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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

January 2017

We hope to see you at the upcoming the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress (APAO) in Singapore. Continue reading for details on ICO-organized sessions of particular interest for ophthalmic educators and the planned ICO-OEG reception.

The ICO would like to thank our editors Drs. Helena Filipe, and Andreas Lauer for their contributions this month. Read on for more events and resources for your teaching and students.

Gabriela Palis, MD
Editor in Chief, Center for Ophthalmic Educators

Reception and Sessions for Ophthalmic Educators at APAO

Join the ICO for a reception and sessions on ophthalmic education at the 32nd Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) in Singapore.

Reception for Ophthalmic Educators
The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) will host a reception for everyone interested in ophthalmic education on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Conrad Centennial Hotel, Singapore.

Please join us and meet with ophthalmic educators from the region and ICO education leaders to discuss the ICO-OEG, an exciting new special-interest group, and to preview the educational sessions at the APAO Congress.

Sessions on Ophthalmic Education during APAO Congress
The ICO will present the symposium “ICO Exams and Fellowships,” as well the workshops “Student, Faculty, and Program Evaluation”; “Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Your Students”; “Managing Underperformance in Trainees”; and “Technology-Assisted Teaching and Learning.”

The steering committee and faculty organizing these sessions are ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, and Drs. Kathy Cao, Anthony Vipin Das, Helena Filipe, Prashant Garg, Catherine Green, Simon Keightley, Sunil Moreker, Eduardo Mayorga, Gabriela Palis, Berthold Seitz, Meenakshi Swaminathan, Ian Yeo Yew San, Ms. Cordula Gabel-Obermaier and Ms. Nicola Quilter.

Funding for these ICO ophthalmic education sessions is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

RSVP now for the reception.

Learn more about the education sessions at APAO.

View the APAO scientific program online.

Deadline Approaching: Comment on ICO Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum

The deadline to review and submit feedback on the draft ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has been extended to February 10, 2017.

Chaired by Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum Committee has endeavored to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curriculum be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs.

We ask that you consider the content’s accuracy, ease of adaptability, and relevance to your region, and provide your feedback to the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum Committee in the comments section of the curriculum.

Review and comment on the draft Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Subspecialty curricula for cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery; neuro-ophthalmology; glaucoma; and oculoplastics are available for download from the ICO website.

Open Education Webinar Series

The Open Education Webinar Series from the International Centre for Eye Health has five webinars scheduled in the upcoming months:

  • “What is Open Education? Why is ICEH Using It as Part of our Education Strategy?” on January 31, 2017, at 13:00–13:45 UTC.
  • “Will Open Education Work for Educators and Learners?” on February 23, 2017. Time to be determined.
  • “Where to Find and How to Use Open Courses?” on March 15, 2017, at 13:00–13:45 UTC.
  • “Using Open Education to Support Local Training and Capacity Building” on April 19, 2017, at 13:00–13:45 UTC.
  • “How to Create and Share Your Own Open Education Resources” on May 24, 2017, at 13:00–13:45 UTC.

All webinars are free of charge to attend. Register to participate in the live webinar at the time listed above, or to receive a link to the video recording of the webinar following the event and a downloadable transcript.

Learn more about the Open Education Webinar Series.

Register for the Open Education Webinar Series.

WillsEye Knowledge Portal: Glaucoma Update

The WillsEye Knowledge Portal from Wills Eye Hospital offers an accredited glaucoma update module containing 11 sections.

The module focuses on cutting edge developments in glaucoma with a focus on new and exciting changes in the field with sections divided into both surgical and nonsurgical innovations.

3.25 ACCME AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit Hour(s) can be claimed for completing the module. A free user-account is required to access content.

Access the WillsEye Knowledge Portal Glaucoma Update.

Infographic: How to Cultivate High-Performance Teachers

Recent studies indicate that the most effective leadership style may be “servant leadership,” where teachers lead by focusing on people, their needs, and aspirations––removing obstacles to their subordinates’ success. The infographic from eLearning Infographics, provides a comprehensive overview of this leadership style and how to incorporate it into your organization.

Access the infographic.

New Resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Case-Based Training for ROP
“Retinopathy of Prematurity: Case-Based Training” is an exercise that features 20 virtual patients who present with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), along with their clinical history and imaging studies. Users evaluate each patient; decide the stage, category, and zone of ROP; and can choose to treat or recommend a follow-up period.
Access the ROP training.

AAO Cataract in the Adult Eye PPP
Updated in October 2016, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Cataract in the Adult Eye Preferred Practice Pattern (PPP), discusses the prognosis, risk factors, and treatment options of patients with cataract. The guidelines aim to be clinically relevant and specific enough to provide useful information to practitioners. Recommendations are rated to indicate their importance to the care process and the strength of evidence supporting that recommendation.
Review the updated Cataract in the Adult Eye PPP. 

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

WOC2020: 26–29 June 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will include a scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.

Register for WOC2020.

Come to Cape Town, not only to learn the latest in ophthalmology but also to contribute to improving eye health in Africa.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

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