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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

September 2017

This month we announce a variety of resources for training, teaching, and assessing students and yourself. We are particularly pleased to announce that a new ICO-OSCAR for Vitrectomy is available. Continue reading for more information.

We would like to welcome new editors Drs. Meenakshi Swaminathan, Kathy Cao, and Ciku Mathenge, as well as thank Drs. Andreas Lauer and Helena Prior Filipe for their contributions this month.

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

New ICO-OSCAR for Vitrectomy

We are excited to announce that a new ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Vitrectomy was published in the September 2017 issue of Retina

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s surgical competence. Evaluators use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure and it also provides learners with a tool to better gauge their own effectiveness.


See all available ICO-OSCARs and translations.

Course: The Reviewing Process

The Elsevier Publishing Campus offers a free, interactive course, “The Reviewing Process,” useful for researchers and practicing specialists wishing to enhance their competency in reviewing manuscripts. Peer reviewing has been increasingly considered a continuing professional development (CPD) activity and is often eligible to be considered for recertification purposes.

Learn more about the course.

Dealing with Racist Patients

The New England Journal of Medicine article by Drs. Paul-Emile, Smith, Lo, and Fernández describes how patients who demand accommodation for racial biases present health care providers with a difficult conflict involving their professional obligation to provide nondiscriminatory care, their sense of social justice and personal integrity, and their ethical obligations to respect patients’ autonomy and medical best interests.

Although institutions should not accommodate, the decision for individual physicians to accommodate may be sound when the physician is comfortable with the decision, employment rights are protected, and the decision does not compromise good medical care.

Read the full text.

Easy Ophtho

Easy Ophtho posts questions which provide immediate results upon submitting an answer as a quick and easy way for residents to self assess.

Access the blog.

Video: Ophthalmological Training for Debate – Part 2 / La Formación Oftalmológica a Debate – 2ª parte

The Spanish-language video, “La Formación Oftalmológica a Debate – 2ª parte,” from the 2017 FacoElche Congress focuses on a variety of questions around resident education.

Watch Part 2 now.

Part 1 is also available for those who may have missed it.

App: eyeTilt

The eyeTilt app available from iTunes is an easy, quick, and efficient app to determine how many degrees someone's head is tilted using an iPhone or iPad.

Download the app.

Adalimumab and Dexamethasone for Treating Non-Infectious Uveitis

The July 2017 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines indicate that adalimumab and dexamethasone are an effective option for treating non-infectious uveitis that physicians can consider under the protocol and precautions recommended.

Read the guidelines.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Presenting with Credibility

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science perspective, “A Fundamental (Often Neglected) Lecture Skill: Presenting with Credibility,” by Dr. Ana Gabriela Palis

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.

Down on the Farm.

Diagnose This: 3-month-old admitted for drooling and difficulty swallowing.

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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.

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

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