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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

August 2017

Save the date for the New Orleans Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, which will be held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting on Saturday, 11 November 2017 in New Orleans, USA. We look forward to your joining us to participate in new workshops for educators and those interested in education. Continue reading for more details about the conference.

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

Outstanding Editor: Helena Filipe

Volunteer editors for the Center for Ophthalmic Educators provide new resources each month by suggesting and seeking out materials in diverse formats that are useful, applicable, and accessible for ophthalmic educators working with residents, subspecialty fellows, practicing ophthalmologists, medical students, and allied ophthalmic personnel.

Dr. Helena Filipe is a founding member of the Editorial Board and, since 2011, has consistently contributed high-quality resources for continuing professional development of practicing ophthalmologists, in subspecialty areas such as cornea, cataract, and glaucoma.

The ICO greatly appreciates her dedication as an Editor and to improving ophthalmic education globally. 

Save the Date: New Orleans Conference for Ophthalmic Educators 11 November 2017

The next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" will be Saturday, 11 November 2017, from 14:00–17:30, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The New Orleans Conference is open to all AAO registrants at no additional charge and is intended for anyone interested in education or in improving their own teaching interventions. Based on each attendee’s particular interests, participants will have the option to choose from a variety of workshops and group discussions.

Planned workshops and plenaries will cover new topics that were not offered at the previous Conferences at the AAO meeting. Tentative workshops for 2017 include:

  • Expanding the Education Division in Your Department: Working With Limited Resources
  • Technology-Assisted Teaching
  • The Roles and Competencies of a Good Teacher
  • Types of Written Assessments: Examples and When to Use Each
  • How to Organize a Successful Clinical Exam
  • The Elements of Thought: Helping Your Residents Think Critically

More information will be shared in future newsletters and on the ICO website as details are finalized.

Learn more about the 11 November 2017 New Orleans Conference for Educators. Open to all AAO 2017 registrants.

Sign up to receive Conference updates.

Russian Translation: ICO Residency Curriculum

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been translated into Russian and is available for download on the ICO website.

Appreciation is extended to volunteer translator group Terra-Ophthalmica led by Dr. Andrey Voroncov.

The curriculum offers an international consensus on what residents in ophthalmology should be taught. While the ICO curriculum provides a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training, it has been designed to be revised and modified, with the precise local details for implementation left to the region’s educators.

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been utilized in Austria, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Tunisia, and other countries. It is endorsed by the European Board of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.

Access the ICO Residency Curriculum and translations.

CME Activity: Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatments of Dry Eye Disease

The July 2017 supplement of EyeNet Magazine, “Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatments of Dry Eye Disease” is a continuing medical education activity jointly provided by New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and distributed by EyeNet.

This case-based program covers topics from pathophysiology to dry eye treatments. Online testing is offered for a CME Certificate through June 2018.

Learn more about the EyeNet Magazine supplement on dry eye disease now.

Strategies to Address Discrimination Towards Trainees

Discrimination towards trainees by patients and families is an important issue. As this type of mistreatment cannot be fully prevented, effective preparation is essential.

The Academic Medicine article, “The Discriminatory Patient and Family: Strategies to Address Discrimination Towards Trainees,” by Drs. Emily Whitgob, Rebecca Blankenburg, Alyssa Bogetz, discusses the importance of effective response strategies which can be taught to trainees to empower responses that protect learners and preserve patient care.

Access the article on response strategies.

Creating Effective Poster Presentations

Poster presentations have become an important part of professional meetings and are recognized as valuable tools for teaching and assessment. An effective poster is a visual communication tool that will help you engage colleagues in conversation, convey your main point to large numbers of people, and advertise your work. An effective poster is a highly condensed version of a research paper constructed primarily of visual displays of data with just enough supporting text to provide context, interpretation, and conclusions.

This AMEE Guide by George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, and Leon Leigel provides guidance and is illustrated with annotated examples.

Download the guide to poster presentations.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: The Good Doctor

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “The Good Doctor: More Than Medical Knowledge & Surgical Skill,” by Drs. Andreas Lauer and Dariah Lauer.

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.

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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