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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

September 2013

This issue, we are excited to present below new Spanish and Vietnamese translations of the ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for Strabismus.

We thank volunteer translators Professor Quy Vuong of the Vietnamese National Institute of Ophthalmology and Dr. María Belén Yadarola of the Centro Privado de Ojos Romagosa-Fundación Ver, Argentina, for their efforts to make the ICO-OSCARs more accessible.

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

Apply Now: New ICO Webinar Workshop

Do not miss out on the ICO’s newest online course, “Webinar Workshop: How to Broadcast Lectures and Live Courses Online.” Participants will be provided the inspiration, tools, knowledge, and skills that will allow them to expand the scope of their teaching activities beyond the limits of the face-to-face classroom, and teach them to organize Webinars.

The six-week workshop is led by ICO Director for E-Learning, Eduardo Mayorga, MD. It will feature phases of independent activities and coordinated live activities, as well as interactivity with other educators and course tutors. After the workshop, participants will have attained the knowledge and abilities to make their online and face-to-face lectures much more effective for learners.

The workshop begins October 21, and the application deadline is September 30. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the course. 

We recommend applying early. As with our popular Web-Based Teaching Course, space is limited and enrollment 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.

Apply now to the workshop.

Download additional information.

ICO-OSCAR Strabismus in Spanish and Vietnamese

The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Strabismus has been translated into Spanish and Vietnamese.

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.

ICO-OSCAR Strabismus in Spanish.

ICO-OSCAR Strabismus in Vietnamese.

Read about the rubric for strabismus in the Journal of AAPOS.

See all available ICO-OSCARs and translations.

International Clinical Guidelines in Vietnamese

The ICO’s International Clinical Guidelines were prepared by the ICO Clinical Guidelines Committee to serve a supportive and educational role for ophthalmologists worldwide, and are intended to improve the quality of eye care for patients.

Seventeen of the 24 guidelines are available in Vietnamese, thanks to translation by Professor Quy Vuong.

The guidelines are intended to be easy to read and to translate. All societies and others are encouraged to adapt, change, and edit them as needed.

Download the guidelines in Vietnamese.

View all available guidelines and translations.

RANZCO Accreditation of Educational Providers

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) offers accreditation of educational activities that comply with the best practices of continuing professional development (CPD). This document outlines the criteria on which educational activities will be evaluated. Application forms can be downloaded from the CPD Section of the RANZCO website.

Societies, educators, and individuals can use these documents as examples for your own CPD programs or activities in development.

View the criteria for recognition of educational activities.

Visit the CPD portal on the RANZCO website.

IOVS Journal

Available to access online, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS) is a journal of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). The journal includes “original contributions that emphasize clinical and laboratory hypothesis-based research with statistically good results that clearly advance the fields of ophthalmic and vision research.”

Access the journal now.

IJCAHPO Accreditation Guidelines for Ophthalmic Personnel Training Programs

The International Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for Ophthalmic Medical Personnel Education and Training Programs from the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) is a resource for accreditation of allied health training programs. Standards, Guidelines, and Curriculum are included for ophthalmic assisting, refractionists, ophthalmic technicians, and ophthalmic medical technologists. If you are considering accrediting training programs, this may be a good model to follow.

Access the accreditation guidelines.

Medscape Activity on Anti-VEGF Therapy for Macular Edema

This accredited activity from Medscape Education is intended to improve physician knowledge on available anti-VEGF therapies in macular edema secondary to diabetes and retinal vein occlusion. A free Medscape user account is required to complete the activity.

Review the material on Medscape.

Recent Educator Blog Posts

Technology for Teaching and Learning discusses getting audience input using SMS messages.

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library reviews “Teaching Professionalism in Medical Education” by Birden et al.

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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