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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

May 2020

This month, we share resources for creating effective and interesting presentations in preparation for the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress, WOC2020 Virtual®. We also include information regarding the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) sessions and other Ophthalmic Education opportunities at this year’s WOC2020 Virtual®.

View the WOC2020 Virtual® program and register.

We are grateful to our editors Drs. Bhatnagar, Filipe, Lauer, Mayorga, 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

Resources for Preparing Excellent Presentations

The ICO Education and Resources for Teaching the Teachers Initiative highlights these resources for preparing effective, interesting presentations for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2020. The material linked below is available for you at the Center for Ophthalmic Educators, the ICO website for faculty development. Hundreds of additional resources are also available on the Center, developed or collated to increase teaching and learning effectiveness and enhance ophthalmic education around the world. Video:



Explore additional resources on the Center.

WOEC Sessions for Educators at WOC2020 Virtual®

As part of the seventh World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium, the ICO Education Program organized four symposia and courses at this year’s WOC2020 Virtual®. The WOEC is designed to attract attendees of different interests and spotlight various aspects of ophthalmic education.

WOEC sessions include:

Educational Strategies in Lifelong Learning in Africa

  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Good Practices (Helena Filipe, Portugal)
  • Starting a Structured Continuing Professional Development System (Ciku Mathenge, Kenya)
  • The Good Continuing Professional Development Educator (Heather Mack, Australia)
  • Submitting an Educational Project in Continuing Professional Development with Success (Amelia Buque, Mozambique)
  • An Overview of Eye Care Delivery in Angola - a Needs Assessment and Educational Approaches (Luisa Paiva and Alda Rola, Angola)
  • The Congolese Society of Ophthalmology (CSO) CPD Program: Simulation Based Training in Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) (Nadine Lusambo Nsiangani and Ngoy Kilangalanga, The Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • Organizational Leadership in Continuing Professional Development (TBA)

Surgical Training: Best Practices

  • Simulation Based Ophthalmic Surgery Training I. Experience With High Tech (George Saleh, UK)
  • Simulation Based Ophthalmic Surgery Training II. Beyond Simulators (Mathys Labuschagne, South Africa)
  • Learning From the Best Any Time Any Place: Virtual Mentoring in Ophthalmic Surgery (Catherine Green, Australia)
  • A Phone App for the ICO OSCARs (Eduardo Mayorga, Argentina)
  • ICO-CBM Curriculum for Phaco (Jason Penniecook)
  • Behavioral Approach to Surgical Training (Marko Hawlina, Slovenia)

Improving Teaching Faculty

  • Rationale and Principles of Faculty Evaluation (Ana Gabriela Palis, Argentina)
  • Evaluation of Lectures (Eduardo Mayorga, Argentina)
  • Evaluation of Clinical Teaching (Meenakshi Swaminathan, India)
  • Evaluation of Surgical Teaching (TBA)
  • How to Give Feedback to Faculty (Karl Golnik, USA)

Surgical Training: Best Practices (in French)

  • What is Excellent Surgical Training - Brainstorming Session
  • Principles of Surgical Teaching (Peter Quiros, USA)
  • Wet Lab Essentials (Alexis Muhindo Kahatane, Congo)
  • Methods of Assessment (Ilhem Mili Boussen, Tunisia)
  • How to Give Feedback in Surgical Training (Christelle Domngang Noche, Cameroon)

Access to WOEC sessions is included in your WOC2020 Virtual® registration. Access to sessions begins on 26 June 2020 and will be available for 3 months. CME credits are also available. This is especially valuable for residents, whose registration fee is set at $85 (USD).

Funding for this World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

Learn more about the WOEC at WOC2020 Virtual®.

Additional Ophthalmic Education Sessions at WOC2020 Virtual®

In addition to the WOEC program, the WOC2020 Virtual® will also feature several additional ophthalmic education sessions.

  • European Board of Ophthalmology - Perspective 2020
  • ICO Exams, Fellowships, and Education Symposium
  • Training: Best Practices to Develop Your Eye Care Team (International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology session)
  • YO's in an African and Global World (European Society of Ophthalmology session)
  • Lecture Skills: Improving the Effectiveness of Teaching to Large Groups (Argentinian Council of Ophthalmology session)
  • Tips & Tricks in Ophthalmology: How to… (Palestinian Ophthalmological Society session)
  • Topics on Ophthalmic Education (free paper session)
  • Register for WOC2020 Virtual®.

    Learn more about ophthalmic education sessions at WOC2020 Virtual®.

Submit Education Resources for ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Development Committee is in its final push for collecting resources to add to the existing ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Outline.

Using the form linked below, please submit resources related to the topics team training, certification and accreditation, and continuing medical education/continuing professional development that you find useful in your work training teachers in ophthalmology.

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.

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: Clinical Evaluation Exercises

This month, we recommend the Annals of Eye Science article, “Clinical Evaluation Exercises and Direct Observation of Surgical Skills in Ophthalmology,” by Dr. Karl Golnik.

Access the article.

ICO Teaching and Learning Blog: Cataract and Refractive Surgery 360

This post from the ICO Teaching and Learning Blog will be helpful for ophthalmologists, residents, and resident trainers. The blog post recommends the short course,“Cataract & Refractive 360,” at the Healio website.

Access the blog post.

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