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January 2018
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Appreciation to ICO Volunteers and Contributors

Hugh Taylor, AC, MD<br>ICO President Hugh Taylor, AC, MD
ICO President

Thank you ICO volunteers and contributors for your dedication to our mission to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision around the world. We also greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, task forces, and committees. Your commitment to ICO programs and initiatives is making a true difference in the lives of so many.

Join the ICO Community and become a part of our World Alliance for Sight. Connect with the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world by creating a profile at:

ICO Reception at the APAO Congress

The ICO is hosting a reception for ICO Member societies, Fellowships, Examinations, and Ophthalmic Educators at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Hong Kong.

Join us at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, located a few minutes walk from the Convention and Exhibition Center.

Date: Friday, February 9
Time: 18:30–20:00 (last scientific session ends at 18:00)
Location: Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Room: Boardroom 8, Lower Lobby

Let us know if you can attend by using this link to RSVP. Be sure to stop by the ICO Booth 3B03 while in the APAO Exhibition Hall.

Firework-related Eye Injuries Study Questionnaire

Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurrent problem, and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) is collecting data to provide a worldwide perspective on firework-related eye injuries.

If you have seen patients with eye injuries from fireworks, please complete this questionnaire, which is available through 28 February 2018. The Netherlands instigated the Firework-related Eye Injuries Study, and the SOE will share final data.

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists and ophthalmology societies to advocate to their national governments for a ban on consumer fireworks as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries. Read the ICO Position Paper on the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend WOC2018 in Barcelona

There are a myriad of reasons to attend the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Barcelona, Spain. Here are five to consider:

  1. The Comprehensive Scientific Program has over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, and offers a global perspective on the latest scientific advances, innovations, and best practices.
  2. Gain hands-on surgical-skill training (wetlabs) utilizing the latest equipment and technology available, Discuss hot topics with experts at the WOC Breakfast Club. New and Exciting Additions like these increase your opportunity to connect, learn, and share.
  3. WOC2018 is designated for a maximum of 24 CME Credits, with ability to gain even more by purchasing WOC2018 OnDemand. The WOC is accredited by the U.S. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
  4. The Impressive Exhibition Hall features innovative products and services from over 150 exhibiting groups. Enjoy entertainment, shopping displays from local artisans, and more in “WOC Plaza.”
  5. Barcelona in June is the Ideal Location at the perfect time of year. Featuring a rich history, artistic and architectural masterpieces, famed beaches and parks, and a vibrant gastronomic culture, it is no wonder Travel and Leisure Magazine describes Barcelona as “the city that has everything.”

With over 15,000 expected registrants from more than 130 countries, WOC2018 is a must-attend event. Find out more!

Register Now for WOC2018.

International Residents Benefit from Collaboration

To support ophthalmic learning worldwide, the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center and the ICO have formed a new partnership.

Moran’s global teaching portal––Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) International––now closely maps the ICO Residency Curriculum offering residents, no matter their country, access to lectures related to specific curriculum goals for every year of their ophthalmology residency. CORE and the ICO are also accumulating other lectures, videos, and resources to further support the education of residents.

CORE is a collection of ophthalmic education resources and is intended to be a boundary-free, permanent learning and reference tool, at no cost to the user.

ICO 360-Degree Assessment Tool for Ophthalmology Residents

Evaluate your residents’ interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice with the new ICO 360-degree assessment tool published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology by Drs. Gabriela Palis, Karl Golnik, Eduardo Mayorga, Helena Filipe, and Prashant Garg.

The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation” provides feedback to residents about their competence in these valuable “soft skills,” as viewed by the people with whom they interact, such as faculty, peers, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients.

The ICO recommends 360-degree assessments for evaluations, and this is the first tool developed for ophthalmology residents that has received international content validation.

Glaucoma Evidence Map from Sightsavers

Sightsavers new Evidence Gap Map (EGM) for Glaucoma is a visual tool applicable to low- and middle-income countries that displays evidence from systematic and literature reviews. Presented in an accessible user-friendly format, the EGM highlights gaps for future research.

Sightsavers also offers thematic EGMs for cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, and trachoma. Related supportive resources are the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care and the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.

ICO One-Year Fellowship Awardees

Congratulations to our 2018–2019 ICO-Retina Research Foundation (RRF) Helmerich Fellowship awardees and ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship awardees:

ICO-Retina RRF Helmerich Fellowship 

  • Dr. Hassan Mansoor from Islamabad, Pakistan, will train in cornea and external diseases at Singapore National Eye Center. 
  • Dr. Supalert Prakhunhungsit from Bangkok, Thailand, will gain valuable expertise in retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric retina at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, USA.
  • Dr. Linda Cernichiaro Espinosa from Mexico, is completing her ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship in the same subspecialty at Bascom Palmer.

ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship 

  • Dr. Tumenjargal Lkhagvatseren from Ulanbaataar, Mongolia, will study pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the University of Bologna, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

The application deadline for ICO Three-Month and Six-Month Fellowships is 31 March 2018. The application deadline for the One-Year ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship and the One-Year ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship is 30 September 2018.

Find more information about ICO Fellowships, including how to apply, at:

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