Dates: July 6 – August 8, 2020

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

Housing Costs: $2,100/full program or $460/week

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


Course Information

This five-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 on the beautiful campus of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, during the summer months.

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.

Program Highlights

  • Outstanding course in Ophthalmology with distinguished faculty highlighting current research and trends
  • Beautiful, serene campus environment
  • Excellent networking opportunities
  • Scheduled social programs and activities
  • Affordable on-campus housing and meals
  • Traditional lobster bake
  • Athletic Center (Free)
  • Colby Museum of Art (Free)
  • Campus Pub


Room and Board Options

All meals and lodging are available at the College for an additional $2,100 for the full course (five 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 June 5, 2020. Weekly rate is $460.

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

spouse: $1,225 (five weeks)
spouse weekly rate: $360 per week
children ages 3-16: $1,225 (five 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

Office of Special Programs

For nearly 75 years, Colby College has been home to the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology. Set in Maine, the campus offers a quiet and safe setting for professional medical training. Maine is a beautiful and popular tourist destination: Visitors from around the world travel here to explore the iconic rocky coastline, pristine forests and magnificent mountains. Colby College is centrally located in Maine, which makes it easy for guests to travel to popular tourist destinations.


Colby College
The beautiful campus is small and pedestrian-friendly, which makes it easy for guests to get around. We offer affordable campus housing in our dorms and Lancaster participants are grouped together in a dorm to encourage socializing and maximize networking opportunities. Meals are served in an air-conditioned dining hall with an extensive series of food stations that offer a wide variety of menu items. All meals are self-served and guests are welcome to return for unlimited portions. All Lancaster guests are invited to participate in a traditional Maine lobster bake on campus, which is one of the highlights of the program.

While on campus, guests may visit the Colby College Museum of Art and work out at the campus athletic center (both free of charge). In addition, Colby is home to the Atlantic Music Festival (AMF) and Lancaster guests are welcome to attend the AMF concerts throughout the summer. On weekends, the campus pub is open for guests to enjoy. Colby College will schedule periodic social activities on campus for Lancaster guests to enjoy.


During the weekends, guests are encouraged to get out and explore. You can easily drive to the coast to visit the many quaint towns, rocky coastlines, and iconic lighthouses. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are particularly beautiful and popular destinations on the coast. Maine is a hiker’s paradise and guests may also explore the many forests and hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail that ends at Mt. Katahdin. If you enjoy boating or water sports, there are many lakes and rivers near campus (not to mention the ocean on the coast) for swimming, canoeing, and kayaking.










Questions about the Course

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


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