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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

December 2019

As we close 2019 and another decade, we extend our warmest wishes for the season and wish you peace and prosperity for the new year. Thank you for your work to improve your teaching and ophthalmic education around the world. Continue reading for updates on the upcoming ICO Examinations application deadline, the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum, ICO Resources for Accreditation, and a new short course on Assessments in Health Professions Education.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Helena Filipe, 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: Application Period Open

The ICO Standard and Advanced Examinations will next be held on 20 April and 13 October 2020. Applications for the April exams are now open and must be submitted by 24 January. The ICO Examinations are the only medical specialty examinations that are available worldwide. ICO Standard Examinations are offered in multiple languages and all exams can be taken in one’s own country at one of the ICO’s 138 test centers in 85 countries. The exam questions are prepared and reviewed by an international group of examiners. ICO Examinations meet or exceed the highest standards for world-class board and qualifying exams. Candidates who are a Member of the ICO, and who apply for one of the Standard Examinations, will be granted FREE access to the ICO Online Foundation Assessment, an online practice test designed for those entering ophthalmology training and first-year ophthalmology residency trainees. The Foundation Assessment covers the topics in the ICO Standard Examinations: Advanced (115 & 180 Questions) ICO Examination
The ICO Advanced (115) 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 (115) 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). It also allows successful candidates to apply for Membership (postnominal MRCSEd) with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The Advanced (180) Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who hold MRCSEd with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Passing the Advanced (180) Examination allows successful candidates to sit for the face-to-face examination with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and gain the qualification FRCSEd (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh).

Subspecialty Examinations
Seven Subspecialty Examinations are available in Corneal and External Eye Disease, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Pediatric and Strabismus, Retina and Uveitis, along with the newly introduced Cataract Examination. These examinations are offered to ophthalmologists who have had at least one year of experience in their chosen subspecialty. Applications will open again on 1 May 2020.

Learn more and apply to sit for an ICO Examination.

Submit Educational Resources for the ICO Ophthalmic Educator Curriculum

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Development Committee extends an invitation for you to submit educational resources to be included in the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Outline. The Outline contains nine topics to be covered when training an ophthalmic educator. The Committee is currently adding resources for teaching and learning principles and teaching methods to the existing Outline in order to complete the curriculum.

Please submit any resources that you use or find useful in your work training ophthalmic educators using the form linked below. Resources should relate to the topics in the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Outline, be of high quality, easily translated or with multiple translations, and ideally should be accessible using the internet. For examples of resources that might be accepted, we encourage you to explore the resources in the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

To ensure only the highest quality resources are included in the curriculum, submissions will be reviewed by the ICO review panel of dedicated ophthalmic educators for excellence, relevancy to the curriculum topics, adaptability, and usefulness across regions. Any resources that are approved will be added to the curriculum for publication. Approved resource submitters have the opportunity to be recognized for their contribution to the finalized curriculum at their request.

Share your educational resource recommendations.

ICO Resources for Accreditation

The ICO’s Accreditation and Certification Committee has updated our recommended guidelines and developed a self-assessment tool for ophthalmology training programs as part of the ICO’s efforts to improve ophthalmology training around the world. The guidelines can be adapted for local needs by training programs or accreditation bodies and are benchmarks to strive for. The self-assessment tool can facilitate identification of gaps in a program’s resources and is based on the ICO Accreditation Guidelines. Translations of these resources are also available in Mandarin and Spanish.

In 2018, these tools were used as part of an accreditation pilot program by residency training programs in Peru, Tanzania, and India.

Funding for the ICO accreditation pilot was provided in part by The Allergan Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

Short Course from Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education

Registration is now open for the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education short course on “Assessment in Health Professions Education” scheduled for 30 April – 2 May 2020. This three-day face-to-face workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of contemporary approaches to assessment in the health professions, with a particular emphasis on competency-based assessment.

Eligible participants who successfully complete the assessed version of this short course will be granted course credit on admission to the Graduate Certificate of Health Professions Education at Monash University. Directors of the course include Prof. Catherine Green, Dr. Victor Lee, and Dr. Loretta Garvey.

Learn more and register for the course.

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.

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