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  • Writer's pictureAtanas Bogoev M.D.

The Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology from Harvard Medical School

The Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology has provided training for ophthalmologists from all over the world since 1946. The annual five-week course covers the basic sciences and clinical sciences in Ophthalmology. Many teaching hospitals in the USA and Canada use the Lancaster course to supplement their residency training programs.

The faculty comprises world leaders in the subspecialty fields of ophthalmology for its expertise, clarity of presentation, and high-quality visual aids. An expansive syllabus is provided with tuition.

The Lancaster Ophthalmology Course benefits ophthalmology residents, young ophthalmologists, and ophthalmology specialists who wish to refresh their knowledge and discover the latest updates in our specialty. The Course is held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine during the summer as well as online.

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My Review of the Lancaster Course

My name is Atanas Bogoev MD. I am a young ophthalmologist working in Germany and completed the Lancaster Online Course in Ophthalmology by Harvard Medical School in 2023. I am thrilled to share my exhilarating experience attending the 4-week course!

As an aspiring young ophthalmologist, this opportunity has been nothing short of transformative, enriching, and deeply enlightening. Embarking on this journey, I was filled with boundless enthusiasm and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Little did I know that the next four weeks would significantly shape my understanding and passion for the field of ophthalmology.


The Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology is well thought out and includes diverse topics essential for all ophthalmologists, regardless of their knowledge level.

The course includes the following sections:

  • Anatomy: Introduction lectures about the eye anatomy, focused on clinical aspects

  • Cataracts: Cataract types, causes, symptoms, and treatment options

  • Cornea: Focus on complexities of corneal diseases and disorders

  • Glaucoma: Diagnostic, follow-up, and surgical treatment in Glaucoma, including MIGS.

  • Neuro-ophthalmology: One of the most structured neuro-ophthalmology courses and very interesting to listen to.

  • Optics: A course focused on optics and the principles of light and its interaction with the eye.

  • Pathology: Deep dive into the pathological processes that underlie various ocular diseases, essential for diagnosis and treatment. The most interesting ophthalmic pathology lecture series I have ever listened to.

  • Pediatrics: Focus on the challenges and considerations in diagnosing and managing eye conditions in children.

  • Oculoplastics: Several lectures highlighting reconstructive and medical procedures related to the eye and its surrounding structures.

  • Retina: Retinal anatomy and diseases, and their management.

You also get access to engaging PDF slides so that you can review them before the lectures and add notes during the live presentations and discussions. This course ensures a comprehensive and accessible learning experience.

One of the captivating aspects of the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology was its dynamic and interactive nature. Through live lectures, case presentations, and live virtual discussions, we were not only passive spectators but active participants in our learning journey. The exchange of ideas, insights, and clinical experiences fosters a vibrant community of learners united by a shared passion for excellence in ophthalmic care.

The depth of topics covered in the course was magnificent. From the diagnosis and management of common ocular disorders to the latest breakthroughs in research and technology, the course covered all ophthalmology aspects.

Virtual or On-site?

While the virtual format of the course presented its own set of challenges, the organizers made significant efforts to ensure that our learning experience was seamless and enriching. From technical support to personalized feedback, every aspect of the course was meticulously organized.

Of course, attending the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology on-site offers unparalleled networking opportunities, allowing participants to engage with peers and faculty in person.

However, the online format with on-demand access provides a flexible alternative, particularly beneficial for individuals unable to commit to a four-week on-site schedule, ensuring accessibility without compromising educational quality.

Lancaster Course Certificate

Upon course completion, attendees are awarded a Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology certificate, for their dedication and expertise in the field. I'm so excited to proudly display mine on my wall as a symbol of achievement and ongoing commitment to my professional development in the field of ophthalmology!

Atanas Bogoev certificate from the Lancaster Online Course in Ophthalmology Harvard Medical School

More about the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology

How to Register for the Lancaster Course?

The enrollment process for the Lancaster Course is straightforward. You should contact the faculty and complete a registration form to sign up.

Registration for the course is online and open in mid-April:

If you have any questions about the course feel free to message Ophthalmology24 or

How Much Does it Cost to Attend the Lancaster Course?

It costs $1,250 USD to be paid in full before the start of the course. A non-refundable deposit of $250 USD can be used to register and you can pay the rest later.

How to get the maximum out of the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology?

To extract the utmost value from the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology, adopt a proactive and engaged approach to your learning. Here is what I did and recommend to maximize my experience:

  • Establish a structured study schedule

  • Actively participate

  • Utilize the materials

  • Embrace collaborative learning

  • Review and revise after the course ends

  • Seek hands-on experience

Structured Study Schedule

Allocate sufficient time for each topic covered in the course curriculum. Log in daily and take part in the live lectures.

Even though I was working full-time in Germany, I was attending the lectures online almost every day after work, participating as much as I could.

Reflecting on my experience, I learned much more from the live lectures, than the ones I reviewed on demand during the weekend.

Active Participation

Use the opportunity to participate actively in lectures and discussions to clarify doubts and deepen understanding. Whenever they ask a question and you know the answer feel free to speak up and answer.


Utilizing the materials will add value to the Lancaster Course significantly. Engage with the PDF slides, take detailed notes, and supplement them with additional resources to enhance comprehension.

Collaborative Learning

If your friends or coworkers attend the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology online or in person, take the chance to form study groups. Seek guidance from peers and mentors, and leverage collective knowledge.

Review and Revise

Repetition and reviewing strengthen the learning effect. So after the course has finished, take the time to go over the provided materials. They will only be available for a limited time after the course ends.

Hands-on Experience

Apply theoretical knowledge from the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology to real-world scenarios. Utilizing knowledge is key to becoming a better ophthalmologist.

By following these tips, I believe you can effectively maximize the benefits of the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology from Harvard Medical School.

Final Thoughts...

In conclusion, my journey with the online Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology has been extraordinary! Driven by the expertise of esteemed faculty members and motivated by knowledgeable fellow learners, I believe I have taken my ophthalmology knowledge to the next level. If you are an ophthalmologist looking to expand your skill set and learn from the best teachers in our field, I highly recommend you attend the Lancaster Ophthalmology Course! Good luck,

Atanas Bogoev, MD.

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