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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2017

We look forward to seeing you in August at the upcoming Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress in Lima, Peru. Learn more about the co-organized session of particular interest for ophthalmic educators, the ICO reception on August 10 and other ICO activities at PAAO.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Andreas Lauer and Helena Prior Filipe for their contributions this month. Read on for more opportunities and resources for your teaching and students.

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

WOC2018 Abstract Submission Opens August 21, 2017

Submit your ophthalmic education abstract for the World Ophthalmology Congress® 2018 in Barcelona, Spain on June 16–19, 2018. The submitted Program will consist of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas, including education.

Submissions will be accepted in both English and Spanish, starting on August 21, 2017. We look forward to your submissions and those of your students.

There will be at minimum 48 Free Paper sessions, 60 submitted Instruction Courses and an E-Poster and E-Video viewing area scheduled all four days of the Congress. In addition, four Poster Pods with interactive E-Poster presentations will rotate throughout each day.

Learn more about the WOC2018 Submitted Program.

View Abstract Submission Guidelines-At-Glance.

Review the full Abstract Submission Guidelines.

Access the Abstract Submission Guidelines in Spanish.

AMEE 2017 Meeting Offers Online Participation

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is offering online registration to their annual meeting, “AMEE 2017 Live,” August 27–30, 2017.

With online registration, individuals who cannot attend the conference in Helsinki, Finland, are able to participate in events, interviews and sessions from a location of their choosing. A broadband internet connection allows online registrants to engage in AMEE live session discussions and ask questions. Sessions can also be accessed afterwards for up to one year.

Learn more or register for AMEE 2017 Live.

Open Access Course: Geometric Optics

This open-access course by Dr. Leon Strauss, through the American Academy of Ophthalmology, introduces the geometric optics needed to study optics of the eye, optical instruments, and correction of ametropia. Totaling less than two hours, this nine-part video presentation uses audio explanation accompanied with visual constructions for better understanding. A free aao.org user account is required to access the course.

Access the course.

Community Eye Health Journal Self Assessment

The Community Eye Health Journal provides opportunities for continuing professional development assessment including picture quizzes based on the current issue’s content. The activities are completed on the journal website and provide immediate feedback.

Test your knowledge and understanding on the March 2017 issue: Neuro-Ophthalmology.

Flipped Learning Approach: Benefits to Learner and Organisation

This infographic, from ELearning Infographics, reviews advantages for learners and organisations of using the flipped learning approach (i.e. delivering the majority of the content in advance via video and interactive lessons).

View the infographic on flipped learning.

New Warnings for General Anesthetics and Sedation Drugs in Young Children and Pregnant Women

The United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) has issued a safety announcement warning that repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs during surgeries or procedures in children younger than 3 years or in pregnant women during their third trimester may affect the development of children’s brains.

Read the announcement which contains information for healthcare providers and a data summary.

Technology Blog: Developing Deeper Learning with Mind Maps

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses how to stimulate deeper learning in trainees using the flipped classroom strategy and mind maps.

Review the blog post to learn more about the strategy and mind maps.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Proficiency-Based Virtual Reality Cataract Surgery Training

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Ophthalmology article, “Operating Room Performance Improves after Proficiency-Based Virtual Reality Cataract Surgery Training,” by Drs. Ann Sofia Skou Thomsen, Daniella Bach-Holm, Hadi Kjaerbo, Klavs Hojgaard Olsen, Yousif Subhi, George Saleh, Yoon Soo Park, Morten la Cour, and Lars Konge.

Access the article on the education blog.

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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