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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

December 2018

This month we provide information on the ICO Examinations, including updates and application deadlines. We also would like to share a survey on firework-related injuries collecting data as we approach the new year. Please share this information with your students and colleagues as well.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Helena Filipe, Andreas Lauer, David Newsham, 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 Examinations

ICO Standard Exams The ICO Standard Examinations are divided into three subject areas:

Apply by 24 January 2019 for the 2019 exam.

New for this year: the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is now using the ICO Standard Examinations as the written element of their examinations. Successful candidates, including those who have taken the ICO Standard Examinations prior to 2019, are eligible to apply for membership with the Royal College and can visit their website for information on how to apply.

Advanced ICO Examination 
The updated Advanced examination will be conducted on 24 April 2019 and the application deadline is 24 January 2019. ICO Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examinations, or an examination of a similar standard. Passing the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a local face-to-face examination, entitles the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the International Council of Ophthalmology).

Subspecialty Examinations 
Seven Subspecialty Examinations are available in Corneal and External Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Pediatric and Strabismus, Retina and Uveitis. These examinations are offered to ophthalmologists who have had at least one year’s experience in their chosen subspecialty. Applications will open again on 1 May 2019.

Foundation Assessment 
The Foundation Assessment is available online and designed for those entering ophthalmology training and first-year ophthalmology residency trainees. Foundation Assessment training materials are available for each of the three ICO Standard Examinations. ICO Examinations candidates whose societies are ICO Members receive a complimentary Foundation Assessment when applying for any of the ICO Standard Examinations. View a complete list of ICO Member societies.

Learn more and apply to sit for an ICO Exam.

Firework-Related Eye Injuries

Please join the ICO in efforts toward preventing needless blindness from consumer fireworks. Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurring problem during festivities, and the ICO has endorsed the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks

Support efforts advocating for a ban on commercial fireworks by sharing this brief online survey with all ophthalmologists in your country to collect data on firework eye injuries www.congresdienst.nl/vuurwerk/INT/2018.php. It will remain open until 31 January 2019, and the information collected will highlight this important cause of vision loss to policy makers.

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.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: The Four-Gates Model

This month’s ICO educator blog highlights the Medical Teacher article, “A Delphi Study of Medical Professionalism in Arabian Countries: The Four-Gates Model” by Drs. Mohamed M. Al-Eraky, Jeroen Donkers, Gohar Wajid, Jeroen J. G. van Merrienboer.

Access the article on the ICO educator blog.

Technology Blog: Build Your Own Digital Indirect Ophthalmoscope

This post will show an inexpensive way to build your own Digital Indirect Ophthalmoscope with parts that you can order online.

Access the post.

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

These recent resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) are available through their ONE Network and are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

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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