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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

September 2012

The Center for Ophthalmic Educators’ selection of information and tools for educators continues to grow with this month’s additions. 

In order to expand our offerings in languages other than English, the ICO is looking for volunteers to translate materials such as the ICO-OSCARS as well as other ICO curricula, handbooks, and guidelines.

Please let us know if you are interested in helping us with this effort by emailing educators@icoph.org.

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

Announcing the Ophthalmology Webinar Network

The Ophthalmology Webinar Network is a source for the sharing of live lectures and archives of lectures from residency programs around the world. The Network is the result of combined efforts of supranational, regional, and national ophthalmic societies, as well as of individual hospitals and eye centers. It is coordinated by the ICO's Director for E-Learning, Eduardo Mayorga.

The hope is to maximize existing resources and expand educators' access to them. If you belong to an institution that runs webinars, please let us know if you would like to list them in the Network.

If you belong to an institution that trains residents and would like to start sharing your lectures, but need help to do so, please also contact us at educators@icoph.org.

Access the new Webinar Network

Upcoming Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators

Registration has opened for the Hyderabad, India Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on January 16, 2013. We also have scheduled Conferences prior to the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 7, 2013, and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 6, 2013.

Co-sponsored with the supranational and local societies, these one-day conferences feature workshops and special interest group discussions, based on registrants’ interests. The conferences aim to help educators improve their teaching effectiveness, while also providing an opportunity to make connections with other ophthalmic educators in their region.

We hope you will be able to join us. Bookmark the event pages below to keep updated on important dates and developments:

Register now or learn more about the Hyderabad Conference

Learn more about the Copenhagen Conference

Learn more about the Rio de Janeiro Conference

New ICO-OSCAR for Strabismus Surgery

We are excited to announce a new ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for strabismus surgery published in the Journal of AAPOS last month.

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence. Evaluators use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure. It also gives learners a tool to better gauge their own effectiveness.

View the Strabismus Rubric

Read the full JAAPOS paper

Problem-Based Learning

The guide Problem-Based Learning: An Extended Summary of AMEE Medical Education Guide No 15, by M. H. Davis and R. M. Harden, provides an understanding of the principles behind problem-based learning (PBL) and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of this method of teaching. Situations and teaching curricula that benefit from being taught in a PBL style are presented as well as an explanation of how to assess students using the PBL strategy. 

Read about problem-based learning

Video Atlas of Ophthalmology

The Video Atlas of Ophthalmology is a collection of videos on a variety topics, coordinated by Dr. Ranjit S. Dhaliwal.

View the Atlas

Causes of Color Online Exhibit

The vision section of the online exhibit, Causes of Color, curated by Michael Douma of webexhibits.org, includes two excellent teaching resources. The Tests for Color Vision Deficiency  provides test examples and an accessible explanation of color-vision testing. The Vision Simulator  offers multiple images and filters for various types of color blindness as well as for cataracts.

See the Tests for Color Vision Deficiency

Try the Vision Simulator

Ophthalmology Articles from Medscape Reference

The Ophthalmology Article section from Medscape Reference is a free online resource for specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals. The articles are categorized into sections according to the anatomy of the eye. Contained within each section is a list of disorders and diseases affecting that part of the eye with related information presented in a clear and concise manner.

Explore the Ophthalmology Articles at Medscape

Introduction to Rubrics

The book, Introduction to Rubrics: An Assessment Tool to Save Grading Time, Convey Effective Feedback and Promote Student Learning, by Dannelle D. Stevens and Antonia J. Levi, covers the essentials of this valuable assessment tool. It also includes a road map to improve educators’ skills in building good rubrics, implementing them in the learning environment, and collaboratively enhancing success in the learning-teaching process.

Learn more about rubrics

Simple Model for Teaching Indirect Ophthalmoscopy

Published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO), the article, A simple model for teaching indirect ophthalmoscopy, by S. Lewallen, describes a simple means of creating a practice simulator for indirect ophthalmoscopy using a marble, styrofoam, and newsprint.

Read the extract or purchase the article at BJO

Technology for Teaching and Learning “Get the Big Picture with Prezi”

This month Dr. Mayorga discusses using a presentation tool, Prezi, for more flexible and dynamic presentations. Unique features allow Prezi presentations to show the big picture, as well as smaller details and their relation to the whole.

Learn more about Prezi on the tech blog

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Competency-Based Curriculum

This month we recommend an article that outlines the steps and describes aspects to consider when adopting or developing a competency-based curriculum for residents.

Read more on the education blog

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.

iStent and the Advent of Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery

Antiseptics vs. Antibiotics for Intravitreal Injections

How the CIGTS Has Influenced My Practice

Neovascular Glaucoma

Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study: 10-Year Data

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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