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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2012

The ICO’s Ophthalmic Educators Letter is a great asset for learning about useful tools and resources for ophthalmic educators, as well as news and upcoming events. With your help we can spread this news to many more educators.

Please forward this newsletter to colleagues and friends who may be interested in one of the educational tools below or who could benefit from attending a Conference for Ophthalmic Educators. They can also subscribe to receive the newsletter themselves and visit the Center for Ophthalmic Educators to see all the material that is just waiting to be put to be use.

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

Pre-Registration Opens for Second "Web-Based Teaching" Course

The second edition of the online course, "Web-Based Teaching: An Online Course for Medical Educators," will begin September 12. The course aims to help medical teachers improve and expand their ability to reach trainees online by learning how to incorporate the Web and modern teaching methods into their educational programs.

The course activities are supported by individualized interaction with a faculty of leading educators from the ICO, including Eduardo Mayorga, ICO Director for e-Learning; Karl Golnik, ICO Director for Education; Gabriela Palis, Editor in Chief of the ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators; Helena Filipe of the ICO Task Force for Technology for Teaching and Learning; Andrew Lee, Chair, ICO Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs.

The course spans seven modules, each one with an audiovisual presentation, reading resources and learning activities. Lessons will cover the online application of adult learning principles, how to plan and build courses, how to select and use the best software tools, and how to put these new skills and information into practice.

Enrollment is limited, and will be determined in part by the needs of the individual and region, as well as the individual’s ability to make an impact. Apply early. Pre-registration closes August 17.

Pre-register now

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Webcasts Available from Busan, Korea Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

Webcasts have been posted from the most recent Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Busan, Korea. The conference on "New Techniques to Enhance Teaching and Learning” covered a range of topics including evaluation of your program and faculty, interviewing skills, and team approach to eye care. We hope these webcasts encourage you to join us at a future Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

View presentations from the education conference

Eyexcel Workshop July 17-20, 2012, in Madurai, India

The upcoming Eyexcel Workshop is co-sponsored by the ICO, the Seva Foundation, and Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO). The Eyexcel Workshop provides an opportunity for eye care institutions to develop formal training programs for any audience.

Topics cover training-program design, administration, tools for sharing available resources, using technology in training, and sustainability issues. This four-day course will be held from July 17-20, 2012, at LAICO in Madurai, India.

Review the course brochure

Visit the course webpage

Save the Date: Hyderabad Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

The next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be held on January 16, 2013, in Hyderabad, India, prior to the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress. The fee for the one-day conference is 60 USD with a reduced fee available for financial hardship.

The conference is designed for all who are involved in ophthalmic teaching, including those engaged in continuing medical education or any other aspect of ophthalmic education. The conference is co-sponsored by the ICO, the APAO and the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS). 

If you are interested in attending, please save the date. For more information please write to educators@icoph.org.

Journal: Medical Education Online

Medical Education Online is a peer-reviewed international open-access journal, which disseminates information on the education and training of physicians and other health care professionals. It was launched in 1996 as the first ever freely available online journal in the field of medical education. 

Access the journal’s current issue and archives

Galería de Videos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología

Browse the video gallery of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s academic sessions, subspecialty videos, and the society’s video festivals.

Recorra la galería de videos de las sesiones académicas, vídeos de subespecialidades y festivales de vídeos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología.

Watch videos from the collection at the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s Gallery

Oculonco: An Ocular Oncology Guide for Practictioners

Developed by Dr. Bertil Damato, this atlas organizes adult tumors according to their location and color. The site was developed to assist practicing ophthalmologists with diagnoses and provides additional information on treatment and prognoses. 

Explore the Oculonco atlas

Lighthouse International Resources for Low Vision Professionals

Lighthouse International’s Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice helps clinicians understand low vision principles, enhances their knowledge of disease consequences, provides insight for addressing patient complaints, and can increase the effectiveness of treatment through low vision rehabilitation.

Lighthouse’s Flexible Vision Rehabilitation Assistant Training (Flex VRA)  is a unique online, mentored training course designed to prepare allied health professionals to assist vision rehabilitation professionals in the areas of vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility, and low vision care.

Read more about the Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice

Learn more about the online mentored course Flex VRA

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

This guide, The Assessment of Learning Outcomes: An Extended Summary of AMEE Medical Education Guide No 25, describes assessment approaches for each of the specific competencies expected of students or trainees. A critical examination of student-assessment practices should reflect the changing expectations in regard to the students’ learning outcomes. 

Download the guide

Technology for Teaching and Learning “More on Sharing Presentations Online”

This month Dr. Mayorga discusses using web-based Brainshark software that allows you to upload your PowerPoint presentations, add audio to them, edit online, customize the table of contents and more. Benefits of using Brainshark include the ease of sharing presentations and collaborating with others.

Learn more about Brainshark on the tech blog

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Evidence-Based Teaching: New Directions for Teaching and Learning

This month we recommend a book by Buskist and Groccia, Evidence-Based Teaching: New Directions for Teaching and Learning, which presents an overview of a variety of teaching systems and provides the evidence supporting their effectiveness, as well as strategies and good practices for implementation.

Read more on the education blog

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE

These resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE Network are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialist fellows.

Two Tales of Suprachoroidal Hemorrhage

Phaco Bloopers

Extreme Positive Pressure

Trapped Trailing Haptic During IOL Injection

Posterior Capsular Prolapse

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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