Resident Retreat

The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation holds an annual Residents Retreat in the Spring at locations throughout the U.S. Nominations for the 2025 Resident Retreat will be accepted in the Fall. 


Thirty to 35 residents, nominated by their department chairs and residency program directors, and faculty, including recent K-awardees, mid-career, and senior faculty, gather to discuss careers in academic ophthalmology. During the informal sessions, residents 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 topics discussed are how faculty combine patient care with positions/involvement in clinical research, lab research, residency and fellowship program leadership, medical student education, NEI/NIH, Veteran Affairs, and/or public health/international ophthalmology, to achieve highly rewarding academic careers. This program has been enormously popular and successful in preparing residents to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology.

Nomination and Selection Process

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. Nominations are reviewed, and nominees are selected, by the Society of Heed Fellows (SOHF) Trustees. 


The Resident Retreat is supported by the Society of Heed Fellows in conjunction with the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).  


Questions should be submitted to


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