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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

November 2019

This month, we highlight ICO Online Courses for educators, as well as ICO Curricula for residency programs, subspecialties, and ophthalmic educators. ICO Online Courses were created as part of the ICO’s Teaching the Teachers Initiative and are available for a small registration fee. ICO Curricula are available to access at no cost and are intended to be customizable by ophthalmic educators in all regions and according to the needs of their specific program. To learn more, continue reading.

We are grateful to our editor Dr. Helena Prior Filipe for her 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

Enroll Today: ICO Online Courses for Educators

The ICO offers two online courses for educators that are open for registration on a rolling basis. Courses are designed so that participants may go at their own pace.

Click on the course titles to learn more about each course:

  • Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions: A course on effective teaching interventions beyond lectures. Topics include creating assessment questions, building course content, tools for making lectures interactive, adult learning principles and much more. Registration fee required.
  • Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking: This is a self-led course on developing your own critical thinking skills and how to teach those skills to your students. This course is free to register, but proof of the purchase of the selected reading materials is required.

Register for an ICO Online Course.

ICO Curricula Available for Download

The ICO offers a curriculum to be used in the development of residency programs and five subspecialty curricula to be used in subspecialty training programs. Additionally, the ICO developed the Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Content Outline, which is meant to provide an outline for increasing the teaching skills of ophthalmic educators. Additional subspecialty curricula are in development.

ICO Curricula are intended to be of value across regions and are designed to be revised and modified for implementation by local educators.

Available Curricula:

  • Residency Curriculum in Chinese, English, Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian, as well as separate French and Spanish translations of the Cataract and Lens Section.
  • Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Content Outline in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Subspecialty Training Curricula for Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery; Glaucoma; Neuro-Ophthalmology; Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery; Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

Explore available ICO Curricula.

Save the Date: ICO Education Symposia at APAO 2020

Please join us 22–26 April 2020 in Xiamen, China for a series of APAO-ICO co-sponsored sessions focused on academia, research, teaching, and education in ophthalmology.

Four APAO-ICO education sessions and a dedicated session on ICO Fellowships and Examinations will be offered in the scientific program. Watch this space for more information in the coming months.

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

Register now to join us at APAO.

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: Improving Presentation Effectiveness

This month we recommend the Annals of Eye Science article, “Improving presentation effectiveness,” by Dr. Eduardo Mayorga.

Access the article.

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

These recent resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology 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.

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