Ophthalmology Residency Program

World-class education with hands-on training, broad clinical and surgical experience, first-rate mentoring, and unparalleled research opportunities

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The Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Training Program is one of the premier ophthalmology training programs in the country. Directed by Alice Lorch, MD, MPH, the program offers a stellar educational experience under the mentorship of some of the nation’s finest faculty. Learn more about our program below or apply today.

Joan W. Miller, MD
David Glendenning Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology, Chair, Harvard Ophthalmology
Chief, Mass. Eye and Ear, Mass General Hospital

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.https://eye.hms.harvard.edu/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.

Where Will Residency Take You?

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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.