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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

January 2018

We look forward to seeing you in February at the upcoming Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Hong Kong. Learn more about the sessions of particular interest for ophthalmic educators, the ICO reception on 9 February, and other ICO activities at APAO.

This month we also bring you information about educator symposia at the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress, resources relating to program accreditation, and much more.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Filipe, Swaminathan, and Lauer for their contributions this month. Visit the Center for Ophthalmic Educators to access additional resources for all audiences.

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

Educator Sessions at APAO, 8–11 February 2018

Please join us at the APAO Congress for the following ICO co-sponsored sessions for educators and those interested in ophthalmic education:

  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned?
  • E-learning Principles and Resources
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective
  • Are your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification
  • ICO Exams and Fellowship Symposium.

Learn more about the sessions at APAO 2018.

ICO Reception at APAO 9 February 2018

The ICO will be holding a reception at the APAO Congress in Hong Kong on 9 February at 18:30–20:00. The reception is open to everyone and we invite all ophthalmic educators to attend.

The reception will take place in Boardroom 8 (Lower Lobby), of the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.

Please let us know if you will attend the reception.

World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques during the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain, 16–19 June 2018. These sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education and are open to all attendees of the Congress.

As part of the WOEC, the symposium “Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 8:30 to 10:00 in Hall 8, Rm 26. This invited symposium provides tips for effective teaching, time management, and delivering objective feedback. Included is how to develop a step-by-step learning process with clear objectives and goals for each of the stages of surgical learning.

The symposium “Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 14:00 to 15:30 at Hall 8, Rm 25. This symposium will cover innovations for teaching and continuing professional development (CPD) including work-based learning, the use of surgical simulation, internet-based learning, use of portfolios, how to add metacognition to CPD, and innovative assessment methods.

Learn more about the Educator Sessions at the WOEC.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Updated Accreditation Guidelines for Ophthalmology Training Programs

As part of our effort to improve ophthalmology training around the world, the ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee, led by ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, has updated the ICO’s recommended guidelines and developed a self-assessment tool for ophthalmology training programs.

The guidelines and self assessment can be used as written or adapted for local needs by training program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.

Access the ICO Accreditation Guidelines and Self Assessment.

Infographic: What is Experiential Learning

This infographic from E-learning Infographics explores the principles of learning from concrete experiences by reflection.

Access the infographic.

Course: European Residents' Glaucoma Course

The European Glaucoma Society is offering a new Glaucoma Course online for free. Created for residents of ophthalmology, it will also be of value for comprehensive ophthalmologists, glaucoma fellows, and ophthalmologists with other subspecialties. The course consists of recorded lectures, illustrated by PowerPoint presentations.

Access the course.

ACGME Resources for Physician Well-Being and Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has collected these resources which promote a culture of well-being and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.

Access the physician well-being resources.

Technology Blog: Easy Accents for Spanish Words

This post from the Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog will be helpful for teachers from Spanish-speaking countries who use English keyboards or English speakers who occasionally have to type words in Spanish with accents.

Access the post.

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.

The ICO is offering a greatly reduced rate for those that register by 31 July 2018. 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.

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