Dates: June 16-August 1, 2019

Tuition Costs: $4,500/full program, $1,000/week or $250/day

Housing Costs: $2,900/full program or $460/week

Who Should Attend: Med Students, Residents, and Practicing Ophthalmologists


Course Information

This seven-week course is intended to provide contemporary and extensive coverage of the basic sciences and clinical sciences in Ophthalmology.

Founded in 1946, the Lancaster Course has provided training for ophthalmologists from all over the world; many teaching hospitals supplement their residency training programs with the Lancaster Course. The faculty is selected for its expertise, clarity of presentation and ability to provide high-quality visual aids. An expansive syllabus is provided and 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. This has proved to be a congenial atmosphere for faculty, students, and staff. Registrants 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.

Colby provides convenient and affordable housing on campus (including three daily meals in the dining hall). Many residents take advantage of this to explore Maine, which is a popular summer destination. Colby College is conveniently located within a short drive to Portland, Bar Harbor, and Acadia National Park.


Room and Board Options

All meals and lodging are available at the College for an additional $2,900 for the full course (seven weeks), a fee that also covers campus recreational facilities and the lobster bake. A $750 deposit is required to register. Payment in full is due by May 30, 2019. Weekly rate is $460.

Charges for family members, covering all of the above except seminar tuition, are as follows:

spouse: $1,700 (seven weeks)
spouse weekly rate: $360 per week
children ages 3-16: $1,700 (seven weeks)
children ages 3-16 weekly rate: $360
children under 3: no charge

Information for those living on campus:

For registrants living on campus, a private room is assigned to you. Full linen service is included (sheets, blankets, towels, pillows). Each room is equipped with a fan and a desk lamp.  Complimentary high-speed internet 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.  During holidays that the dining hall is closed, you will find a variety of restaurants in the area.

A Down East clam/lobster bake will be served to registrants who are living on campus. In the final week of the course, registrants will receive certificates at the annual awards dinner, which is also the occasion for a special presentation made for outstanding service to the course. Each registrant and a guest will receive free tickets for both events. An illustrated talk on the history of the course is presented each summer by the course historian.

Questions about Housing

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Questions about the Course

Marjorie FitzGerald, Course Registrar
phone: 207-859-4750
fax: 207-859-4055


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