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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

March 2017

This month, we are pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2017 Eyexcel course, and to provide you with online resources for your teaching, such as the “Eliminating Trachoma” course from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Please continue reading for more details.

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

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

Announcing 2017 Eyexcel Course

The July 11–14, 2017, Eyexcel Course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” helps to facilitate the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs––ultimately increasing the availability of regional eye care.

Eyexcel prepares eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis. The 2017 course will focus primarily on allied ophthalmic personnel training needs. Participants will define the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities. The Eyexcel course will focus on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

The course is co-sponsored by Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the Seva Foundation, and the ICO, and is held annually at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India. Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under "What to Teach" for Allied Eye Care Personnel

Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is July 3, 2017. To learn more about Eyexcel, see the course description. For additional information contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.

View the course description or register now.

Course: Eliminating Trachoma

Discover how communities and experts are working together to end trachoma by 2020. Participants in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s five-week course, “Eliminating Trachoma,” will explore the epidemiology of trachoma, how to evaluate the disease on a community level, and learn how trachoma elimination strategies, such as SAFE (surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, and environmental improvement), are implemented.

Personnel who execute and manage trachoma programs at a district and community level will interact online with peers and educators from across the world, including staff from the World Health Organization, stakeholders from non-governmental organizations, and experts in water, sanitation, and hygiene.

The April 17–May 21, 2017, course is free, and participants can join at any time throughout the five weeks.

Learn more or register for the course.

Top 10 Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

The article, “Top 10 Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Those Who Care About Student Results” by Shaun Killian, outlines 10 teaching strategies that have the largest impact on student performance.

The strategies are succinctly explained, supported by hard research, have a substantially higher effect on student results than other teaching strategies, and be applicable to a wide range of subjects and age of learner. Each strategy is accompanied by citations and links for further reading.

Learn about the top 10 evidence-based teaching strategies.

Book: The Patient Will See You Now

In the book “The Patient Will See You Now: the Future of Medicine is in Your Hands,” Eric Topol, MD, professor of innovative medicine and the director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, describes medicine’s “Gutenberg moment”––how smartphones are democratizing medicine, and predicts a technology-driven, patient-centered revolution in health care.

ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators Editorial Board Member Dr. Andreas Lauer says of the book, “Both learners and teachers need to be aware of the revolution that is occurring in health care as health information becomes more accessible to patients, health care data is shared to assess outcomes and health care delivery continues to change. Learners and teachers both may appreciate the text in order to understand the trajectory of future medicine and teach to the changing landscape.”

Learn more about “The Patient Will See You Now.”

Instruction Video: Repair of Full-Thickness Upper Eyelid Laceration

This video and related transcript from Dr. Richard Allen at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences demonstrates his technique on how to approach repair of a full thickness upper eyelid laceration.

Access the video.

Course: Why So Blurry?

The course, “Why So Blurry,” by Drs. H. Robert Papas and Syed Gibran Khurshid, from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, presents a 14-year-old girl with sudden-onset blurry vision in her left eye and no other symptoms.

This course offers 1 Self-Assessment AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and requires an AAO ONE Network account. Learn more about accessing the ONE network through a participating societies license or apply for individual access for those from developing countries

Access the course.

Recently Added from the AAO

These “Diagnose This” resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

Diagnose This: Where is a lesion suspected?

Diagnose This: Evisceration or enucleation?

Diagnose This: Epithelial basement membrane dystrophy

Diagnose This: Irreversible visual loss following panretinal photocoagulation

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.

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