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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

January 2014

The last year brought many new resources and opportunities for all ophthalmic educators, and many were announced here in this newsletter. You can access past Educators Letters and more resources at the Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

We look forward to sharing many more courses, events, and educator resources with you. Our great appreciation to our Editors who bring us new resources each month. We would also like to receive contributions from other teachers. If you have a recommendation for a teaching resource you have found helpful and that you think belongs in the Center, please email us at educators@icoph.org. Further information can be found at educators.icoph.org/contact.php.

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

New ICO Subspecialty Curricula Available for Comment

The ICO is developing subspecialty curricula that offer an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught. The ICO subspecialty 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 feedback 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 Sessions: Residency Training

The World Ophthalmology Congress® this April 2–6 in Tokyo, Japan, is just a couple months away. During the WOC, the WOEC series of symposia and workshops will spotlight a variety of educational techniques designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

Two sessions in particular will focus on residency training. The symposium, “Accreditation of Residency Programs: The Need to Increase Quality of Training Globally” will be Friday, April 4 from 13:30-15:30 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502. The importance of accreditation as well as the challenges, requirements, and practical aspects of the accreditation process, in different regions such as Singapore, Canada and the developing world, will be discussed.

The symposium, “Exemplary Residency Programs in Developing Countries: Good Teaching in Difficult Conditions,” will be Saturday, April 5 from 10:30-12:00 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502. Teaching programs can vary greatly with the local cultural, economic and political environment. Excellent programs of various geographic locations (ie, Africa, China, Eastern Europe, India, Latin America) will be spotlighted. Educators will describe their experiences in overcoming difficult conditions and making their programs models in their region. Additionally, the application of new educational tools in programs will also be covered.

We look forward to you joining us for the WOEC symposia and workshops at WOC2014 in Tokyo.

Review the WOEC Session Schedule

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan

KeyLIME Podcasts

KeyLIME Podcasts are developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. These bi-weekly podcasts cover the main points of an article focused on medical education topics in just 10 minutes. You’ll learn about innovative new ideas that will impact your practice.

Listen to a podcast or browse the episode abstracts.

MedRounds Refraction Tutorial

This Refracting Tutorial by Todd Zarwell on MedRounds includes eight sections of direction on refraction. Additionally, an accompanying phoropter and retinoscopy simulator on CD-ROM is available for purchase.

Review the refraction tutorial now.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Doctor Role Modelling

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog reviews the Best Evidence Medical Education Guide no. 27, which summarizes the main themes and take-away messages from the current data on doctor role modelling in medical education.

Read more on the education blog.

Technology Blog: How Can I Edit a PDF File?

This month the Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses different software options for editing PDF files.

Learn more on the tech 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.

Latest Strategies for Managing Astigmatism

Lens and Corneal Options for Presbyopia

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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