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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

December 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, we extend our best wishes for the season. Thank you for your work to improve your teaching and ophthalmic education around the world. Our appreciation as well to our excellent Editorial Board members, who provide us with the many resources we present each month here and in the Center. We hope you and your family will have a peaceful and prosperous new year.

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

ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care

New ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care are now available. Following extensive review of diabetic eye care guidelines used around the world, the ICO Task Force on Diabetic Eye Care has developed this comprehensive technical consensus.

The ICO Guidelines offer recommendations for screening, assessment, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Intended to support the needs of a variety of regions, the ICO Guidelines are stratified in three levels to respond to settings with high, medium, or low available resources.

The ICO Guidelines are also a resource for medical educators, as emphasizing diabetic eye care in teaching materials for residents, medical students, and other learners is critical in efforts to improve the quality of eye care for patients.

The ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care demonstrate the need for ophthalmologists to work with diabetologists, primary care providers, and others in the context of available clinical equipment, trained personnel, and resources. The ICO Guidelines are designed to be a working document, and comments are welcome at info@icoph.org.

Download the Guidelines now.

Review international guidelines for screening, assessing, and treating diabetic eye disease.

New ICO Subspecialty Curricula Available for Comment

The ICO is developing subspecialty curricula to offer an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught. Led by Chair Andrew Lee, MD, international volunteer experts formed committees tasked to define curricula for four ophthalmic subspecialties. The final ICO curricula are intended to be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs.

The first two curricula are now available online for review and comment: Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery and Neuro-Ophthalmology. Glaucoma and Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery are expected to be available in early 2014.

The curricula have been presented to facilitate easy review and submission of feedback. Please visit the new ICO Subspecialty Curricula and provide your feeback in the comments area at the conclusion of each curriculum. Review and comments regarding the accuracy, adaptability, and regional relevance of the curricula are important to their success, and the ICO appreciates your input.

Review and comment on the draft Subspecialty Curricula now.

WOEC Workshops: Presenting on the Web and Evaluating Your Program

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques during the World Ophthalmology Congress® in Tokyo, Japan, April 2–6, 2014. The WOEC symposia are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

As part of the WOEC, the workshop “Presenting on the Web: How to Develop Successful Webinars” will be held Friday, April 4 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502. The goal of this workshop is to encourage participants to begin leading webinars through their organizations with the help of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

During the workshop, participants will practice using webinar software controls to experience the role of a participant, a presenter, and a webinar coordinator. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop computer, and may be asked to work in small groups to ensure everyone has laptop access.

The “Evaluating Your Program and Faculty” workshop on Friday, April 4 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502, will stress the importance of program and faculty evaluation to facilitate program improvement. Best practices of evaluation, and application of evaluation results, will be highlighted. Sample tools for evaluation will be provided.

The goal of the workshop is to provide a framework and best practices for program and faculty evaluation. At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to list important facets of program evaluation, faculty evaluation, and describe how to improve both the program and faculty by using evaluation results.

Review the WOEC Session Schedule

Register for World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan

eBooks from Academic Medicine

The journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Academic Medicine, presents a collection of eBooks on medical education. Texts available are: Professionalism in Medicine and Medical Education: Foundational Research and Key Writings, 1994–2010; Flexner Centenary; and Ten Years of Teaching and Learning Moments. Some of the eBooks are free to download, and each is compatible with all eReaders, including the Kindle and the iPad.

Access the eBooks now.

Mackool Online: Cataract Videos

Presented by Dr. Richard Mackool, each issue of Mackool Online offers collected videos of cataract surgery cases. The videos are offered largely unedited. Each issue includes a routine procedure, an advanced surgical case, and a case highlighting a recently developed technique or technology.

Visit the website now.

AETC Technologies for Training Resources

The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) conduct targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating persons living with HIV/AIDS.

The AETC E-Learn Committee page of the AETC website lists resources intended for use by trainers to help determine when and how to use technology in their training programs. It includes an overview of popular forms of technology, case studies, evaluation tips, and a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.

Explore the AETC resources now.

Technology Blog: 3D Printing and Slit-Lamp Camera Adapters

For the Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog, Dr. Anthony Vipin Das discusses using 3D printers to assist in capturing slit-lamp images. Dr. Vipin describes and provides sample video on how to create camera adapters for your mobile phone in order to capture slit-lamp images in the clinic.

Learn more about the project on the tech blog.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Learning in Interprofessional Teams

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library blog reviews AMEE Guide no. 38 by Hammick, Olckers, and Smith, “Learning in Interprofessional Teams.” The guide covers practical ways to enhance learning, effective types of learning, and characteristics and challenges of interprofessional learning.

Evidence supports that learning in interprofessional teams enables practitioners to better understand each other, to work more collaboratively, and thus enhance patient care.

Read more on the education blog.

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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