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Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program

Innovate. Train. Mentor. Inspire.

“This is a program where learning is valued and the educational experience is tangible. You will learn a vocation, but it differs from many other schools in that HMS is a very academic environment. This is a place where a trainee can approach a faculty member and count on getting help. People coming from other institutions are simply struck by the emphasis we place on medical education.” — Simmons Lessell, MD, Director of Ophthalmic Medical Student Education, Harvard Medical School


Medical education is integral to the HMS Department of Ophthalmology’s mission, and trainees receive the finest ophthalmic education in the world. The department supports full-time faculty in every ophthalmic subspecialty, giving residents a comprehensive grounding in ocular disease and management. Moreover, fellows have the opportunity to gain further clinical expertise or pursue in-depth research in one or more of nine subspecialty areas.

Under the exceptional leadership of John I. Loewenstein, MD, HMS Ophthalmology Vice Chair for Medical Education and Carolyn E. Kloek, MD, Director of the HMS Department of Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, recent program innovations have continued to strengthen the department’s continuum of medical education. These distinctions culminate in a superb educational experience that offers remarkable depth and breadth to the department’s cadre of medical students, residents, and fellows.

The department’s greatest asset is its dedicated community of educators. Through their wealth of collective experience, HMS faculty strive to create a supportive and stimulating learning environment at every opportunity: as teachers in the classroom, clinic or lab, and as mentors to students and trainees in their day-to-day interactions. Through close teamwork—and by serving as roles models of effective leadership—their goal is to graduate well-rounded academicians and outstanding clinician scientists who become tomorrow’s leaders in ophthalmic medicine, science and education. 

The HMS Residency Training Program is an accredited three-year program designed to provide residents with gradually increasing clinical eye care responsibilities. Educational opportunities include clinical rotations at several of the world’s leading hospitals, surgical training, and classroom didactics. Eight residents are selected each year to begin training in July.

If you have further questions, please contact the
Ophthalmic Education Office at 617-573-3966.

 Page updated: March 5, 2014