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

Announcing WOC2018 Award Recipients

Come celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the June 16, 2018, Opening Ceremony of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain. WOC2018 award recipients are:

  • ICO Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium)
  • ICO International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil)
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom)
  • ICO G.O.H. Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia)
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) Bernardo Streiff Gold Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

The Opening Ceremony and award presentation begins at 18:00 in the Fira Gran Via Conference Center, Hall 8.1. Following the event, the evening’s festivities continue with a welcome reception for all attendees.

Register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress, and be part of global ophthalmology’s largest and most influential ophthalmic event. ¡Nos vemos allí!

ICO Sessions and Receptions at the 2017 SOE Congress

While in Barcelona June 10–13, 2017, for the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress, join the ICO for two 90-minute sessions focused on ophthalmic education, a reception for ICO Members, a reception for ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

In addition to these events, the ICO is participating in a course with the World Health Organization, a symposium with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a symposium with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Learn more about these ICO-related sessions

The ICO can also be found at stand #22 in the Exhibition Hall of the Convention Center International of Barcelona (CCIB). Please stop by and say hello!

New Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Curriculum

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has been finalized and is available for download.

The pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus curriculum strives to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, and the curriculum can be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. Your comments on this curriculum and all ICO curricula are encouraged and will be considered for future revisions.

The ICO thanks the committee members and the committee co-chairs, Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, for their tremendous efforts and is grateful for the commitment and involvement of ICO Subspecialty Member Societies in the ongoing development of subspecialty curricula

Patient Safety: a Global Priority for All

The ICO calls on societies and ophthalmologists around the world to support and advocate for the elimination of human suffering from errors related to eye surgery.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors recommends adherence to standard protocols and procedures by integration of safety promotion systems that involve the entire surgical team. Essential aspects of a standard checklist include preoperative verification, site marking, and a surgical pause.

Patient safety is also a priority of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). At the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on June 11, 2017, the ICO is participating in the symposium “Safety in the Clinic and OR: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble.” Please join us in sharing experiences and insights.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors also includes links to valuable patient safety resources from the WHO and AAO.

ICO Member Spotlight: Syrian Ophthalmological Society

Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla<br />SOS Director of General Relations Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla
SOS Director of General Relations

The Syrian Ophthalmological Society (SOS) was founded in 1965 and counts approximately 90 ophthalmologists as members.

The society’s current focus is on recruiting and training young doctors, but SOS Director of General Relations Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla notes their greatest challenge is the inability to obtain outside visas, meaning young Syrian ophthalmologists cannot attend international conferences and benefit from the educational opportunities they offer. “As we are unable to travel,” Dr. Badla says, “it would be immensely helpful if ophthalmologists can come here and share their knowledge with us through creation of courses.”

The SOS recently held their annual conference in Damascus, Syria, to an enthusiastic response, with almost 550 participants attending. The ICO presented multiple talks at the conference via video presentations.

If you are interested in collaborating with the SOS on courses and/or other educational support, please email Dr. Badla at: ‪abdulaziz.badla@yahoo.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Advancing Ophthalmic Education and Eye Care in Syria

Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal

Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal, a member of the ICO Examinations Committee, is supporting ophthalmic education in Syria by sponsoring all Syrian ophthalmologists who take the ICO Examinations. To date, more than 60 candidates have benefited from his generosity.

In addition to financial support, Dr. Batal––a pediatric ophthalmologist from Saudi Arabia––is the medical director of Emel Hospital in Syria, providing frontline care in the battle torn region.

Read more about Dr. Batal and his humanitarian contributions in Community Eye Health Journal.

ICO Staff Leadership Changes

Given the recent passing of ICO Executive Director Kathy Miller, the ICO has named Lindsey Washburn as Chief Operating Officer. Lindsey has been with the ICO for over ten years––most recently as Director of Partnerships and Administration––and she will continue to oversee advocacy, eye care delivery, and partnerships with NGOs. She reports to ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Sarah Russell has been promoted to ICO Board and Office Manager and will now handle a large portion of Lindsey’s administrative and human resources responsibilities.

Kathy was also actively involved in the ICO’s educational programs, and Christine Graham, Education Manager, will now take greater responsibility for education.

Please join us in congratulating Lindsey, Sarah, and Christine on their well-deserved promotions.

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