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Title:[Event Highlights] The Translational Medical Journey of an Ophthalmologist
Published day:2023/11/28


On November 16th, Dr. Ta-Ching Chen has acknowledged our invitation to give a guest lecture. As a medical professional from the Center for Frontier Medicine of National Taiwan University Hospital(NTUH), he shared his extensive research in the field of hereditary retinal degeneration, ophthalmic genetics, ocular neurodegenerative diseases and regenerative medicine, together with his overseas training experience at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) at Harvard University. Dr. Chen has attributed his career as an ophthalmologist to his dedicated endeavors over the years.


Reflecting on his decision to specialize in ophthalmology, Dr. Chen shared his deep passion for precision minimally invasive surgery. This passion was followed by his observation during college, where he witnessed many young and elders diagnosed with inherited or acquired degenerative blindness, leading to a sense of social deprivation. He shared his training experience of precision medicine during his time at MEEI, Harvard University with the insight of “Continuing the knowledge acquired through research overseas and implementing it in Taiwanese hospitals” in an easy-to-understand approach. The purpose aims to encourage students present to boldly participate in overseas exchanges.


There were approximately 40 students participating in this event. During an actively interactive QA session, Dr. Chen imparted some practical tips on the future career choice for the audience to carve out their own paths. The average overall evaluation score is 4.6 out of 5, with 62.5% of the participants scoring 5 out of 5 in response to the question, “Rate your willingness to engage in overseas exchanges after attending today’s guest lecture.”


(We extend deep appreciation to a medical student whose qualitative feedback has enriched the content.)






  • Update Date:2023-11-28