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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

February 2020

Congratulations to the ICO Examinations Team on their 25th year of offering ICO Examinations. Since 1995, more than 40,000 candidates have taken the ICO Examinations. In 2019, there were just over 8,300 ICO Examinations taken in 137 test centers in 84 countries. We look forward to more years of ICO Exams excellence!

Continue reading for the ICO’s Top Ten Educational Resources from 2019, details on the ICO Education, Examinations, and Fellowships Symposium at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2020 (WOC2020) in South Africa, and a free World Glaucoma Week 2020 Webinar.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Andreas Lauer, David Newsham, and Jaime Soria-Viteri 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, Examinations, and Fellowships Symposium at WOC2020

We invite all of our colleagues, but especially our young ophthalmologists, to attend the WOC2020 Education, Examinations, and Fellowships Symposium. This symposium will include a demonstration of the ICO Examinations app, an interactive session on the online ICO Foundation Assessment, information on ICO Fellowships and how to apply, an overview of ICO e-learning offerings, free educational resources, and more opportunities for teaching the teachers with ICO.

The symposium will be held on Saturday, 27 June from 10:30–12:00 in Room 2.61.

Register for WOC2020.

Top 10 ICO Educational Resources from 2019

Access the top resources from 2019:

  1. ICO OSCAR for PHACO (PDF)
  2. ICO Curricula
  3. ICO CBM Phaco Surgeon Training Curriculum
  4. ICO OSCARs
  5. ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum
  6. How to Deliver a World Class Presentation
  7. ICO 360° Assessment Tool
  8. University of Edinburgh Online Masters Courses
  9. Common Eye Problems in Primary Care
  10. ICO Three Month Fellowships

Webinar: World Glaucoma Week 2020

Join the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology World Glaucoma Week 2020 Webinar on the topic Glaucoma: Current Treatment Algorithm. This free, Spanish-language webinar, supported by the ICO, will be held on 11 March at 8:00 pm Colombia Standard Time (Bogotá). The webinar is co-sponsored by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Committee. By participating in this webinar, you can count on the concepts and updated scientific evidence that will allow you to:

  • Correctly apply the treatment algorithms according to the type of glaucoma and individually for each patient.
  • Select the surgical procedure more appropriate for the individual patient, according to the patient's characteristics and the current evidence on benefits, risks, and efficacy.

Webinar faculty includes: Dr. Ana María Vásquez (Ecuador), Dr. Daniel Grigera (Argentina), Dr. Luis Vázquez (USA), Dr. Juan Batlle (Dominican Republic), Dr. David Solá-Del Valle (USA), Dr. Javier Casiraghi (Argentina), and Dr. Fabián Lerner. (Argentina).

Register for the webinar.

Please Reply: ICO Online User Survey

The ICO Teaching the Teacher’s Initiative, along with Orbis, are surveying the users of the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators to learn how you use the ICO’s Online Resources. This survey covers the ICO’s online courses for Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking and Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions, ICO Clinical Courses, webinars, and the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators website.

Share your feedback on the ICO’s online offerings.

Submit Curricula and Assessment Resources for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum

This month, the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Development Committee is adding resources for curriculum development and assessment principles, methods, and tools to the existing ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Outline in order to complete the curriculum.

Please submit any resources that you use or find useful in your work training teachers in ophthalmology for these topics using the form linked below. Resources should relate directly to 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.

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: Teaching Through Social Media

This month we recommend the Annals of Eye Science article, “Teaching Through Social Media,” by Drs. Helena Prior Filipe and Heather Gwen Mack.

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.

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