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May 2015
Ico Insight : News, Resources, and Events fort he World’s Ophthalmologists

Supporting Recovery Efforts in Nepal

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

I want to keep you apprised of our on-going communication with the Nepal Ophthalmic Society (NOS) following the devastating earthquake in that region on April 25.
 
NOS President Sanjay Kumar Singh, MD, reports severe damage to eye equipment and eye care facilities in Kathmandu and in the midwestern and eastern sections of Nepal. The earthquake also affected many ophthalmologists and ophthalmic paramedics who lost homes and loved ones. The NOS has been in contact with Namrata Gupta, MD, a young ophthalmologist who tragically lost her parents, younger brother, and house.

The NOS has established a monetary fund for rebuilding eye hospitals and eye care centers, supplying shelter for victims of the earthquake, and for providing Dr. Gupta with the financial means to complete her residency.

The ICOFoundation is contributing $5,000 towards these efforts, and we invite our friends and colleges to join us by sending assistance to:

The Nepal Ophthalmic Society
Himalayan Bank Limited
Thamel Branch
Account No: 01900119560017
Swift code: HIMANPKA

Thank you for your consideration and support of these important recovery efforts.

Ophthalmological Society of South Africa Selected to Host WOC2020

The ICO Board of Trustees voted to accept the proposal of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa (OSSA) to host the 2020 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Cape Town, South Africa. The selection of the host is provisional, pending definition and approval by ICO and OSSA of an Agreement on Expectations for WOC2020, which is anticipated later this year.

In October 2014, ICO Member societies in the Middle East/Africa region were invited to submit proposals to host WOC2020. The ICO reviewed materials received based on predetermined critical considerations and sent the leading proposals to the Board of Trustees for review at the May 14, 2015, Board meeting in Milan, Italy.

At the Milan Board meeting, there were presentations from each of the three finalist ICO Member societies bidding: the Emirates Ophthalmic Society, the Oman Ophthalmic Society, and OSSA, followed by a Board vote on provisional selection of the host and venue. The ICO looks forward to working with OSSA to organize the first WOC in Africa in 2020.

The WOC is held in a different region every two years. WOC2016, hosted by the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology and co-hosted by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, will be February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The 2018 WOC will be hosted by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (Sociedad Española de Oftalmología–SEO) June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.

Hurry! WOC2016 Abstract Submission Deadline is June 1

Clement Tham, FRCS <br>Chair, WOC2016 Scientific Committee Clement Tham, FRCS
Chair, WOC2016 Scientific Committee

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the World Ophthalmology Congress, February 5-9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Submit your abstracts now to www.wocabstracts.org before the June 1, 2015, deadline.

The Scientific Program Committee is accepting abstracts for consideration in the following categories: free papers, posters, videos, and instruction courses. Abstracts may be submitted in English or Spanish. Learn more about submitting your abstract.

Save money and register for WOC2016 by July 31, 2015. Engage in interactive, expert-led sessions, including debates in all subspecialties, clinical interest groups, and case presentations. Learn, participate, and connect with your peers. Nos vemos en Guadalajara!

ICO Summit on Residency Training

The ICO and the Italian Ophthalmology Society (SOI) presented an interactive summit on ophthalmology residency training at the May SOI Congress in Milan.

Focusing on ophthalmology training in Italy and Europe, part one of the summit centered on teaching principles and realities. Topics included expectations of residents in the region and how utilizing adult learning approaches could strengthen residency training. Part two of the summit concentrated on applying technology to learning, evaluation of residents, and accreditation of educational programs.

The educational summit, organized by Emilio Campos, MD, Karl Golnik, MD, MEd, and Leonardo Mastropasqua, MD, offered insight for ophthalmic educators who share a common vision of continually improving teaching effectiveness and residency learning.

Deadline to Apply for the ICO Advanced Examination is July 31

Simon Keightley, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS <br> ICO Director for Examinations Simon Keightley, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS
ICO Director for Examinations

The ICO Advanced Examination will be held on October 15, 2015, and the deadline to apply is July 31, 2015. Application forms are available to download from the ICO exams website at: www.icoexams.org.

The ICO Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed the ICO Clinical Sciences examination, or an examination of similar standard recognized by the ICO Examinations Committee.

Candidates who successfully pass the ICO Advanced Examination are allowed to use the postnominal acronym of FICO (Fellow of the ICO) when they have passed a local face-to-face examination. Learn more about the ICO Examinations.

Upcoming ICO Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators in Vienna, Bogotá, and Las Vegas

Gabriela Palis, MD <br>Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee Gabriela Palis, MD
Chair, ICO Teaching the Teachers Committee

The ICO Conferences for Educators are full-day sessions of workshops and discussion for educators of ophthalmology residents, fellows, medical students, and allied eye care personnel or those involved in CME. In addition to connecting with other educators in the region, attendees learn about the latest tools and practice techniques of modern education, gaining new skills to further improve their teaching effectiveness with emphasis on the region’s particular educational interests.

If you are going to the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress June 6–9, 2015, at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), we hope you will join us for the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on Friday, June 5 at the ACV. Register now at: forms/ICO-conference_for_ophthalmic_educators_vienna2015.

The Bogotá Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be Tuesday, August 4, the day before the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress scientific program begins. Register now or sign up to receive conference updates: forms/ICO-conference_for_ophthalmic_educators_bogota2015.

The ICO will also be offering a conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, November 14, one day prior to the start of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Annual Meeting. Sign up to receive conference updates at: www.formstack.com/forms/ICO-ConfEds_LasVegas2015.

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