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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2013

Upcoming in-person and online events for ophthalmic educators are included in this edition of ICO’s Ophthalmic Educators Letter. The next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be in Rio de Janeiro next month on August 6, 2013. We are also pleased to announce applications are being accepted for the fourth edition of the online “Web-Based Teaching Course,” which will begin this September.

In addition to upcoming events and courses, new resources for educators of all ophthalmic learners are included in each monthly newsletter.

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

Register Now: August 6, 2013 Rio de Janeiro Conference for Educators

The sixth Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is quickly approaching. Join us August 6, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro for a day of learning. Whether you are just starting out as a teacher or you have taught for a long time, you will learn new and helpful teaching tools and tips.

The interactive day of workshops, group discussion, and brief plenaries will include topics such as:

  • How to Write Effective Multiple Choice Questions
  • Developing Webinars
  • Teaching and Assessing Surgery
  • Curriculum Adaptation
  • Communication and Presentation Skill Development.

Special focus will be given to how to maximize team training and training of special interest groups, such as medical student education, resident education, subspecialty training, continuing professional development, and e-learning. Simultaneous translation will be available during all plenaries and select workshops in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.

The conference is being held prior to the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) and Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology (CBO) Joint Congress and is co-sponsored by the ICO, the PAAO, and the CBO.

See you in Rio!

Register now or learn more about the conference.

ICO Web-Based Teaching Course: Application Period Open Through August 15

The ICO is pleased to host our fourth Web-Based Teaching Course September 9–October 28, 2013. This course will give medical educators the skills needed to create professional presentations and to integrate modern multimedia teaching practices into their course work.

Lessons will cover the online application of adult learning principles, how to plan and build presentations, how to select and use the best software tools, and how to put these new skills and information into practice in the classroom and through the web.

All educators interested in developing or improving their e-learning teaching skills will benefit from the course. Enrollment is limited, and will be determined in part by the needs of the individual and region, as well as the level of impact that a particular educator may have.

If you have not participated in past editions, this is your chance. Please apply early, the application deadline is August 15.

Apply to the Course.

Download Course Information.

Abstract Deadline: WOC2014 Tokyo, Japan

Don't miss your chance to present at the leading international congress of ophthalmology, April 2–6, 2014. The abstract submission deadline for the World Ophthalmology Congress 2014 in Tokyo, Japan is approaching.

Submit your abstract by midnight, Tokyo Time, July 26, 2013!

Presentation types include: free papers, posters, videos, and instruction courses. There are just a few weeks before the July 26th deadline. Submit your abstract now for review by the WOC Scientific Program Committee.

Submit your abstract now.

ISQua Checklist for Development of New Health Care Accreditation Programs

Developed by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), this checklist is an adjustable tool to help governments, agencies, and groups develop new health care accreditation programs that meet international best practices and ensure the best outcomes.

Download the checklist now.

Association for Medical Education in Europe

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organization with members who include educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students in medicine and the healthcare professions.

AMEE organizes an annual conference and delivers courses in a diverse range of topics such as teaching, assessment, computer-enhanced learning, research, and leadership skills. AMEE produces the journal Medical Teacher, a series of education guides, occasional papers, and Best Evidence Medical Education guides.

Learn more about AMEE.

Journal of Vision

Published by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) the Journal of Vision is a free online, peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on all aspects of visual function in humans and other organisms.

Access the Journal of Vision.

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) is a behavior rating system for surgeons from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. NOTSS allows surgeons to give feedback to colleagues and trainees based on structured observations of non-technical aspects of performance in four categories of non-technical skills: Situation Awareness, Decision Making, Communication and Teamwork, and Leadership.

Request a copy of the handbook.

Recent Educator Blog Posts

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library reviews AMEE Guide No. 76 by Yvonne Steinert, “The ‘Problem’ Learner: Whose Problem Is It?”

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses PowerPoint zooming effects.

More New Resources Recommended by our Editorial Board

“Video CME” from Healio.com: New Insights and Novel Treatment Strategies for Vitreomacular Traction and Macular Hole

“Outcome-Based Education” Guide No. 14 from AMEE

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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