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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

February 2019

This year, the ICO celebrates our 11th year co-sponsoring the Eyexcel course with the Seva Foundation and the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO). This long-running event focuses on training teams, particularly improving allied ophthalmic personnel training. Continue reading for more information on this year’s Eyexcel course and how to register.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Filipe, Newsham, 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

Register for the 11th Eyexcel Course

Eyexcel will take place 29 July – 02 August 2019 at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India. The 2019 course will focus exclusively on allied ophthalmic personnel training needs. Course modules include:

  • Importance of allied ophthalmic personnel and principles of adult learning
  • Analysis and design of the training program
  • Development and implementation of the training program
  • Training program evaluation
  • Training program development 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 Ophthalmic Personnel. The course is open to teams from anywhere around the world with an interest in training allied ophthalmic personnel. Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is 3 July 2019. To learn more about Eyexcel, see the course description. To register your team, contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy.

ICO Educator Sessions at Upcoming Supranational Congresses

Join the ICO at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting 6–9 March 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The APAO-ICO co-sponsored education sessions include:

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

Funding for the APAO-ICO educator sessions is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical, Co.

The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress, 25–28 May 2019 in Cancún, Mexico will include 3 sessions for educators and an ICO Educator Reception. Registered attendees may participate in the following sessions, which will be held in Spanish and English:

  • Tecnología y Educación
  • Competencias para Educadores
  • ICO Exams and Fellowships

Funding for the PAAO-ICO educator session is provided in part by Johnson & Johnson Vision.

The European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress, 13–16 June 2019 in Nice, France will include three ICO organized sessions for attendees:

  • Competencies of a Good 21st Century Educator
  • Keeping Your Teaching up to Date
  • International Ophthalmology in the European Region

Funding for the SOE-ICO educator sessions is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation.

The ICO is a partner for the 2019 Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) Congress, 5–8 September 2019. The ICO is also co-organizing sessions for educators and on international ophthalmology. More details will be announced as sessions are developed, and available on the ICO website.

ICO 360° Assessment Tool

This month’s highlighted resource is the ICO 360° Assessment Tool, a multisource feedback tool for evaluation of residents. The tool can be used to provide feedback on “soft skills” such as interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system based practice. Published in 2018, this is the first 360° tool developed for ophthalmology residents which received international content validation.

Download the ICO 360° Assessment Tool.

AMEE Research Committee Grant

The International Association for Medical Education (AMEE) Grant for Medical Educators working in Resource Constrained Settings (MERCS Grant) aims to provide financial support to create opportunities for educational research among health professions education scholars working in emerging, disadvantaged, and/or resource-constrained settings. The Grant provides 2,000 British Pounds, a research mentor from the discipline in which the work is envisaged, access to the full set of AMEE Research Guides, access to an online version of the Research Essential Skills in Medical Education (RESME) course offered by AMEE, and the ability to participate in an AMEE conference via online streaming (AMEELive).

Topics for research can include teaching and learning in all settings and scenarios, assessment of learning, curriculum development and evaluation, student selection, planning and implementation, structures and processes, mentoring and faculty development, student wellness and support, and leadership.

The application deadline for the MERCS Grant is 31 March 2019 with applicants notified in June 2019 of the outcome.

Learn more about how to apply for the MERCS Grant.

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: Providing Feedback to Peers About Their Teaching

This month we recommend the Medical Teacher article “Twelve Tips for Providing Feedback to Peers About Their Teaching” by Lori R. Newman, David H. Roberts, and Susan E. Frankl.

Access the article.

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.

OCT in the Diagnosis of Retinal Disease

Athletic Eye Injuries and Appropriate Protection

Patient-Doctor Communication in Ophthalmology

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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