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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

March 2018

This month, we are pleased to bring you an allied ophthalmic training framework by the International Council of Accreditation. Additionally, we have a basic course in glaucoma by the World Glaucoma Association, the Eye-Site e-learning resource from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and new Preferred Practice Patterns by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Please continue reading for more information.

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

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

Allied Ophthalmic Training Framework

The International Council of Accreditation has recently released A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs.

This reference guide can be used to help organizations worldwide in starting a training program for ophthalmic assistants, understanding the roles of certification, licensure and accreditation, as well as the differences between them. The framework also serves to provide a quick tool for reviewing curriculum and certification examination content, and includes a sample schedule for developing classroom and clinical training.

Access the framework.

Session Highlights: 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 at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight two symposia: “Simulation for Teaching and Learning” on Sunday, 17 June, which will teach participants about surgical simulation and how to implement these low cost tools. “Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines” on Tuesday, 19 June, will give examples of WPBA tools, and will teach participants the rationale and steps for implementation of WPBAs for their own programs.

We thank all the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative, including our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter, the Alcon Foundation.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

ICO Fellowships in AAO’s Global Directory of Training Opportunities

The International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowships are now included in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Directory of Training Opportunities along with many other distinguished opportunities from around the world. You can search for our fellowships by typing “ICO” in the search field.

Explore the global directory.

Webinar: Technology Enhanced Learning

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine offers several online courses and webinars in 2018. Their next webinar will be on Thursday, 29 March at 3pm (BST). Ms. Veronica Mitchell, an experienced human rights educator, will discuss the digital skills and tools health professionals can use to support technology enhanced learning.

Learn more or sign up for the webinar.

Basic Course in Glaucoma

This course from the World Glaucoma Association consists of four modules that address the basic aspects of glaucoma diagnosis: intraocular pressure, gonioscopy, standard automated perimetry, and clinical examination of the optic nerve. There is a multiple choice test with feedback at the end of each module. Certificates are awarded at the completion of the course. Participants must sign up for a free account to access the course.

Access the course.

E-Learning Resource: Eye-Site

This interactive E-learning course offered by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists focuses on clinical assessment, refraction, ophthalmic public health, and microsurgery skills. Users will need to register for a free account.

Access the Eye-Site resources.

Guidelines for Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology

These recently updated AAO Preferred Practice Pattern guidelines (“PPP”), focused on Pediatric Ophthalmology, are designed to identify characteristics and components of quality eye care.

Preferred Practice Pattern: Amblyopia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Esotropia and Exotropia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Pediatric Eye Evaluations

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Teaching in the Operating Room

This month we recommend the article “Teaching in the Operating Room: Trends in Surgical Skills Transfer in Ophthalmology,” by Drs. Anastasia Neufeld, Laura Hanson, and Jeff Pettey.

Access the article on the ICO’s Educator Blog.

WOC2018: 16–19 June 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

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. With over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from more than 130 countries, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

If you are a WOC speaker, please note the registration deadline was 21 March. Please confirm your participation by registering to avoid having your abstract withdrawn. Hotels are filling up so register quickly to ensure your preferred hotel based on location or cost.

Register for WOC2018.

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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