Ophthalmology Summer School

If you are thinking about a career in ophthalmology, The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Summer School is the perfect way to explore the possibilities.

The Ophthalmology Summer School is a five-day course presented by leading consultant ophthalmologists and clinical scientists from Moorfields Eye Hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Between the two organisations we have some of the world's most prominent lecturers in pure science and in ophthalmology.

You can hear more from Dr Gordon Hay, course director by watching the short video below:

The course will cover current clinical and ground-breaking scientific aspects of the discipline. It will start with an introduction to Ophthalmology, structure and function of the eye, clinical history-taking and a broad range of clinical ophthalmology and cutting-edge research. As well as lectures, there will be practical sessions to give you a basic introduction to the clinical sciences allied to ophthalmology. There will also be a session on the residency application process and how to make your application stand out. There is also an opportunity to prepare a poster, with a prize on offer for the best.

Summer school is aimed at anybody who is considering a career as an ophthalmologist, including late-stage medical students and trainee doctors. It attracts an international audience from as far afield as Australia.

Course Director: Dr Gordon Hay, Service Director A&E/Urgent Care Services and Deputy Director of Education, Moorfields Education.

Date: Wednesday 10 – Tuesday 16 July 2024

Location: 60 places are available to attend in-person at our Training Centre nearby to Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Attendance fee: £500. Discount available for attendees from low-income countries (as classified by the World Bank) and for UCL alumni and current students.

Booking: Booking for this course is via the UCL website. Please click here to proceed.

Start Date 10/07/2024 - 16/07/2024
Duration 5 days

Taught by


Gordon Hay

Gordon Hay has worked in Ocular Oncology for 20 years. He first worked with Mr John Hungerford & Dr Judith Kingston in the Ocular Oncology and Retinoblastoma Services at Bart's Hospital having undertaken his basic training in Ophthalmology/Ocular Oncology at Barts & The London. Dr Hay then had a career break in Australia - where he spent several years as a single-handed flying doctor and rural Medical Superintendent and Government Medical Officer in Queensland. He returned to the UK in 2004 to take up a post in Adult Ocular Oncology at Barts Hospital. In January 2015 he moved to the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital where he specialises in A&E (Emergency Ophthalmology) and Ocular Oncology - working in Mandeep Sagoo’s Professorial Ocular Oncology Unit. For many years Dr Hay ran the Ophthalmology component of the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine. He also has 16 years' experience of teaching/lecturing to Ophthalmology trainees, Optometrists and GPs on all aspects of clinical care and examination skills. Gordon has been the clinical director of the Emergency Department since November 2019. He lectures widely to Ophthalmic trainees and optometrists on Ocular Oncology and A&E in the United Kingdom. He also has a keen interest in primary care ophthalmology and Community Optometry Service Delivery and is a keen proponent in up-skilling in the community setting. Gordon is the Service Director for A&E/Urgent Care Services at Moorfields Eye Hospital and in February 2020, was appointed Deputy Director of Education at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. He also lectures on the UCL M.Sc. in Ophthalmology Course in Emergency Ophthalmology and Ocular Oncology and runs the UCL Summer School in Ophthalmology. Dr Hay has won numerous awards over the past few years in his A&E role and has successfully transitioned his department into the digital sphere. Moorfields A&E Has garnered 5 major national awards for Emergency Eye care - including Health Service Journal Top A&E department in the UK, Second top for trainee education in the UK, and UCL as top higher institution in the world to study ophthalmology. He is a keen proponent in upskilling ancillary staff and has incorporated advanced nursing and optometrists practitioners into the A&E setting. His department has also won three digital awards for the Attend Anywhere virtual A&E service. In September 2022 he became Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.