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Ophthalmic Educators Letter

March 2012

We are excited to announce a new International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO ) online course on Web-Based Teaching, beginning May 30!  You may also download the flyer as a PDF. 

This course will help educators improve and expand their abilities to reach trainees through online teaching. The lessons will cover theory and tools for online teaching, with instruction on how to put these new skills and information into practice.  For educators who are interested in or developing e-learning teaching activities, please find more details in the course announcement below.

Many of you were busy this last month at the World Ophthalmology Congress and other conferences. With this in mind, we are extending the review period for the draft Residency Curriculum 2011 until April 1, 2012.  Please take a look at a section of your interest, and record your comments in the curriculum blog

Input from educators globally will help ensure the Residency Curriculum is relevant and adaptable worldwide. The curriculum will be finalized soon, and we would love to hear your thoughts. 

The third Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be held in Busan, Korea on April 12, 2012. If you plan to attend the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Busan, we encourage you to register for this free conference at www.icoph.org/rsvp/Busan.

I hope you enjoy this month's new resources below and also visit the Center to explore our expanding collection of information and tools for teachers.

Gabriela Palis, MD
Editor in Chief, Center for Ophthalmic Educators

New Web-Based Teaching Course for Medical Educators, May 30-July 18, 2012
Online Course

This online course aims to help teachers learn how to use the Web effectively as part of their educational programs. 

The course is structured with seven modules, each one with an audiovisual presentation, reading resources and learning activities. Lessons will cover the online application of adult learning principles, planning and building courses, useful tools, and how to put these new skills and information into practice.

We look forward to helping you improve and expand your ability to reach your trainees through online teaching.

Apply early. For preregistration or more information write to: educators@icoph.org

See complete information at: www.icoph.org/Online-Course.html

Conference for Educators in Busan, Korea: Registration Open
Education Conference

Will we see you in Busan on April 12?  If you plan to attend the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Busan, Korea, we encourage you to also attend the third Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, April 12, 2012.  Please register at www.icoph.org/rsvp/Busan.

"New Techniques to Enhance Teaching & Learning" is the focus of the one-day Conference. Short lectures and interactive workshops will highlight assessment principles and tools and offer opportunities for hands-on experience. Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Registration is free and we hope to see you there!

RSVP and view the agenda: www.icoph.org/rsvp/Busan

Comments for Residency Curriculum Draft Ending 1 April, 2012
Curricula Development

The feedback of fellow educators on the draft ICO Residency Curriculum 2011 is important to us. Please take a few minutes to review a section or two that appeals to you and provide comments. Your contributions will help ensure the quality and global relevance of this important document.

To view and add your comment: icocurriculum.blogspot.com

WHO Surgical Safety List for Cataract Surgery
How to Teach

The WHO Surgical Safety List for Cataract Surgery is a tool developed to improve the safety of surgery by reducing complications. Ophthalmologists are encouraged to use the checklist for every surgical case. This resource was kindly provided by Dr. Simon P. Kelly (Bolton, UK)

View guidance and download the checklist: www.nrls.npsa.nhs.uk/resources/?EntryId45=74132

New Assessment Resources for All Learners
What to Assess With

The UK General Medical Council (GMC) draft patient questionnaire  can be used by practicing ophthalmologists in developing a personal learning plan for CPD. Residents or subspecialty fellows can also use it as part of a 360º evaluation.

Developed at Yale School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Case Studies is an online course adapting the content according to the user’s educational or professional status, ranging from medical student to ophthalmologist. Questions are based on a case history, and as the user advances through the course, additional history is provided with further questions. A glossary of pathology is also accessible throughout the course.

Find success in MRCOphth using this website that provides details of past Duke-Elder exams taken by medical students who are interested in a career in ophthalmology. The exam is held once a year. This site provides multiple choice questions that have been asked in previous Duke-Elder exams. Although answers are not provided, you can have your students test their knowledge and look for answers in their textbooks.

Download the GMC draft patient questionnaire: www.gmc-uk.org/Draft_GMC_Patient_Questionnaire.pdf_28195071.pdf

Ophthalmology Case Studies: oscar.med.yale.edu/medicaleducation/ophthalmology/sign_in.asp

Past Duke-Elder Examinations for study: mrcophth.com/Duke-elderexamination/dukeelderexamination.html

Training Allied Eye Care Personnel
What to Teach

Read this excellent article for trainers of allied eye care personnel: “Training to meet the need for refractive error services.” By Faal H, Qureshi MB, in the International Centre for Eye Health Community Eye Health Journal published September 2007.

Read the article: cehjournal.org/0953-6833/20/jceh_20_63_048.html

For Ophthalmologists: EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology
What to Teach With

University of Iowa’s EyeRounds is a comprehensive photographic atlas covering ophthalmic subspecialties. A wide range of clinical situations are illustrated and carefully organized by chapter. Pictures are presented with diagnosis and a short description. The material belongs to the contributing authors and further collaboration is encouraged.

Start exploring EyeRounds: webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/eyeforum/search-Atlas.htm

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library “Health Professionals for a New Century”

This month we recommend the Lancet article, "Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World" by Frenk, et al. and the Commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century.

Read more on the Education Blog: icoword-library.ophthalmologyblogs.org/2012/03/06/health-professionals-for-a-new-century-transforming-education-to-strengthen-health-systems-in-an-interdependent-world/

Technology for Teaching and Learning “Foxit Reader – The Easy Companion to Manage PDF Documents”

This month, Dr. Anthony Vipin discusses the benefits of using Foxit Reader to annotate PDF files and for use in Journal Club PowerPoint Presentations. A compelling reason to use Foxit is that the majority of the best functions are available in the FREE version of the software—examples are provided by Dr. Vipin.

Read more about Foxit on the Technology Blog: icotechnology.blogspot.com/2012/03/foxit-reader-easy-companion-to-manage.html

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.

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