Carolyn Kloek, MD
Carolyn E. Kloek, MD
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
Attending Physician, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Fellowship Project: Evaluation of a Standardized, Case-Based Ophthalmology Curriculum for Medical Students
Dr. Carolyn Kloek is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Associate Residency Program Director of the Harvard Medical School Ophthalmology, Clinical Director of Mass. Eye and Ear at Longwood, and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kloek received her MD from Harvard Medical School and subsequently served as a resident and chief resident in the Harvard Medical School Ophthalmology Residency. Dr. Kloek is actively involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education and has led multiple curricular initiatives for the ophthalmology residency. She believes that improving the quality of ophthalmology education to non-ophthalmologists is one of the best ways to improve eye care.
Dr. Kloek has received numerous awards for her teaching and educational efforts. She was chosen as Teacher of the Year of the Harvard Medical School ophthalmology residency for her dedication and excellence in resident teaching in 2008. In 2009 Dr Kloek was awarded an HMS Shore Fellowship for her work in contributing to the development of the Mass. Eye and Ear Cataract Master, an innovative e-learning tool to train ophthalmology residents in the cognitive skills required in cataract surgery. Dr. Kloek was nominated for the Harvard Medical School Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching for Years 3 and 4 in 2011. She is currently a member of The HMS Academy. She has spearheaded multiple ophthalmology curricular initiatives including a case discussion series for medical students, a surgical curriculum, and a resident as teacher curriculum for the ophthalmology residency. Her research interests lie in improving resident surgical education and e-learning tools.
As a Rabkin Fellow, Dr. Kloek developed an on-line, virtual patient, interactive ophthalmology curriculum for teaching ophthalmology to medical students and designed a study to assess the effectiveness of this curriculum. Also during her Rabkin Fellowship year, Dr. Kloek has studied the effectiveness of a new method of introducing cataract surgery to novice residents in a step-wise manner and designed a course on how residency programs can develop surgical curricula; this course has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting.