Origins and evolution of the Lancaster Course in ophthalmology

William C. Frayer, Daniel M. Albert

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The Lancaster Course was created in 1945 to meet a need for training in the basic sciences of ophthalmology. At that time the course was designed particularly for young physicians who were discharged from the Armed Services at the end of World War II. For nearly five decades, the course has been given each summer at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with the participation of some of the most illustrious figures in ophthalmology. It has undergone numerous changes in faculty and student body, having become less directed toward the experienced physician and more toward the beginning resident. What has not changed is the informal environment combined with intensive study, which allows students to learn basic sciences and to interact with outstanding leaders in ophthalmology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-390
Number of pages7
JournalSurvey of Ophthalmology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Lancaster course
  • ophthalmology education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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