Ophthalmology Residency Program

The Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Program, directed by Alice Lorch, MD, MPH, is one of the premier ophthalmology training programs in the country, offering broad clinical and surgical experience, first-rate mentoring, and unparalleled research opportunities.  Learn more about our program below or apply today.

Take a Virtual Tour

Ophthalmology resident Dr. Inês Laíns provides an inside look at the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, including the state-of-the-art clinical and educational facilities at Mass Eye and Ear. 

Guaranteed Transitional Year Internship 

Starting in July 2021, the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program will be a four year integrated residency program, requiring only one application, through the SFMatch. There is no internship application necessary through ERAS for our program. Applicants who match with us will be guaranteed and required to fill a place in the Newton-Wellesley Transitional Year Internship Program. As part of that Transitional PGY-1 year, residents will rotate at Mass. Eye and Ear for three months. The Newton-Wellesley Transitional Year Internship Program is known to be collegial and welcoming, while still academically rigorous. It offers training both in medicine and surgery. 

Take a virtual tour of the Newton-Wellesley Transitional Year Internship Program in the below video. 

Gain Experience at Eight World-Class Teaching Hospitals

You’ll gain exposure to diverse patient populations and pathologies in a variety of hospital settings. Although most of your time will be spent at Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Ophthalmology’s multi-affiliate structure offers you the unique opportunity to rotate through eight academic institutions:

  • Newton Wellesley Hospital (Integrated Internship Year)
  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System
  • Veterans Affairs Maine Healthcare System

In addition, most senior residents choose an elective rotation at Aravind Eye Hospital in India—the largest eye care hospital in the world.

Expert Faculty Are Pioneers in their Fields

At Harvard Ophthalmology, you’ll learn from the best. Our faculty are exceptional mentors and include world-renowned experts in all subspecialty areas, ranging from retina and diabetic eye disease, to glaucoma and ocular genetics. They have pioneered many of the biggest breakthroughs in ophthalmology care. Learn more about our faculty and award-winning mentors.

Unparalleled Surgical Training

With our innovative surgical curriculum and simulation training, you’ll gain vast experience in cataract procedures, strabismus surgeries, corneal surgeries, glaucoma lasers and filters, vitreoretinal surgeries and retinal lasers, oculoplastics procedures, and open globe repairs.

The Samuel and Nancy Jo Altschuler Ophthalmology Surgical Training Laboratory at Mass. Eye and Ear features state-of-the-art surgical training equipment. With nine workstations, a surgical simulator, and training machines for vitrectomy and cataract surgeries, the facility is expanding training opportunities in new and exciting ways. Learn about the curriculum 

Collaborative Learning Environment with Robust Research Opportunities

trainees present at AMAR poster contest

Harvard Ophthalmology is also home to the largest eye research group in the world. Our Centers of Excellence and Institutes bring together Harvard faculty from multiple disciplines. And as a trainee, you are strongly encouraged to collaborate with faculty to pursue novel scientific and clinical investigations. Many residents publish first-author publications in top-tier journals and are invited to present at national scientific conferences, such as the annual meetings of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Harvard Ophthalmology embraces diversity, equity, and inclusiveness as core values and imperatives that drive meaningful change within and beyond our institution. We welcome people from all backgrounds, and we respect and celebrate different points of view. It is important to us that everyone feels safe, valued, and engaged within our community.

Harvard Ophthalmology works closely with the Harvard Medical School Office of Diversity and Inclusion and all the organizations where trainees learn to foster a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for trainees, employees, and our patient community.

Learn more about our ongoing initiatives

Where Will Residency Take You?

Trainees smile for the camera

About 85-90 percent of graduates go on to pursue subspecialty fellowship training. Others begin work as general ophthalmologists, academic ophthalmologists, or research investigators. Notably, many graduates receive Heed Fellowships, which support postgraduate training in ophthalmic patient care, education, and research. Meet our residents and recent graduates.