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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

April 2014

Each month, our Editorial Board strives to bring valuable resources to the Center for Ophthalmic Educators and this month is no exception. We are pleased to announce upcoming courses for educators as well as valuable assessment tools.

We thank our Editors for bringing us new resources each month to support all learners, from residents and practicing ophthalmologists to allied eye health personnel. Visit the Center to learn more and access additional resources.

With warm regards,

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

Announcing the 2014 Eyexcel Course

The 6th annual Eyexcel course is July 15–18, 2014. EyexcelExpanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training helps to facilitate the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs, ultimately increasing the availability of regional eye care.

Eyexcel prepares eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis. The 2014 course will focus primarily on midlevel allied eye health personnel. The course addresses curriculum development, program evaluation, administrative skills, methods of e-learning, and principles of sustainability.

The course is co-sponsored by Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the ICO, and the Seva Foundation and is held at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India. Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under "What to Teach" for Allied Eye Care Personnel.

The course is limited to 60 participants, and the deadline for registration is June 14, 2014. For information about Eyexcel, see the course description or contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.

View the course description or register now.

ICO-OSCARs Available in French

Two ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubrics (OSCARs) have  been translated into French. ICO-OSCAR for Small-Incision Cataract Surgery and ICO-OSCAR for Lateral Tarsal Strip are available for download on the ICO website.

We thank volunteer translators Drs. Jean-Jacques DeLaey, Béatrice Cochener, and Philippe Rakotondrajoa for their efforts to make the ICO-OSCARs more accessible.

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 Small-Incision Cataract Surgery in French

ICO-OSCAR Lateral Tarsal Strip in French

View and access ICO-OSCARs in English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

MEAJO Edition on Ophthalmic Education

The Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) April–June 2014 special issue on Ophthalmic Education is now available online or for download. The issue covers diverse topics such as curriculum development, assessment, presentation skills, webinars, continuing professional development, and team training.

Access the Ophthalmic Education edition of MEAJO.

Online Self-Directed Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course

A new, free Online Self-Directed Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course is available from the University of Melbourne, Minum Barreng, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia. This self-led course is designed to provide training in grading diabetic retinopathy.

The course is organized in several parts and includes practice quiz sessions for each. A final competency-based exam evaluates the ability to accurately detect and grade diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, and provide appropriate referral plans, according to Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines. Please note a free user-account is necessary to begin the course.

Access the Online Course.

AMEE 2014 Meeting Offers Online Participation

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is offering online registration to their annual meeting, AMEE 2014 Excellence in Education, August 31–September 1. With online registration, individuals who cannot attend the conference in Milan, Italy, are able to participate in events and sessions from a location of their choosing.

Online registrants with a broadband Internet connection can engage in AMEE live session discussions and ask questions. Sessions can also be accessed afterwards for up to one year.

Learn more about AMEE 2014 Live and how to register.

Review the provisional program for AMEE Live.

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (JBI) is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal exploring ethical, cultural, social, and legal perspectives in medicine, health care, the life sciences, and biotechnology.

In addition to original research, each issue includes a symposium edited by guest scholars focusing on a specific bioethical topic. The JBI is the official journal of the Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law, and the Bioethics Centre, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Access the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

AAO Global Ophthalmology Guide

Ophthalmologists traveling to provide eye care in developing countries and underserved areas can use the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Global Ophthalmology Guide for region-based treatment and management information.

This open-access resource, located on the AAO’s ONE Network, is also ideal for local physicians. The guide includes charts, tables, algorithms, and images for quick information, surgical demonstration videos, online CME courses, and more.

Explore the Global Ophthalmology Guide.

References for Allied Eye Health Personnel

The 9th edition of The Ophthalmic Assistant: A Text for Allied and Associated Ophthalmic Personnel, by Stein, Stein, and Freeman, is a heavily illustrated text that provides ophthalmic assistants with comprehensive information on all aspects of ophthalmology.

The Second Edition JCAHPO & ATPO Pocket Guide is a clinical skills and reference guide for the ophthalmic technician to improve clinical skills with easy to follow procedures. It has 12 color-coded sections with detailed procedures, illustrations, and charts.

Both texts are available from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Bookstore.

See an overview of the texts from JCAHPO.

Canadian Ophthalmological Society Guidelines for CPD Activities

The Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development Activities from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) outline the principles on which continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation of educational activities is based.

Societies, educators, and individuals can use these guidelines as an example of good CPD for programs or activities that are in development.

Download the COS CPD guidelines.

Technology Blog: “Trello” for Easy Organization

For the Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog, Dr. Anthony Vipin Das introduces Trello, an online application for organizing, tracking, and calendaring various projects from to-do lists, to group activities.

Learn more about utilizing Trello 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.

Pearls to Shorten the Learning Curve for Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery

Conjunctival Melanoma: What You Should Know

Say Cheese! External Ophthalmic Photography: Doing It the Right Way

Better Research Through a Multidisciplinary Team

Normal-Tension Glaucoma

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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