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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

February 2014

The ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz at the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the ICO, April 2–6 in Tokyo is the chance for teams of residents and fellows to demonstrate their knowledge, and for educators to observe young ophthalmologists and see how well they are grasping various concepts.

On Friday, April 4th, teams will participate in an "Elimination Round" answering questions based on a picture, video clip, or a sound clue covering the full spectrum of ophthalmology. On Saturday, April 5th, remaining teams participate in a decisive "Rapid Fire Round" of 10 questions answered by each team in three minutes. The top four teams will advance to the Final Quiz where a victorious team will ultimately be declared.

Please inform your peers and students that team members are requested to register by March 1.  If someone does not have a team, they will be assigned to a team at the Quiz. There is no fee to participate in this fun, high-energy event, and we hope to see you there!

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

WOC2014: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions

The World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) is a series of eight symposia and workshops during the WOC2014 that spotlight a variety of educational techniques. It is designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. The WOEC will be April 4-5, 2014.

During the WOEC the symposium, “Clinical and Surgical Training of Subspecialists Around the World,” will be held Friday, April 4 from 15:30-17:00 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502. With an increasing need for subspecialists and subspecialist training globally, this symposium will inform participants of the current state of subspecialty training around the world, as well as offer a variety of educational strategies, modalities, and resources to enhance subspecialists' training.

Another WOEC symposium, “Teaching Ethics, Professionalism, and Communication Skills,” will be on Saturday, April 5 from 8:30-10:00 at the Tokyo International Forum, Room G502. These non-clinical skills are as crucial to medical competence as medical knowledge or surgical skills, and as such they should be taught and assessed during the training of eye care professionals (medical students, residents, allied eye care). This symposium will highlight specific educational strategies and tools for teaching and assessing these non-technical competencies.

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

Review the WOEC Session Schedule

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo, Japan

Univadis Medical Portal

Univadis is a free medical information portal designed specifically for health professionals. Univadis provides breaking news, a variety of resources for scientific learning, and useful tools for diagnosis and patient education.

While this is a Spanish-language site, it also provides access to some articles in English. Among the resources provided are the latest issues of the Lancet, BMJ Learning (with resources about Medical Education), JAMA News Network, as well as an atlas of images and videos. Registration is required and you may choose to receive tailored news. Univadis is a service of Merck and Co. Inc. (known outside the United States of America as MSD).

Univadis es un portal de información médica diseñado específicamente para profesionales de la salud. Univadis provee noticias de último momento, una gran variedad de recursos para el aprendizaje científico y herramientas útiles para diagnóstico y educación del paciente, sin ningún costo. Entre los recursos que brinda se encuentran las últimas publicaciones del Lancet, BMJ Learning (con recursos sobre Educación Médica), noticias de JAMA Network, un atlas de imágenes y videos, etc. Requiere registrarse y elegir la especialidad para recibir noticias dirigidas. Univadis es un servicio de Merck and Co. Corp. (conocido fuera de los Estados Unidos de América como MSD).

Visit Univadis. Visite Univadis.

Ocular Pathology Study Guide

The Ocular Pathology section of Professor C.N. Chua’s website, "Success in MRCOphth," aims to enhance the MRCOphth candidates' knowledge of ocular pathology. The Ocular Pathology section is divided by topic and includes study tips and self assessments. It is a resource that teachers can easily use in both formal and informal settings to aid in the teaching or assessing of students.

Visit the Ocular Pathology Section of “Success in MRCOphth.”

Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course

Published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Medical Assisting: An Independent Study Course is a fully illustrated textbook that describes 44 procedures step-by-step and covers all topics in both the United States and International curricula. It includes new chapters on ocular motility, low vision, ethics, legal and regulatory issues, and community eye health.

Each chapter includes self-assessments, suggested activities and resources. An accompanying online exam of 228 multiple-choice questions aligned with the content of the textbook is available. The online format provides immediate feedback on the test taker’s performance.

See an Overview of the Medical Assisting Course.

Global Standards for Quality Improvement in CPD

The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Global Standards for Quality Improvement in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) text is available for download from the WFME website.

A comprehensive introduction explores fundamentals of CPD and follows with the concept, purpose, and rationale for global standards to ensure safety and quality in continuing medical development. The standards are a valuable resource for CPD participants, providers, and regulators, and were built with respect to the wide variety of CPD around the world.

The WFME standards cover all areas of CPD, including mission and outcomes, planning, CPD-providers, evaluation, organization, and continuous renewal. The document is available to download or view online in English, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Access the Global Standards for CPD.

Free Images: the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Access over 3,000 images from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This library of images is free to access, but login is required to see full-resolution images or to download.

Browse images at the Academy now.

Technology Blog: The Flipped Classroom

This month the ICO Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses the future of teaching including blended learning, the flipped classroom, self-paced learning and instruction by peers.

Learn more on the tech blog.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Three Common Program Evaluation Approaches

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog reviews the Academic Medicine article by Blanchard, Torbeck, and Blondeau, “AM Last Page: A Snapshot of Three Common Program Evaluation Approaches for Medical Education.”

The article provides a quick overview of the complexities of programmatic assessment and the many factors and issues involved. References provided allow an understanding of each evaluation approach covered: decision-oriented, outcomes-oriented and expert-oriented.

Read more on the education blog.

MedEdWorld Webinars: Spring 2014 Series

The Spring 2014 (February-June) MedEdWorld Webinars series is now available. These webinars focus on educational topics of current interest in healthcare. The webinars offer an opportunity to engage online with an international expert and like-minded colleagues from around the globe in a live, one-hour discussion.

Access is free to members of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). Nonmembers are welcome to participate for a fee of £25 per webinar.

View the schedule of upcoming webinars at MedEdWorld.

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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