Summer School of Practical Ophthalmology in Prague

Leave theory at home and gain practical experience from renowned clinicians and researchers.

Summer School will be held from the 12th to the 14th of July 2024.

Registration was available until 9th of June

Summer School of Practical Ophthalmology is a 4EU+ project mainly for medical students.
Seminars and lectures will also be open for ophthalmology residents.


What can you expect from the Summer School?


Specialized seminars prioritize learning beyond university curriculum, offering invaluable insights and fostering deeper understanding of ophthalmology beyond hospital walls.

Ophthalmology-related jobs outside of a hospital setting
Keynote discussion from successful ophthalmology startups.
How to communicate your research to a public audience.


Get ready for lectures from various fields of ophthalmology delivered by top researchers, AI specialists and surgeons.

Working in developing countries
Eyes on the Future: The Role of AI in Modern Ophthalmology

Explore our coursework.

Leave the long, theoretical presentations at home and join us in Prague for hands-on learning from experienced clinicians who are coming to teach you from different parts of the world. We will provide you with the theoretical material to study at home, before your attendance at the Summer School. Come to Prague and get your hands dirty in our planned workshops!

Corneal microsurgery & cataract operation

Practice corneal suturing, cataract surgery and phaco under supervision of ophthalmic surgeons!

Practical imaging methods

Learn how to perform and interpret ultrasound, OCT & fundus photography!

Slit Lamp

Learn the basics of slit lamp examination and get the unwritten tips & tricks from our clinicians.

And many more!

Basic course of suturing, Anti-VEGF injections, interpretation of visual fields.

Meet our speakers.

Enjoy lectures delivered by leading experts in their respective areas within ophthalmology. With their extensive knowledge, experience and innovative contributions, the Summer School promises to provide attendees with key insights into their work.

View 2024 program

Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD

American neuroscientist, ophthalmologist, vitreoretinal surgeon, computer engineer, and entrepreneur

Michael Morley, MD

VR surgeon, Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Grayson W. Armstrong, MD, MPH

Director of Ophthalmology Emergency Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School

João Pedro Marques. MD, PhD, FEBO

Ophthalmic Genetics & Retina specialist, Head of the Retinal Dystrophies Clinic at CHUC; Retinal Dystrophies Expert Committee member

Ahmed Shalaby, MSc, MD, FRCOphth, FEBO

Vitreoretinal fellow at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation, DPhil Candidate at Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford

Meet our team

MUDr. Vasil Kostin
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard Ophthalmology AI Lab
‍Alma mater: Charles University
Ophthalmology enthusiast and MedTech co-founder, recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree. His focus lies in AI applications in ophthalmology, currently being an Academic Visitor at Oxford University focusing on Usher Syndrome and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University‘s Ophthalmology AI Lab. Dedicated to driving advancements in eye care through innovation and education.
MUDr. Martin Horák
Charles University
An aspiring ophthalmologist currently finishing his studies. Martin has a strong research background which he honed at Charles University and University of Oxford, where he focused on Medical Retina. Outside Ophthalmology, he was active at the Sleep Medicine Lab at the National Institute of Mental Health. Aside from clinical and academic work, Martin has 10 years worth of experience as a professional translator. His borscht recipe has sparked many myths and legends and is generally considered delicious. A dynamic individual, with a passion for innovation, academic work and patient care.
MUDr. Zbyněk Straňák Ph.D.
Deputy Chief of Ophthalmology Department
Královské Vinohrady Faculty Hospital
Accomplished ophthalmology surgeon specializing in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). His pioneering research on applying RPE cells to pigs‘ subretinal space shows promise for advancing AMD treatment. Dr. Straňák also serves as a respected lector at the Institute For Postgraduate Medical Education, sharing his knowledge and passion for eye care with future ophthalmologists.
Dr. Med. Sophie-Christine Ernst
Universitätsspital Basel
MUDr. Jan Dobaka
Charles University Alumni
Shmuel Kagasov
Charles University
Matouš Cikrt
Charles University
MUDr. Peter Machvočák
Felix Platter Hospital
Caroline Hansson
University of Copenhagen
Adam Besic
University of Copenhagen
Marián Okál
Charles University
Kateřina Nerudová
Charles University
Yusra Kinis
University of Geneve Alumni


Who can participate in the Summer School?

The Summer School welcomes medical students from 4EU+ Universities, primarily in their 5th or 6th year, with a keen interest in ophthalmology. However, passionate students in earlier stages of medical education are also encouraged to join and expand their practical skills in the field.

Is there an attendance fee?

No, the Summer School is free of charge thanks the framework of Charles University 4EU+ student mini-grants and our sponsors. However, travel and accommodation expenses are not covered. Students are advised to inquire about scholarships available at their university/faculty to support attendance at similar events.

Are there accommodation options available?

We have partnered with institutions offering affordable accommodation options for attendees. If you require assistance in finding suitable accommodation, please let us know. Alternatively, and provide additional options at reasonable prices.

Will refreshments and food be provided at the Summer School?

Certainly! During the Summer School, participants will have access to drinks, snacks, and a provided lunch. Additionally, food will be available at the concluding ceremony.
The event is organized in the framework of Charles University 4EU+ student mini-grants. We are also thankful for support from Trimed group.
Thank you to our sponsors:
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