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

ICO Celebrates 160 Years

Pamphlet cover for the International Congress of Ophthalmology in 1857 Pamphlet cover for the International Congress of Ophthalmology in 1857

It was 1857 when ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first International Congress of Ophthalmology––160 years later, the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC) is the longest continuous global medical meeting, and the ICO has grown to represent and serve 155 national, regional, and subspecialty associations.

Since its founding, the ICO’s impact has been significant: 

“Thanks to the dedication of ICO Members and partners, we are proud of the impact we have been able to have and the important role we play in helping to improve eye care and to reduce blindness and vision loss around the world,” says ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor.

Help the ICO to continue and expand this important work. Donate to the ICOFoundation

ICO WORLD Meeting in New Orleans: Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time

Dr. Ciku Mathenge (center), flanked by Prof. Pinar Aydin and ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, at the 2016 WORLD in Chicago. Dr. Ciku Mathenge (center), flanked by Prof. Pinar Aydin and ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, at the 2016 WORLD in Chicago.

Can you enhance your communication skills to better meet your goals? “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time” will be the topic of a robust discussion at the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in New Orleans, USA.

WORLD topics and speakers include: 

  • Leadership Happens One Conversation at a Time: Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator, Fierce Conversations, Inc. 
  • Specific Leadership Challenges in Ophthalmology: Dr. Liana Bruno, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil.

WORLD will take place at the Louisiana Ballroom, Loews Hotel on Saturday, 11 November from 12:00 to 13:45. A light lunch will be served at 11:30.

View the WORLD agenda.

Register for WORLD, a free and interactive event.

ICO Ophthalmic Educator Sessions at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD meeting, if you are attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting 11–14 November 2017, in New Orleans, USA, please join us at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the following ICO sponsored and co-sponsored sessions: 

  • Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness (SYM05): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–17:30, Room 346-347.
    Open to all AAO registrants at no cost, the Conference is for those interested in education or in improving their own teaching. Tentative workshops include:

- Expanding the Education Division in Your Department: Working with Limited Resources
- Technology-Assisted Teaching
- The Roles and Competencies of a Good Teacher
- Types of Written Assessments: Examples and When to Use Each
- The Elements of Thought: Helping Your Residents Think Critically.

  • The Impact of International Council of Ophthalmology Examinations in Latin America (P0116): Sunday, 12 November, 12:45–13:45, Hall C, Presenting Author: Dr. Juan Batlle.
    The ICO Examinations were first offered in Latin America in 1995, and by 2015, a total of 600 exams in 12 languages were taken in the region. The ICO Exams are a proven asset for residency training programs, and passage can be a prerequisite for certification by national ophthalmologic societies and boards. 
  • Presentation Skills; How to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Lectures (248): Sunday, 12 November, 14:00–15:00, Room 340-341, Instructors: Drs. Ana Gabriela Palis and Peter Quiros.
    This course will increase participants’ skills in making presentations more engaging and effective. Participants will be able to (1) apply the adult learning principles involved in meaningful presentations, (2) organize content logically, (3) design clear and adequate slides, and (4) present in an interesting, interactive way.

ICO Booth at the AAO
When you are in the Exhibition Hall at the Convention Center, be sure to stop by the ICO Booth #4730/4732 in Hall D-1 and learn more about our Exams, Education, Fellowships, ICOFoundation, and the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018).

More Global Ophthalmology at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD roundtable, the AAO meeting offers valuable symposia for those interested in global ophthalmology: 

  • Where We Are Today in Cornea Blindness: Update on Global Eye Banking, Trachoma, and Corneal Transplant Techniques for Low-Resource Communities (SYM06): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–15:30, Room 255-257 
  • Global Ophthalmology: A Volunteer's Perspective (LL09): Saturday, 11 November, 16:00–17:00, Learning Lounge 3
  • Breakfast with Experts: Start Volunteering Now! (B113): Sunday,12 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C  
  • Breakfast with Experts: Partnering with Institutions in Developing Countries (B142): Monday, 13 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C
  • It’s All About Management: Efficient Use of an Eye Health
  • Workforce for High-Quality, Affordable Eye Care for All (SYM26): Monday, 13 November, 08:30–11:00, Room 252-254
  • International Opportunities for YOs: How to Get Started and Sustain Involvement Throughout Your Career (538): Monday, 13 November, 16:30–17:30, Room 239. 

More information about the AAO annual meeting

Eliminating Trachoma: Free Online Course Starts 2 October 2017

The International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running their successful free online course on Eliminating Trachoma beginning 2 October 2017. Enroll now

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists around the world to treat trachoma and to ensure the quality of trichiasis surgery through appropriate training and supervision. Read the ICO Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery.

Free online course on how to grade trachoma.

World Sight Day: Thursday, 12 October 2017

“Make Vision Count” on World Sight Day (WSD) Thursday, 12 October 2017. Raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. Get information, ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health at: www.iapb.org/wsd17.

Use new resources––like the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision Atlas and the recent The Lancet article with the latest projections on global blindness and low vision––as powerful tools for advocacy, planning, and fundraising.

Residency Program Directors Course in Cameroon

Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute

The Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon––the only regional subspecialty training center in Francophone Africa––hosted an ICO Residency Program Directors (RPD) course 1–2 September 2017.

More than 30 attendees from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, and Togo participated in the course, which is designed to help residency director’s enhance educational effectiveness (eg, methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement) through interactive means.

Professor Côme Ebanna Mvogo, head of the University of Yaoundé and President of the Cameroonian Society of Ophthalmology, presented a lecture and expressed enthusiastic desire for future collaborations with the ICO and MICEI, sentiments shared by the department leaders in attendance from other countries. Dr. Henry Nkumbe, MICEI Medical Director, was extremely pleased with the success of the meeting, the supportive comments from all attendees, and potential for future collaborations.

Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kunle Hassan, MD, left, former President of the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), with AOC 2017 Leadership Development Program Keynote Speaker Betty Gikonyo, MD, and ICO Vice President Kgao (Eddie) Legodi, MD, new President of AOC Kunle Hassan, MD, left, former President of the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC), with AOC 2017 Leadership Development Program Keynote Speaker Betty Gikonyo, MD, and ICO Vice President Kgao (Eddie) Legodi, MD, new President of AOC

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Anglophone Africa celebrated the graduation of its first class on 15 August 2017, in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day LDP meeting, held in conjunction with the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COECSA) Scientific Congress, covered a wide range of topics and was organized with support from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the ICO, and COECSA.

Francophone Africa’s first LDP class will graduate in conjunction with the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Congress on 3 December 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. ICO Vice President Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, will serve on the faculty for the second year.

The LDPs in Anglophone and Francophone Africa focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges, and building coalitions.

ICO Vice President Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, took office as President of the African Ophthalmology Council at the COECSA Congress. Dr. Legodi will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees as one of two international trustees in January 2018.

TROS: A Society Inclusive of Many Countries

The Turkish Republics Ophthalmology Society (TROS) was founded in 2001, and includes as its members ophthalmologists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries that share a common language, culture, as well as some historical background.

Through its meetings and other educational activities, the primary aim of the TROS is to facilitate its members’ pursuit of modern and advanced ophthalmology in an international arena. In addition, the TROS works to ensure positive cooperation, information exchange, and opportunities with other global ophthalmology societies.

We welcome our new ICO Member society, the TROS. Find out more at: www.tcod-tros.org.

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