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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

February 2018

We are pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2018 Eyexcel course. Additionally, the ICO online course Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking opens for registration 23 March. Please continue reading for more information.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Helena Prior Filipe and Meenakshi Swaminathan for their contributions this month. Visit the Center for Ophthalmic Educators to access additional resources in more categories for all audiences.

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

Register for the 10th Eyexcel 16–20 July 2018

The ICO is pleased to announce its tenth year co-sponsoring the Eyexcel course along with the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) and the Seva Foundation. Eyexcel facilitates the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs––ultimately increasing the availability of eye care.

This year’s Eyexcel course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” will take place 16–20 July 2018 at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India.

The 2018 course will focus primarily on allied ophthalmic personnel training needs. Participants will define the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities. The Eyexcel course will focus on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under “What to Teach” for Allied Eye Care Personnel.

The course is open to teams from anywhere around the world. Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is 5 July 2018. To learn more about Eyexcel, see the course description (page pending updates for 2018). For additional information contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.

View the course description or register now.

Online Course Opens 23 March: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking

A new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology will open for registration 23 March: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking.

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

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

Learn more about the course.

ICO Collaboration with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center

To support ophthalmic learning worldwide, the ICO and the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center are collaborating on Moran’s global teaching portal–Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) International.

CORE is a collection of ophthalmic education resources and is intended to be a boundary-free, permanent learning and reference tool, at no cost to the user. The portal now closely maps the ICO Residency Curriculum offering residents, no matter their country, access to lectures related to specific curriculum goals for every year of their ophthalmology residency. CORE and the ICO are also collecting additional lectures, videos, and resources to further support the education of residents.

Explore the resources at CORE International.

Session Highlights: WOEC Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

As part of the WOEC, the course “Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge” will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill.

The case study “Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation” discussion will equip educators and program directors with the appropriate tools to feel confident applying effective remediation plans to deal with a variety of difficult situations.

Funding for the 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium sessions is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. Funding for the keynote luncheon of World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium is provided in part by the Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

Learn more about the Educator Sessions and schedule during the WOEC.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain.

Videos of the Scientific Groups of the Peruvian Society of Ophthalmology/Videos de los Grupos Científicos de la Sociedad Peruana de Oftalmología

These Spanish-language videos from the Peruvian Society of Ophthalmology cover a variety of topics useful for your teaching or to share with your learners.

Access the videos.

Courses: eLearning Courses by Orbis

Orbis International has launched three new courses on their telemedicine platform, Cybersight.org. A free Cybersight.org user account is required to access the courses.

These courses combine narrative, medical art and images, and surgical videos to optimize the learning experience, with downloadable articles, guidelines and practice manuals for reference. Full blended-learning curricula are available for the courses, which allow educators and residency program directors to combine the online content with in-person hands-on skills training sessions.

Fundamentals in MSICS

Fundamentals of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Ophthalmic Nursing Fundamentals

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Why We Need to Flip the Classroom

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “The Fallacy of the Traditional Classroom: Why We Need to Flip the Classroom,” by Dr. Eduardo Mayorga.

Access the article on the ICO’s Education Blog.

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

These recent resources from the AAO are available through their ONE Network and are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

App: Clinical Decision-Making Algorithms for Glaucoma

Software: IOP and Glaucoma Drug Teaching Model

Course: Ocular Pain: An Important Yet Under-Evaluated Feature of Dry Eye

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.

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