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

Reserve Your Spot Today for WOC2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico

Join us February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico, for the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology. Register today for WOC2016 before rates increase on August 1, 2015.

Reserve your room now, as hotels are selling out fast. Did you know that getting to Guadalajara is easy? The International Airport Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla welcomes 450 daily flights, providing convenient, direct and connecting flights throughout the world.

Hosted by the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology (SMO) and co-hosted by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), the Congress brings together Member societies of the ICO and an international community of ophthalmologists to present their research and share the latest developments in ophthalmology. To learn more about WOC2016, go to

Conference for Educators at PAAO Congress in Bogotá

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

If you are attending the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress, we hope you will join us for the Bogotá Conference for Educators, “Trends and Evidence to Improve Your Teaching Skills,” on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. The Conference, conducted in both Spanish and English, will present expert instruction, new interactive workshops, and group discussion for anyone involved in ophthalmic education.

Participants of past ICO Conferences for Educators have described the presentations and workshops as “inspiring”––achieving their goal of improving their teaching capabilities. Information gained at the Conference, said respondents, would be used in their program or practice, and they would implement new educational tools, such as the ICO Online Resources, E-Learning, and webinars.

Do not miss this opportunity to increase your teaching effectiveness. Register now or learn more about the Bogota Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

The Conference will be held one-day before the PAAO Congress in Bogotá, Colombia, August 5–8, 2015, at the Corferias International Convention Center. For information on the PAAO scientific program, go to:

While at the PAAO Congress, please visit ICO booth #84 to learn more about ICO programs and resources and booth #4 for more on the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) February 5–9 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Deadline for ICO Fellowship Applications is September 30

Veit-Peter Gabel, MD <br> ICO Director for Fellowships Veit-Peter Gabel, MD
ICO Director for Fellowships

The ICO and committed partners offer three-month and one-year fellowship opportunities for ophthalmologists from developing countries. Fellows are expected to bring the acquired knowledge and skills back to their home countries and take part in programs to preserve vision and prevent blindness.

The next deadline to apply for all ICO Fellowships is September 30.

ICO Three-Month Fellowships

  • Approximately 80 ICO Three-Month Fellowships are awarded each year and provide US$6000 (maximum) for three months of travel and living expenses, with the exact amount subject to actual student-style living expenses in the host country.

ICO One-Year Fellowships

  • Three ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich One-Year Fellowships are presented each year to commence within 15 months after notification. The award of US$33,000 provides support for one year of training in any ophthalmology subspecialty. The fellowship honors Mr. W. H. Helmerich III and is sponsored by the Retina Research Foundation in cooperation with the ICOFoundation. 

For detailed information about the ICO Fellowships program and to apply, go to:

ICO Subspecialty and Residency Curricula

Andrew G. Lee, MD <br> Chair, Committee on Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs Andrew G. Lee, MD
Chair, Committee on Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs

The ICO is committed to advancing ophthalmic education to ensure that better eye care is available to more people worldwide. The ICO supports this goal through the development of curricula for training ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and allied eye health professionals.

The ICO subspecialty curricula strive to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught and encourages input from educators around the world regarding the accuracy, adaptability, and regional relevance of the documents.

The following Subspecialty Curricula have been finalized by their international ICO Subspecialty Curricula Development Committees:

The following Subspecialty Curricula are under development:

  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ocular Oncology and Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery

The updated ICO Residency Curriculum is an international consensus on what ophthalmology residents should be taught, and it presents a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training. The curriculum is offered with partial and full translations in Chinese, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Between October 2012 and January 2015, well over 1,600 educators and students had downloaded the ICO Residency Curriculum.

Are there changes you would suggest in the ICO international curricula, understanding that they are intended to be adapted for local use? To comment on the ICO subspecialty and residency curricula, go to the ICO curricula review blog at:

JAMA Issue on Professionalism and Self-Governance in Medicine

The May 12, 2015, issue of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), focuses on professionalism, governance, and self-regulation of medicine across the spectrum of physician education and clinical practice. Particular attention is given to maintenance of certification, which, according to JAMA, has become highly contentious.

Viewpoints addressing medical regulation and professionalism in Canada and the United Kingdom and from disciplines other than medicine provide additional perspectives. A first-page preview is presented for each of the articles, with full contents available for purchase and free to subscribers.

To see the JAMA theme issue and view the Table of Contents, go to:

News from the SOE Congress in Vienna, Austria

Attendees of the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress June 6–9, 2015, in Vienna, enjoyed a rich, educational experience, which included ICO-sponsored courses and sessions.

The Vienna Conference for Educators, co-sponsored and organized by the ICO and SOE, was held June 5. Sessions at the Congress included the ICO and World Health Organization joint symposium, “How to Make Your Eye Care Team Excel,” and the ICO, SOE, and Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology symposium, “Ideas in Global Education.”

The ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care were discussed in conjunction with new diabetic eye care treatments in the ICO symposium “The Cutting Edge of Diabetic Eye Care.”

Ivo Kocur, MD, of the World Health Organization (WHO), attended the Congress and discussed different ways ophthalmologists in Europe could implement WHO’s Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan, 2014-2019 to the benefit of their patients.

At the opening ceremony, Stefan Seregard, MD, PhD, president of the SOE, awarded the Helmholtz Medal to former president of the SOE Gabriel van Rij, MD, of the Netherlands. ICO President Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, presented the ICO Mark Tso Golden Apple Award to Zdenek Gregor, FRCS, FRCOphth, of the United Kingdom.

40th Annual Meeting of the AOI in Ghent

The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) met for their 40th anniversary in Ghent, Belgium, June 12–14, 2015.

In addition to the AOI General Assembly and presentations by new members, the program highlights included symposia on secondary glaucoma, eye care delivery around the world, and corneal banking, as well as the AOI Oration and AOI Lecture.

The AOI is a university-centered international organization committed to excellence in education, research, and culturally appropriate medical services to preserve and restore vision for people of the world. For more information about the AOI, go to:

ICO Symposium at 2015 RANZCO Congress

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) will be holding their 47th annual Scientific Congress October 31–November 4, 2015, in Wellington, New Zealand.

If attending the RANZCO Congress, we invite you to join us at joint symposium organized by the ICO, Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI) and the RANZCO International Development Committee on “Quality and Effectiveness in Ophthalmology.”

The symposium will discuss quality and effectiveness in ophthalmic education, clinical quality and safety, and review the efficacy and economics of new modalities in medical treatment and surgical techniques and technology. The symposium convener is Dr. Catherine Green, and it is co-chaired by Prof. Hugh Taylor (ICO), Prof. Frank Billson (AOI), and Dr. Anthony Bennett Hall (RANZCO IDC Chair).

The RANZCO deadline for submission of papers, posters, and film is July 3 and Early Bird Registration closes on September 1, 2015. For more information and to register, go to:

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