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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

August 2012

We are excited to be able to present Chinese translations of the Ophthalmic Clinical Evaluation Exercise (OCEX) checklist and ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) this month. Also of note, a new ICO-OSCAR for Strabismus Surgery is in press to be published shortly in the Journal of AAPOS. Look for it in a future Letter.

Assessment tools like these help learners identify areas of improvement while also aiding evaluation of your own effectiveness as an instructor.  

How do you use tools such as the OCEX or ICO-OSCAR?  The ICO would be thrilled to hear about the ways you utilize these tools for assessment. Please email us at educators@icoph.org if you would like to share your experiences with us.

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

Registration Open for Hyderabad Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

We are pleased to announce registration is now open for the Hyderabad Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, which will be held on  January 16, 2013. The fee for the one-day conference is 60 USD with a reduced rate for financial hardship of 20 USD available.

The Conference is organized and co-sponsored by the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS), and the Southasian Academy of Ophthalmology (SAO).

The Hyderabad Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will feature workshops and special interest group discussions, based on registrants’ interests. The conference aims to help educators improve their teaching effectiveness, while also providing an opportunity to make connections with other ophthalmic educators in the Asia-Pacific region.

Register now or learn more

View the preliminary agenda

Chinese Translations of OCEX and ICO-OSCARs Available

In preparation for our next Program Directors Course in Nanjing, China, Chinese language translations of the Ophthalmic Clinical Evaluation Exercise (OCEX) checklist and ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) are now available in the Center.

The OCEX checklist, for use during observed resident-patient interactions, can be used to assess a resident's patient care skills, medical knowledge, and interpersonal skills.

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence in surgery. This allows evaluators to use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure.

Resources available in Chinese are:

OCEX Checklist

ICO-OSCAR: Extracapsular Cataract Extraction

ICO-OSCAR: Phacoemulsification

ICO-OSCAR: Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS)

See all available ICO-OSCARs

Build a Low-Cost Pipe Retinoscope Training Device

Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO), the article A device to aid the teaching of retinoscopy in low-resource countries, by L. Donovan provides a detailed description of how to build a low cost polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic pipe retinoscope training device. This retinoscope allows the ophthalmologist to practice neutralizing different sphere and cylinder, as well as with/without simulated cataract.

Read the extract or purchase the article at BJO

Vision Simulations

The Vision Simulations website offers a variety of vision conditions for simulation, including blurry vision, glare, ghosting, loss of contrast, retinal detachment, and hemianopia. Various animations, image sets, diseases, case studies, and videos are also available.

Try a simulation at VisionSimulations.com

Constructing Written Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences

This extensive guide, intended for faculty members and others who are interested in how to write higher quality test questions, was created by the US National Board of Medical Examiners.

The resource is available in English, Spanish, and a draft-translation into Russian.

Download “Constructing Written Test Questions for the Basic and Clinical Sciences”

Download “Cómo elaborar preguntas para evaluaciones escritas en el área de ciencias básicas y clínicas


The Merck Manual: Eye Disorders

The Merck Manuals are a series of health care books for medical professionals and consumers. As a service to the community, the content of the manuals are now available in enhanced online versions. The online edition contains additional photographs, audio, and video material.

Access the Eye Disorders Manual

Atlas RL-eye

The Atlas RL-eye is a website created by the Centro Cirúrgico de Coimbra to share clinical cases in ophthalmology. It is accessible for learners and those who want to contribute clinical cases to the website.

The site already has a rich collection of surgical videos, clinical pictures, and clinical scenarios mainly dedicated to vitreous-retina pathology. The authors hope to make the site available in Portuguese and Spanish.

Explore Atlas RL-eye

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: The Maastricht Clinical Teaching Questionnaire

This month we recommend an article which presents the Maastricht Clinical Teaching Questionnaire (MCTQ) as a valid and reliable instrument to assess clinical teachers’ performance at the workplace. The authors also offer a teaching model which links together several methods of clinical teaching.

Read more on the education blog

Technology for Teaching and Learning “Keeping Track of Your Reading List”

This month, Dr. Rafsan Halim discusses utilizing an online service, “Pocket,” to easily store and access your “read it later” reading list.

Read more about using “Pocket” for your reading list

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE Network

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

Conjunctival Graft for Tube Erosion

Malyugin CTR for Traumatic Zonular Dialysis

Reconstruction Following Blunt Trauma

Piggyback ICL Implantation in a Nanophthalmic Eye

Retiree with Chronic Redness in Both Eyes

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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