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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

October 2013

The World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlight a variety of educational techniques during the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress. The WOEC symposia are designed for a diverse audience from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

The WOEC symposia will be held April 2–5, 2014 during the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan. A workshop on “Lecture Skills: How to Create Engaging and Educational Presentations” will be offered in both English  and Japanese on Saturday April 5. Other topics include “Developing Successful Webinars” workshop, and “Teaching Ethics, Professionalism and Communication Skills.”

View the full list of the WOEC symposia and the full scientific program, by visiting the WOC2014 Scientific Program GridRegister now to join us during the WOC. We hope to see you at the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium during the WOC2014 in Tokyo!

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

New ICO Foundation Formative Assessment

The new online Foundation Assessment from the ICO Examinations team is designed for first-year ophthalmology residency trainees and those hoping to enter ophthalmology programs.

Accessible worldwide at all times, the online assessment emphasizes the basic and practical ophthalmology learned in the first year of training. Candidates can use books or search engines to answer 84 four-option questions based on statements or scenarios, many with pictures or videos. Up to 20 minutes are allowed per question, and results are received immediately upon completion. A confidence indicator method of scoring questions rewards those assured of their knowledge.

In addition to being a resource for learners, the ICO Foundation Assessment is an excellent introduction to the ICO educational programs and examinations, as it is both a learning and assessing experience. Additionally, those who successfully pass the ICO Basic Standard and Advanced Exams receive special consideration of their applications to ICO Fellowship opportunities.

Try the free demonstration Foundation Assessment online.

Learn more about ICO Examinations.

HeadNeckBrainSpine Website

HeadNeckBrainSpine is a website intended for those interested in neuro-radiology anatomy and learning from neuroradiology cases. The site includes anatomy modules, over 400 cases, and flashcard questions and answers targeted to residents.

Explore HeadNeckBrainSpine’s cases and anatomy modules.

Project Eyemovie: Motion Visualization of Eye Defects

This site from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) describes the Project Eyemovie: a simulation of various vision conditions, such as blurry vision, glare, ghosting, loss of contrast, retinal detachment, and hemianopia. The site offers an objective way to see the effects of various eye defects to the visual perception of a patient. The tool can be utilized to simulate before and after scenarios as they occur in situations like cataract and refractive laser surgery.

Visit CalTech to learn more about the simulation.

MedEdWorld Courses

MedEdWorld Courses offer information about a wide range of medical education courses and workshops, both face-to-face and at a distance. PhD-level and Health Professions Education (HPE) courses are now being added.

See upcoming courses posted at MedEdWorld.

Dr. Sam Tapsell Eye Videos Blog

This blog by Dr. Sam Tapsell provides short videos on different topics for teaching medical students and residents how to use the Amsler grid, and how to assess and register visual fields, among other neuro-ophthalmological tests.

Visit the video blog.

Recent Educator Blog Posts

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library reviews AMEE Guide no. 83 by Taylor and Hamdy, “Adult Learning Theories: Implications for Learning and Teaching in Medical Education.” Read more about the AMEE Guide on the blog.

Technology for Teaching and Learning discusses using multiple chat boxes for fast interactivity during webinars or face-to-face lectures. Learn more about the strategy on the blog.

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

These resources from the AAO’s ONE Network are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

Lensectomy and Anterior Vitrectomy.

Comparison of Teen and Infant Capsulorhexis.

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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