Founded in 1946, the Lancaster Course has provided training for ophthalmologists from all over the world. The annual seven week program, offers contemporary and extensive coverage of the basic sciences and clinical sciences in Ophthalmology. Many teaching hospitals use the Lancaster course to supplement their residency training programs.
This seven week course is intended to provide contemporary and extensive coverage of the basic sciences (Weeks 1-3) and clinical sciences (Weeks 4-7) in Ophthalmology. The faculty is selected for its expertise, clarity of presentation and high quality visual aids. An expansive syllabus is provided with tuition. Feedback from the previous year's participants is closely evaluated and reflected in both faculty and syllabus changes. Both residents and practicing ophthalmologists who wish to focus on certain topics in Ophthalmology are welcome to register for individual sections. The Course is held at Colby College in Waterville, Maine during the summer months. Many of the course participants live on campus and have found the experience to be both convenient and enjoyable. This has proven to be a congenial atmosphere for faculty, students and staff alike. Day by day descriptions of lecture topics can be supplied to interested individuals upon request to our Maine office.
For over fifty years, the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology has served residency programs and many individual physicians, providing an educational program in the basic sciences relating to ophthalmology. From its beginning in 1946, the Course has maintained a flexible curriculum to incorporate contemporary philosophies and practices, utilizing the skills and expertise of outstanding teachers from the various eye centers, and has consistently maintained high standards of excellence in teaching.
Registrants in this Course also benefit from the networking and friendships made with faculty members and classmates during the summer program. The Lancaster Course is truly an exceptional experience that encompasses much more than the exposure to didactic teaching.
Comprehensive lecture notes are distributed to registrants during the Course. It is important for registrants to provide a microscope for use in the pathology sections.
Special EventsA "Down East Clam/Lobster Bake" will be served to registrants of the Lancaster Course by the pond on Colby campus. In the final week of the Course, registrants will receive certificates at the annual awards dinner, also the occasion for a special presentation made for outstanding service to the Course. For both events, each registrant and a guest will receive free tickets. An illustrated talk on the history of the Course is presented each summer by the Course historian.
Marjorie Fitzgerald, Registrar
Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology
4750 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901
All meals and lodging are available at the College for an additional $2,700 for the full course (7 weeks), a fee that also covers campus recreational facilities and the lobster bake. A $700 deposit is required to register. The room and board fee (minus the $700 required deposit) may be paid in three installments on June 23, July 14, and July 28. Weekly rate is $440.
Charges for family members, covering all of the above except seminar tuition, are as follows:spouse $1,700 (7 weeks)
spouse weekly rate: $360 per week
children ages 10 and under $750 (7 weeks)
children under 3 - no chargeInformation for those living on campus:
For registrants living on campus, a private room is assigned for you. Full linen service is included (sheets, blankets, towels, pillows). Each room is equipped with a phone, an active cable jack, a fan and a desk lamp. A free high speed internet connection is also available in each room. Included in your stay on campus is the use of all campus facilities including the fitness center, sauna, tennis courts, gymnasium, walking trails, library, computer labs, and the Hume Center, Colby's lakeside property not far from campus. The Marchese Blue light Pub is also open on select evenings. The dining hall is open Monday through Friday and most weekends. During those weekend days that the dining is closed you will find a variety of restaurants in the area. Colby will also stock the refrigerator in the lounge with items on those weekends when dining hall meals are not available. Spend part of your summer at Colby. It is convenient and affordable. Things you may consider bringing with you:
- A small television
- A laptop computer
- A bicycle
- A canoe or kayak