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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

October 2012

We are excited to present two new ICO resources for resident training: the newly updated ICO Residency Curriculum and the new ICO-OSCAR for lateral tarsal strip surgery.

Two recently published papers describe how the ICO supports ophthalmic educators with a rich variety of programs developed in collaboration with ophthalmologic partners and the dedication of many volunteers.

I hope this month's new resources, and our increasing selection in the Center for Ophthalmic Educators, are found beneficial and useful in your teaching practice.

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

New Updated ICO Residency Curriculum

The ICO has completed a newly updated Residency Curriculum offering an international consensus on what residents in ophthalmology should be taught at each level of training. While the ICO Residency Curriculum provides a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training, it has also been designed to be revised and modified, with the precise local detail for implementation left to the region’s educators.

The ICO gratefully acknowledges the efforts of Andrew G. Lee, MD, for chairing this undertaking; the chairs and members of the sixteen international committees for their key contributions to this work; and the reviewers for their expertise. We also wish to recognize the original 2006 International Task Force on Resident and Specialist Education in Ophthalmology.

The Curriculum is available for download in MS Word, PDF, and Google Document formats.

Feedback for future revisions is also welcome at icocurriculum.blogspot.com

Recently Published Papers Highlight ICO Education Programs

Two recently published papers feature the ICO’s programs to enhance ophthalmic education.  

“The International Council of Ophthalmology: Vision for Ophthalmic Education in an Interdependent World” was published in the October edition of the American Journal of Ophthalmology (AJO).

“International Council of Ophthalmology: Refocusing Ophthalmic Education in the Asia-Pacific Region and Beyond” was published in the September/October 2012 edition of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology (APJO).

Read the AJO article on the “Vision for Ophthalmic Education”

Read the APJO article on “Refocusing Ophthalmic Education in the Asia-Pacific Region”

New ICO-OSCAR for Lateral Tarsal Strip Surgery

A new ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for lateral tarsal strip surgery was published in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 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 Rubric

Read the full journal article

See all available ICO-OSCARs

Join us at the ICO WORLD Meeting, November 10

If you will be attending the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, we invite you to join us at our ninth ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) from 12:00 to 13:50 on Saturday, November 10 in Rooms 10B and 10C at the Hyatt McCormick Conference Center. A light lunch will be served prior to the meeting at 11:30.

WORLD will feature three stimulating speakers, and we want to engage you and other society leaders and educators in a discussion of how we can all work together more effectively to enhance ophthalmic education and eye care around the world.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP for this event

View the agenda for more information on the speakers

CME Credits for Allied Eye Care Personnel

Criteria and Application for Continuing Education Providers for ophthalmic assistants, technicians, medical  technologists, and surgical assistants can be found in this document from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Guidelines for providing continuing education credits to participants of courses for ophthalmic photographers and optical coherence tomography can be found through the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society.

The American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO) Continuing Education Credits Criteria can be found in this document.

ASCRS/ASOA 2012 Annual Meeting Sessions Online

Sessions, videos, and posters are available online from the 2012 Annual Symposium and Congress of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators (ASOA). Over 1,300 educational sessions are offered including Cornea Day, Glaucoma Day, and Practice Revenue Optimization and Business Efficiency (PROBE).

Access is free for members who attended the meeting. The fee for members who did not attend is 199 USD. Nonmembers can join ASCRS to receive member discount or purchase individual sessions.

Browse available ASCRS/ASOA 2012 Meeting Sessions

OCEX en Español

El Ejercicio de Evaluación en Clínica Oftálmica (OCEX) permite evaluar un encuentro observado entre un residente y un paciente para dar al residente feedback formativo inmediato.

Descargue el documento haciendo clic aquí

See the OCEX in English and Chinese

Medscape Activity on Glaucoma Surgical Techniques

This accredited activity from Medscape Education reviews the latest advances in the use of surgery for treating patients with glaucoma. The Evolution of Glaucoma Surgical Techniques explains the progress of techniques and approaches to glaucoma surgery and synthesizes which type of glaucoma surgery would be most appropriate to achieve the best therapeutic results in a particular patient.

Review the material on Medscape

Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology Podcasts

Each Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology (JNO) Podcast features an interview with the author of a key article or award-winning paper published in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology.

Listen to the podcasts

Systemic Diseases and The Eye

From the site "Success in MRCOphth," this section of the website aims to enhance MRCOphth candidates' knowledge of systemic diseases and the eyes through picture quizzes. Divided into four sections, it is a resource that teachers can easily use in both formal and informal settings to aid in the teaching or assessing of students.

Visit Success in MRCOphth’s Systemic Diseases and The Eye

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Emotion in Learning and Transfer of Skills and Knowledge

Medical school and residency are emotional experiences for trainees. Meghan M. McConnell and Kevin W. Eva in "The Role of Emotion in the Learning and Transfer of Clinical Skills and Knowledge,” present a review of the literature on the influence of emotion on cognition; how students learn complex skills and knowledge; and how students transfer what they have learned to new scenarios.

Read more about the findings on the education blog

Technology for Teaching and Learning “Learning by Playing”

Dr. Filipe introduces Quizlet, a free learning tool allowing users to acquire information from sets of flash cards that present a broad range of subjects, including ophthalmology.

Learn more about Quizlet on the tech 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.

Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty: Tips for the Transitioning Surgeon

Charles L. Schepens’ Lecture: Is Double Peeling Necessary in Surgery for Macular Pucker?

Perioperative Antibiotics: Looking for a Consensus Amid the Chaos

We Can Predict Ectasia and Prevent It

How to Diagnose Nystagmus in Children

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.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

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