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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

May 2017

We are excited to announce a new ICO online course, Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking, which opens June 19. More information about the course is below and on the Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Helena Prior Filipe, Vinod Gauba, 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

New Critical Thinking Course Begins June 19

A new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology starts June 19: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking.

The ability to think critically is an advantageous skill, and it is key to being a successful professional. This 8-week course is designed to improve your analytical abilities and help you be more impactful in your decisions, and teachers will be better equipped to help students develop their own critical thinking skills.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Improve their skills to make deliberate decisions in both professional and personal settings 
  • Be able to facilitate group decision making by presenting an effective model for discussions

There is no fee for the course, but proof of purchase of the reading material is required.

Register now or learn more about the course.

Educator Reception and Sessions at SOE Congress June 10–11, 2017

Join the ICO for a reception and sessions on ophthalmic education during the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Reception for Ophthalmic Educators
The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) will host a reception on Saturday, June 10 at 17:45–19:00 in Sala Tibidado at the AC Hotel Barcelona Forum. The ICO-OEG is open to everyone interested in teaching, and the reception will be an opportunity to learn more about the group, meet colleagues, and hear details about the ICO-organized sessions at the SOE.

Sessions on Ophthalmic Education during SOE Congress
The ICO has organized the symposium, “Simulation for Teaching and Learning,” and the workshop, “Small Group Teaching” at the SOE Congress. Both sessions will be held on Sunday, June 11.

Visit the ICO at booth #22 in the Exhibition Hall of the Convention Center International of Barcelona (CCIB)! Learn more about WOC2018 in Barcelona, ICO Examinations and Fellowships.

Learn more about the ICO educator activities at SOE, including session details.

Sign up for updates on the reception and educator sessions at SOE.

Mark your calendar for all ICO sessions and events during SOE.

Recommend Your Colleagues: ICO-OEG Eye on Ophthalmic Educators

In each ICO-OEG Quarterly newsletter, an outstanding educator is highlighted in the “Eye on Ophthalmic Educators” feature. Challenges, methods of teaching, and interests within education are discussed with each featured educator.

Do you know an educator who should be featured in the newsletter? Please submit your suggestions, and tell us why.

Recommend an educator now.

Learn more about the ICO-OEG and join!

Free Online Courses from ICEH

The International Centre for Eye Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (ICEH) Open Education for Eye Care program has developed a series of free online courses on key topics in public health eye care. Examples of their open educational resources include a webinar series exploring digital communication technologies and online courses on eliminating trachoma, global blindness, and ophthalmic epidemiology.

Explore ICEH’s online courses.

Infographic: Three Learning Theories of Instructional Design

The infographic from ELearning Infographics, “The Three Learning Theories of Instructional Design,” outlines behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism, as well as which theories work well in different learning environments.

Access the infographic.

Treat and Manage Elevated IOP After Intravitreal Steroid Injection in Diabetic Macular Edema

The Ophthalmology and Therapy article, “Elevated Intraocular Pressure After Intravitreal Steroid Injection in Diabetic Macular Edema: Monitoring and Management,” by Drs. Francisco J. Goñi and co-authors, describes an algorithm on how to treat and manage elevated intraocular pressure in diabetic patients who underwent steroid implant for diabetic macular edema (intravitreal or subconjunctival).

Read more about the treatment algorithm.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Evidence-Based Approach to Surgical Teaching

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Survey of Ophthalmology article, “An Evidence-Based Approach to Surgical Teaching in Ophthalmology,” by Drs. Alice Lorch and Carolin Kloek.

Access the article on the education blog.

Recently Added from the AAO

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

AAO Idiopathic Macular Hole PPP
Updated in March 2017, the AAO’s Idiopathic Macular Hole Preferred Practice Pattern (PPP), discusses the prognosis, risk factors, and treatment options of patients with macular holes. 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 Idiopathic Macular Hole PPP.

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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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