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December 2014
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

The ICO Wishes You and Your Families
a Peaceful and Prosperous 2015

Dr. Hugh Taylor<br> ICO President Dr. Hugh Taylor
ICO President

As we approach the end of 2014, on behalf of the International Council of Ophthalmology, I would like to thank you for all you do to improve access to the highest quality eye care for the people of the world. The ICO wishes you and your families a peaceful and prosperous 2015.

WOC2016: Reserve Your Spot Today
as Rates Go Up After December 31

Registration rates go up after December 31, 2014, so register today  for the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

WOC2016 planning is well underway. To date:

  • Over 210 scientific sessions in 25 subspecialty and topic areas have been scheduled.  
  • More than 130 subspecialty program coordinators have invited over 1,200 international experts from all regions of the world to speak.  
  • We have planned six Subspecialty Day Programs in the following major subspecialties: Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Cornea, Glaucoma, Orbital and Oculoplastic Surgery, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and Retina.

View the WOC2016 program schedule.

Secure your preferred spot by reserving your hotel room now through the WOC2016 website.

New ICO Three-Month Subspecialty Fellowship Opportunities

Cordula Gabel-Obermaier <br>ICO Fellowships Executive Cordula Gabel-Obermaier
ICO Fellowships Executive

Four ICO subspecialty fellowships in Microbiology and Ocular Pathology will be offered starting in 2015. These new, three-month fellowships will offer subspecialty training with our committed partners at the following renowned institutes:

  • L.F. Montgomery Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory
    Emory Eye Center, Emory University School of Medicine
    Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Supervisors: Hans Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, and Danny Haddad, MD
  • Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine
    NWCR Centre–University of Liverpool
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Supervisor: Sarah Coupland, MD, PhD, MBBS, FRCPath
  • L V Prasad Eye Institute
    Hyderabad, India
    Supervisors: Savitri Sharma, MD, FAMS, S. Shivaji, PhD, Dilip Kumar Mishra, MD, Geeta Vemuganti, MD, and Ruchi Mittal, MD
  • Department of Ophthalmology
    University Hospital Glostrup
    Glostrup, Denmark
    Supervisor: Steffen Heegaard, MD, DMSc

ICO Three-Month Fellowships are awarded twice a year, with application deadlines of March 31 and September 30. For further information, email the ICO Fellowships Executive Cordula Obermeier at:

Learn about other ICO subspecialty Fellowships, and see our ICO Fellowship Host Directory.

ICO Standard Examinations Application Deadline is January 24

Dr. Simon Keightley <br>ICO Director for Examinations Dr. Simon Keightley
ICO Director for Examinations

The ICO Standard Examinations (Basic Science; Optics and Refraction; and Clinical Sciences) will be held April 16, 2015. The application deadline is January 24.

Ophthalmologists normally take the two examinations––Basic Science and Optics and Refraction––at the same time, early in their residency training. Once an ophthalmologist has passed both exams, they are then eligible to take the Clinical Sciences Examination.

Learn more about the ICO Examinations.

ICO Foundation Assessment Available Online

Online ICO Foundation Assessment Online ICO Foundation Assessment

Designed for first-year ophthalmology residency trainees and those entering ophthalmology programs, the ICO Online Foundation Assessment challenges candidates on their knowledge of basic and practical ophthalmology learned in the first year of training.

Candidates can use books or search engines to answer the 84 questions in up to 20 minutes each. Both a learning and assessment tool, results are available immediately and serve to indicate a trainee’s knowledge of ophthalmology.

The Foundation Assessment costs 50 Swiss Francs, but it is offered FREE to candidates applying for the ICO Standard Examinations, so that they may better prepare for their upcoming exams. Find out more at:

Welcome 2014 ICO Member Societies

ICO Member societies are a community working together to preserve and restore vision, and our community is growing ever larger and ever stronger with the addition of eight new ICO Member societies in 2014:

  • Asia-Pacific Society of Eye Genetics
  • Ecuador Society of Ophthalmology
  • International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO)
  • International Society of Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (ISOPRS)
  • Ophthalmological Society of Bangladesh
  • Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies
  • Uzbek Scientific Ophthalmology Society
  • Women In Ophthalmology.

One of the many benefits of being an ICO Member society  is that individual ophthalmologists from that society are offered discounted pricing on registration for the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC). Learn about this and other benefits of ICO Membership.

ICO Leaders Drs. Golnik, Legodi, and Spivey Honored

Dr. Kgaogelo Edward Legodi (left) <br> and Dr. Bruce Spivey (right) Dr. Kgaogelo Edward Legodi (left)
and Dr. Bruce Spivey (right)

Karl Golnik, MD, MEd, ICO Director for Education, has been announced as the recipient of a 2015 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. The (U.S.) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) award honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment.

Kgaogelo Edward Legodi, MD, President of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa and Member of the ICO Board, was a recipient of the 2014 Mandela Gold Medal, which was awarded to him by His Excellency Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa. The Mandela Gold Medals were presented to honor the service of those who cared for Nelson Mandela––a world icon and the first black democratically elected President of South Africa.

The Glaucoma Foundation named Bruce Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, ICO Immediate Past President, as the 2014 recipient of its Kitty Carlisle Hart Award of Merit for Lifetime Achievement. The award was presented to Dr. Spivey at The Glaucoma Foundation’s annual ball in New York City on December 3rd.

Congratulations to Drs. Golnik, Legodi, and Spivey on these well-deserved honors.

Life is Like Cornea

Dr. Uma Kulkarni Dr. Uma Kulkarni

As the final days of 2014 are near, we thought we would close the year with a poem by Uma Kulkarni, MBBS, DOMS, DNB, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Yenepoya Medical College in Mangalore, India.

Life is Like Cornea

Wealth is like corneal epithelium: it regenerates quite rapidly.
Trust is like Bowman's membrane: once affected it leaves a scar.
Ego is like stroma: the more it swells, the more problems it causes.
Faith is like Descemet's membrane: it becomes denser with age.
Respect is like endothelium: once lost, it is lost forever.

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