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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

November 2018

This month, the ICO is pleased to announce that we will be organizing five sessions in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) at their congress in March 2019. All congress participants are welcome to attend. Please continue reading for more information.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Helena Filipe, Vinod Gauba, Andreas Lauer, 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

ICO Education Symposia at APAO 2019 Congress

Please join us 6-9 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand for a series of APAO-ICO co-sponsored sessions focused on ophthalmic education.

The following five education sessions will be offered as part of the scientific program:

  • Voice of Residents
  • How do Trainees Become Competent Surgeons? How It’s Done In Different Countries
  • Competencies of a Good 21st Century Teacher
  • ICO Education Symposium
  • Maximizing Productivity and Quality Through Eye Care Team Development

These sessions are possible in part through generous support from Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

Sign up for updates on the APAO educator sessions.

ICO-OSCARs Available for Download

The ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubrics (ICO-OSCARs) are behavioral and skill-based rubrics. ICO-OSCARs are available in English for:

  • Ptosis
  • Extracapsular Cataract Extraction
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Pediatric Cataract Surgery
  • Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS)
  • Strabismus
  • Lateral Tarsal Strip Surgery
  • Trabeculectomy
  • Vitrectomy

The ICO-OSCAR is a standardized, internationally-validated tool, and allows the evaluator to objectively assess the resident’s competence in performing a specific procedure. This can also be used by the resident as a tool to better gauge their own performance. Our newest ICO-OSCAR for Ptosis was released earlier this year.

Selected ICO-OSCAR's are also available in Mandarin Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Download an ICO-OSCAR.

ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Medical Education (CPD/CME) was developed by the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee and contributors as a practical guide to the concepts of CPD and CME.

The Guide covers the concepts of CPD/CME, the individual’s role in CPD, the educator’s role in CPD, organizational development of CPD, and the regulator’s perspective of CPD. The guide is designed in a problem-based format so that the user can easily navigate the text and choose what to read according to their own personal need.

Download the Guide.

LinkedIn Ophthalmic Educators Group

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group is a special interest group of the International Council of Ophthalmology. The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group was formed to support and to encourage recognition of ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology. Our goal is to provide a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

Members may join the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group on Linkedin to share their experience, receive updates on ICO resources from the Center for Ophthalmic Educators, and network with other ophthalmic educators around the world.

Join the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group on LinkedIn.

Recently Added to the Center from Our Editorial Board

Explore resources for teaching and assessing recently added to the ICO's Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

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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