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Lancaster Course 2021 Confirmed!

16. March, 2021|Lancaster Course|Comments Off

We’re excited to announce that the Lancaster Course will be resuming this year in a safe , virtual classroom format for 4 weeks. Starting from August 2nd through  August 27th.

Enrollment Process

Download and complete the registration form: 2021 Brochure.*

For additional questions you can contact us via e-mail or call us at (207) 859-4750.
We look forward to the Lancaster experience with you!

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16. March, 2013|Lancaster Course|Comments Off

The Lancaster Course in Opthalmology is a unique, education partnership between Colby College and Harvard Medical School/Mass. Eye and Ear.

About Us

19. October, 2012|Lancaster Course|No comments

18 of the attendants at the12th Annual Downeast Ophthalmology Symposium, Bar Harbor, Maine were alumni of the Lancaster course (range class 1967 to class 2000)


Founded in 1946, the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology is the oldest and largest ophthalmic educational course in the world designed for residents-in-training and practicing ophthalmologists. The course is the result of a unique educational partnership between Colby College and Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and is used as a supplemental training resource by many teaching hospitals in the U.S. and abroad.

The seven week course provides contemporary and extensive coverage of the basic and clinical sciences in Ophthalmology, and includes an expansive syllabus. Faculty are selected for their expertise, clarity of presentation and ability to provide high-quality visual aids. The course is lauded by students for its numerous hands-on laboratory sessions (pathology, optics, fluorescein angiography reading, ultrasound, gonioscopy, visual field interpretation, and 3-D anatomy labs). Both residents and practicing ophthalmologists who wish to focus on certain topics in ophthalmology are welcome to register for individual sections. Feedback from the prior year’s participants is closely evaluated and reflected in both faculty and syllabus changes.

The Lancaster Course is held in the summer on the beautiful Colby College campus in Waterville, Maine. Trainees and practicing ophthalmologists come from around the world to benefit from our outstanding faculty, networking opportunities, and congenial and relaxed environment. Truly an exceptional, one-of-a-kind learning experience!

Click here for general registration and tuition information.


What our students had to say:

The Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology? A once in a lifetime experience for every young ophthalmologist! I really had a great summer in Maine at Colby College, made new friends from all over the world and learned so much! – Simon Koller, MD (Germany, Class 2012)
I was greatly impressed by attending the Lancaster course. It formulated my understanding in ophthalmic sciences and deeply enhanced my theoretical and clinical skills. The mix of comprehensive knowledge and enjoyment was superb. It was an honor to meet the outstanding lecturers who share with us their clinical expertise. I recommend Lancaster course for all my colleagues. – Rana Senawi, MD (Oman, Class 2010)
Incredible 3-D anatomy lecture.
Great lectures and experience with optics.
He was remarkable because of his enthusiasm during teaching.
Video clips were amazing.
Gonioscopy and visual field labs were great.
I really enjoyed the lens loading lab.
Great retina photos.
The 3D FA lab was one of the best labs in the course and helped me appreciate the depth of the pathology.
Excellent series, incredible teachers.
Really enjoyed the strabismus lectures.
Yes, the labs were great. The 3D FA lab was one of the best labs in the course and helped me appreciate the depth of the pathology.
3D anatomy lecture was unique and helpful.
Understanding vergence and refraction was much easier after the Optics Lab
Dr. Morton’s anatomy presentation was absolutely fantastic.

Class Schedule 2020

19. October, 2012|Lancaster Course|Comments Off

Lancaster Course 2020 Cancelled:

Due to ongoing health crisis caused by COVID19, we have decided to cancel the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology. While we understand that this will be very disappointing for those who had planned to attend, the health and safety of all our faculty and trainees is always our top priority. We will post the 2021 schedule as soon as we have it worked out with the faculty. Thank you for your understanding.



Class schedule for 2020 is now available. The course will run from July 6th, 2020 through August 6th, 2020.
Topics cover full day topics, unless otherwise specified.







July 6

(Registration: 7 A.M.)



















Optics – AM
Pediatrics – PM






















Neuro-Ophth – AM
Glaucoma – PM





August 3









(Course Ends 5 P.M.)



Points of Interest Around Colby

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Maine remains one of the nation’s premier vacation spots. There is much to see and do within easy reach of the College.

We’ve listed only a few of the many places of interest as well as a partial list of area accommodations and restaurants.



Augusta (Maine State Museum, Old Fort Western, Augusta Civic Center, airport, and retail shopping)

Bath (Maine Maritime Museum, scenic coastline, historical charm, and a vibrant arts scene)

Belgrade Lakes (boating, camping, and fishing on five lakes and numerous streams and wetlands)

Boothbay Harbor (Boothbay Railway Museum, sea kayaking, whale watching, and scenic coast and village)

Camden/Rockport (Center for Maine Contemporary Art,quaint coastal villages, boating, hiking, and antiques)

The Forks (whitewater rafting, hunting, fishing, and National Scenic Byway or All-American Road)

Freeport (birthplace of the state of Maine, L.L. Bean and more than 50 other major outlet stores)

Georgetown (Reid State Park, Five Islands, wildlife sanctuary, and beach)

Hallowell (antiques, rare books, riverside walking)

Owls Head (Owls Head Transportation Museum, Owls Head Light, resorts, and fishing)

Pemaquid Point (Scenic coast, Samoset Memorial, salt pond, famous lighthouse, and historic sites)

Phippsburg (Maine’s first ship, Popham Beach, and Fort Popham)

Rockland (Farnsworth Museum, Maine windjammer fleet, prized restaurants, trendy shops, and boating)

Sabbathday Lake (last functioning Shaker community in the U.S., Shaker museum, and arts and crafts)

Weld (Mt. Blue State Park, swimming, boating, and picnic facilities)

Wiscasset (picturesque village, waterfront dining, historic architecture, and antiques)



Acadia National Park (Mt. Desert Island, Somes Sound, Cadillac Mountain, scenic drives, hiking, and wildlife tours)

Bar Harbor (Millionaires’ Row, Abbe Museum, boutiques, sailing, golf, and dramatic coastal views)

Baxter State Park (Mt. Katahdin, “Yellowstone of the East”)

Cape Elizabeth (Portland Headlight, Fort Williams Park, fishing, and water sports at Crescent Beach)

Castine (historic coastal town predating Plymouth Colony, Maine Maritime Academy)

Gilead, N.H. (Evans Notch)

Grafton Notch (Appalachian Trail, waterfalls, mountains, hiking, fishing, and early fall foliage)

Greenville (Moosehead Lake, museums, boating, hunting, and fishing)

Kennebunkport (Ocean Avenue, fine dining, excellent boutiques, and superior accommodations)

Kittery (Maine’s oldest incorporated town, sandy beaches and ocean views, and 120 outlet stores)

Old Orchard Beach (The Pier, sand beach, shops, eateries, nightlife, fireworks and concerts, golf, and fishing)

Ogunquit (Marginal Way, galleries, boutiques, gift and antique shops, fine restaurants, and beaches)

Port Clyde (ferry to Monhegan Island, outstanding scenery)

Portland (Old Port historic district, fashionable shops, fine dining, sports, art galleries, art museum, island cruises)

Rangeley Lakes (fishing, hiking, kayaking, golf, tennis, hunting, skiing, and snow shoeing)

Sebago Lake State Park (fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, camping, and golf)

Sugarloaf (alpine and Nordic skiing, golf, biking, dining, and concerts)

Sunday River (alpine and Nordic skiing, golf, biking, dining, and concerts)

Wells (all-season outdoor activities, shopping, fine dining, sandy beaches, and leisure pastimes)

York (Harvest Fest and York Days, miles of beaches, historic sites, Nubble Light, and dining).


Other useful resources: (for rafting enthusiasts) (for the golfer)

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