Undergraduate Minority Mentorship Program Expands to MIT

June 13, 2022

The Harvard Retinal Imaging Laboratory Undergraduate Minority Mentorship Program—led by faculty member John B. Miller, MD, incoming PGY-1 resident Ned Lu, MD, and research fellows Grace Baldwin, and Augustine Bannerman—expanded during its third consecutive semester to include undergraduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The program has increased in class size to 39 Harvard and MIT undergraduates.

Each student is matched with a research fellow in the Retinal Imaging Laboratory to support their career development and interest in ophthalmology. Students attend a Virtual Shadowing Series, where faculty lead discussions on career journeys to ophthalmology, present patient cases and surgical videos, and discuss their work in the context of the department's core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This spring, faculty members Dan Gong, MD; Gena Heidary, MD, PhD; Benjamin Jastrzembski, MD; Michael Lin, MD; and John B. Miller, MD, hosted virtual shadowing sessions. Over the past two years, 18 Mass Eye and Ear and Boston Children’s Hospital faculty have participated in this undergraduate mentoring program.

If you're interested in volunteering to host a virtual shadowing session for the Fall 2022 semester, please contact Grace Baldwin for more information.