Resident Retreat 2023 Update

The 17th Annual Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Residents Retreat will be held May 21-22, 2023 in Asheville, North Carolina. Department chairs and residency program directors are encouraged to nominate one or two residents from their programs who have the talent and desire to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology. This program has been enormously popular and successful in preparing residents to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology.


The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (HOF), in conjunction with the Society of Heed Fellows, the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB)


Thirty to 35 residents, nominated by their department chairs and residency program directors, and 30faculty, including recent K-awardees, mid-career and senior faculty, will gather for two half-days to discuss careers in academic ophthalmology. During the informal sessions, residents will mingle with academic ophthalmologists just a few years their senior to learn how young faculty members made the transition from trainee to academician. Among the many topics to be discussed are how faculty combine patient care with positions/involvement in clinical research, lab research, residency program leadership, medical student educator, fellowship program director, NEI/NIH faculty, VA faculty, and/or public health/international ophthalmology, to achieve highly rewarding academic careers.

Review Process

Nominations are reviewed, and nominees are selected by the Society of Heed Fellows (SOHF)Trustees. Each year, the SOHF Trustees regret that many worthy nominees cannot be invited becauseof budgetary constraints. The 2023 budget will allow about 30 to 35 residents from 30 – 35 differentprograms to be supported. Nominees and their chairs will be notified in December 2022.


Nominations for the 2023 Retreat are open to Chairs and Program Directors now through October 24,2022. Please contact for a link to the nomination form.


The Heed Foundation,, is grateful to the AUPO chairs and residency program directors for their continuing support of the Heed Foundation Residents Retreat. Questions should be submitted to David Wilson or Lisa Brown



655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 447-0249


To encourage and support education and research in ophthalmology and the ophthalmic sciences by providing postgraduate fellowships to individuals of exceptional ability.

For applicants