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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2018

The new ICO Ophthalmic Educator Curriculum Content Outline, and the Mandarin translation of the ICO Accreditation Guidelines and Self-Assessment are now available on our website.

We are also pleased to share that the BOOST smartphone app, developed in partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation, Sightsavers, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Orbis International, and Aravind Eye Care Systems, is now available for download. For more information, please keep reading.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Filipe, Gauba, Lauer, Mathenge, and 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

ICO Ophthalmic Educator Curriculum Content Outline

The ICO has created the Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Content Outline to provide ophthalmic educators with a clear path to enhancing their competencies in ophthalmic education practices.

This content outline includes sections on:

  • Teaching and learning principles
  • Teaching methods
  • Technology assisted teaching and learning
  • Curriculum development
  • Assessment principles, methods, and tools
  • Program management 
  • Team training concepts
  • Certification and accreditation
  • Continuing medical education

Download the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Content Outline.

Save the Date: Conference for Ophthalmic Educators 27 October 2018 in Chicago

The next ICO Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be Saturday, 27 October 2018, from 14:00–17:30, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, USA.

The 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 skills. 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 have not been offered during previous Conferences at the AAO meeting.

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

Learn more about the Chicago Conference for Educators. Open to all AAO 2018 registrants.

Sign up to receive Conference updates.

New Translation: ICO Accreditation Guidelines and Self-Assessment in Mandarin

We are pleased to offer the ICO International Guidelines for Accreditation of Ophthalmology Training Programs and Self-Assessment in Mandarin. Thank you to Dr. Xiaoxin Li for the translation.

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

Download the ICO Accreditation Guidelines and Self-Assessment.

BOOST App Launched at WOC2018 Barcelona

BOOST (Better Operative Outcomes Software Tool) is a simple, free, and easy-to-use app designed to help surgeons monitor and improve cataract surgical outcomes.

BOOST is designed to meet the needs of patients and surgeons in low to moderate income regions where surgeons may not see patients for follow up. BOOST guides ophthalmologists and staff through simple steps to capture data the day after surgery, analyse their results and compare their performance against other users around the world.

This app also automatically suggests tailored strategies to help further improve quality. BOOST is available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Bahasa Indonesia. The app can be downloaded at the Google Play Store.

Learn more about BOOST and download the app for your computer.

Download the BOOST app for your phone (Android only).

Recently Added to the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators by our Editorial Board

The ICO invites you to access these resources submitted by our Editorial Board:

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: CME and Beyond

This month ICO Educator Blog highlights the continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) article, “CPD? What Happened to CME? CME and Beyond,” by Drs. Helena Prior Filipe, Karl Golnik, and Heather Mack.

Access the article on the ICO’s Educator 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.

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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