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January 2017
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Thank You to Volunteers and Staff from ICO President Hugh Taylor

On behalf of the ICO, I extend my gratitude and heartfelt thanks to our esteemed volunteers––the critical core of the ICO’s workforce. Bringing unique insight and skills, these essential members of the ICO’s Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, committees, and task forces are dedicated to improving ophthalmic education, enhancing eye care, and advancing leadership.

I also thank our ICO staff for their tireless work to advance ICO programs and initiatives. Together, we are building a global alliance for sight and making a true difference in the lives of so many.

Invitation to Review New ICO Curriculum for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

A new ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus is available for online review until February 10, 2017. The ICO and the curriculum’s co-chairs, Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, welcome your feedback regarding the curriculum’s accuracy of content, ease of adaptability, and regional relevance.

The subspecialty curricula endeavor to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curricula will be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. Review and comment on the draft Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum now.

The ICO Residency Curriculum and subspecialty curricula for cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery; neuro-ophthalmology; glaucoma; and oculoplastics are available for download from the ICO website at:

We are grateful for the commitment and involvement of ICO Subspecialty Member Societies in the ongoing development of subspecialty curricula. Societies contributing to the first seven subspecialty curricula in development can be found at:

Resources at ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators

Enhance your educational programs, discover valuable resources, share ideas, and collaborate with your peers at the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

ICO Fellowship Application Deadline is March 31

The March 31 application deadline for three-month and six months ICO Fellowships is fast approaching. The next opportunity to apply for three-month and six-month fellowships, as well as one-year fellowships, will be September 30, 2017.

Read the November 2016 issue of ICO Insight to see how ICO Fellowships have been helping to advance eye care in low-resource countries for 15 years. For detailed information about ICO Fellowships and to apply, go to

2017 APAO Congress: Scientific Program Now Online

Discover new treatments for eye diseases, novel imaging and surgical techniques, and results of pivotal clinical trials that will impact your practice at the 32nd Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, March 1–5, 2017, in Singapore. The APAO Congress is co-sponsored by the ICO.

The intensive program will include four sessions hosted or co-hosted by the ICO; five education sessions organized by the ICO; and a March 1 reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education. Sessions are:

  • ICO Exams and Fellowships Symposium
  • ICO Education Forum: Student, Faculty, and Program Evaluation
  • ICO-WHO Symposium: How to Increase Resources for Eye Care through Evidence Based Advocacy
  • ICO Education Forum: Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Your Students 
  • ICO Education Forum: Managing Underperformance in Trainees: a Framework Towards Successful Remediation
  • ICO-AAO Joint Symposium: Safety in the Clinic and Operating Room: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble
  • APAO-ICO Symposium: Diabetic Retinopathy Guidelines and Implementation: Real World Lessons
  • ICO Education Forum: Technology Assisted Teaching & Learning: Reflective Learning • ICO International Guidelines to Improve Glaucoma Eye

In addition, the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) will be hosting a glaucoma symposium, “New Understanding of Disease Mechanisms.”

Review the APAO Scientific Program, and register now for this opportunity to share and gain expertise with clinicians, eye surgeons, and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The APAO Congress will be at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, and we invite you to stop by the ICO Booth, #H39, and say hello.

Educator Sessions and ICO-OEG Receptions at 2017 Congresses

The ICO is collaborating with the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) at their upcoming 2017 congresses:

Save these dates, and please join us. Details about ICO education sessions and receptions for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) will be shared as scientific programs and events are finalized.

WOC2016 Video: Paralysis of Horizontal Movements

Gain information about bilateral paralysis of horizontal movements related to Koolen-De Vries syndrome with this month’s WOC2016 “Best of’” Video and abstract by Dr. Ingrid Pita Ortiz.

To see all the videos and posters from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara, Mexico, go to:

Do you have an interesting approach to a clinical challenge? Let your colleagues know by submitting a poster or video for the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain. Abstract submission opens August 2017.


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