustained efforts to provide equitable, diverse patient care and vision research in an inclusive work and healthcare environment.
  4. Following the guidelines set forth in the SOM DEI and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan and the principles outlined in the OHSU Inclusive Language Guide and Inclusive Recruitment & Retention Manual.   

CADIO Committee takes the lead

Dr. Dan Tu with ophthalmology residents at OHSU

The Casey Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion in Ophthalmology (CADIO) Committee leads the efforts to improve DEI within the department, and receives the enthusiastic support of Casey Eye Institute Leadership. The CADIO Committee is made up of staff, clinical and research faculty, and resident members from diverse backgrounds and divisions within our department.

Together, committee members meet quarterly to plan and carry out a broad range of initiatives aligned with the OHSU School of Medicine DEI & Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan.  

CADIO Committee initiatives and programs include: 

  • Implementation of Departmental DEI Education and Training, including: 
    • Diversity & Inclusion Continuing Education Workshops for all Casey members
    • DEI Departmental Grand Rounds series 
    • Recurring DEI pieces entitled CADIO Corner in the department’s weekly newsletter Casey Commons   
    • Partnerships with Departmental Faculty Lounge for DEI discussion sessions 
    • DEI Ophthalmology Residency Didactic Curriculum 
    • OHSU Graduate Medical Education DEI Workshops for Healthcare Professionals spearheaded by CADIO members and available to OHSU employees. 
  • Recruitment of staff, trainees, and faculty with employment of holistic review and bias reduction practices.  
  • Serving as a DEI Council to Leadership. 
  • Collaboration with the OHSU Diversity Affairs Committee, the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion, SOM Diversity & Inclusion, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 
  • Mentorship and Career Development Support for Individuals Underrepresented in Medicine, including: 
    • Faculty participation in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program - American Academy of Ophthalmology (aao.org).  
    • The development of research programs such as Jump Start, a research undergraduate program aimed at mentoring undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in pursuing ophthalmology research. 
    • Implementation of the CADIO Undergraduate Observership in Ophthalmology and the CADIO Medical Student Rotation in Ophthalmology programs for underrepresented in medicine students. 
    • Hosting of informational panels about ophthalmology as a career for pre-medical and medical students underrepresented in medicine. 

2023 CADIO Committee Membership


Two students pose standing in front of a research sign.
The Jump Start 2022 cohort Kara Sydnor and Ivan Navarro.

Join the Jump Start research program for post-baccalaureate scholars

Jump Start is designed for post-baccalaureate scholars to gain the research experience and professional skills needed for acceptance to graduate school and to thrive in a professional research career. This program is seeking individuals who are traditionally underrepresented in research (those who identify as minorities, have a disability, are from a rural environment, are LGBTQ, are low income). No previous research or lab experience required.

The program includes a stipend and it goes for eight consecutive weeks from mid-June through mid-August. It is considered a full time position with about 40 hours per week divided between the lab (30 hours) and additional training (5-10 hours).

Participants will be paired with a faculty mentor from OHSU Casey Eye Institute, and will receive training on conducting research, working in a lab, scientific writing, presenting a poster, and more.

How to apply

The application deadline is March 10, 2023. The application includes your resume (if you have one) and a personal statement that answers the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in Jump Start? Briefly tell us about yourself.
  • Why do you think you will be a good candidate?
  • How this program will help to achieve your future goals?

View the flyer. Please send questions and application materials (resume and personal statement) to Mary Kelley, Ph.D., and Maria Parker, M.D.

Undergraduate Observership in Ophthalmology

This undergraduate observership is a week-long clinical shadowing experience designed to expose underrepresented students to the practice of ophthalmology and related eye care specialties. Students will also receive professional networking, collaboration and mentorship to help them pursue careers in medicine.

This program is available to undergraduate students from underrepresented minorities in medicine, and who have demonstrated an interest in the medical field as a career. Apply!

If you have questions or wish to submit an application, please contact Allie Kirby.