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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

June 2014

A variety of resources and opportunities for educators are included in this month’s issue. We hope to see you at one of the upcoming Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators, or online for the next edition of the Transforming Lectures Course. Also announced in this issue are many free online resources, such as translations of the ICO Residency Curriculum, scenarios for teaching ethics, and video collections.

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

ICO Residency Curriculum Translations Available

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been translated into Chinese and is available for download on the ICO website. Additionally, the Cataract and Lens Section of the Residency Curriculum is available for download in Spanish and French.

Appreciation is extended to volunteers Dr. Li Xiaoxin for the Chinese translation, and Dr. Jean-Jacques De Laey for the French translation.

The curriculum offers an international consensus on what residents in ophthalmology should be taught. While the ICO curriculum provides a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training, it has been designed to be revised and modified, with the precise local details for implementation left to the region’s educators.

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been utilized in Cambodia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Tunisia, and other countries. It is endorsed by the European Board of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.

Access the ICO Residency Curriculum and translations.

Save the Dates: Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators

In addition to the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on October 18, 2014, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting, we are excited to announce three Conferences for 2015:

Guangzhao, China on Tuesday, March 31, 2015, one day prior to the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress.

Vienna, Austria on Friday, June 5, 2015, one day prior to the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress.

Bogotá, Colombia on Monday, August 3, 2015, one day prior to the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress.

These one-day conferences offer expert instruction, interactive workshops, and group discussion for anyone involved in ophthalmic education. Designed to help educators from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience, the Conferences are an opportunity to learn about the latest teaching tools, practice techniques of modern education, and connect with other educators in the region.  

If you are attending any of these meetings, we hope you will plan to participate in the Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators.

Apply Now: Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions Online Course, August 4–September 26, 2014

The second edition of the ICO’s online course, “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions” offers another opportunity for a unique and enriching experience for ophthalmic educators. The course is designed to be helpful for all teachers, even if you have limited experience utilizing online tools and software in your teaching.

Our most popular online course yet, participants will learn to generate interactions that foster knowledge and critical thinking, as well as how to use different approaches when teaching facts, concepts, procedures, processes, and principles.

The eight-week course will take place August 4–September 26, 2014. Enrollment is limited and we encourage you to apply early. The application deadline is July 14, 2014.

Apply to the online course, Transforming Lectures.

Download the course flyer for more information.

ICO Position Papers on CPD and Accreditation

The ICO recently adopted position papers on accreditation of training programs and continuing professional development (CPD), which are intended to provide direction and stimulate collaboration on these critical educational issues.

The paper on CPD recognizes and advocates for the necessity of continuing medical education (CME)/CPD to keep physicians current in their practice. CPD builds on the concept of CME by including medical knowledge along with elements of good practice, such as knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, and partnership and teamwork. CPD serves as a lifelong learning commitment to doctors' patients and society in general.

The "Accreditation for Eye Care Training Programs" paper recognizes that the quality of eye care training programs varies throughout the world. Factors include the lack of national and international training standards and lack of external review of program quality.

The ICO strongly believes that the process of accreditation for all levels of training programs is essential to ensure the quality of training.  Quality training programs ultimately result in professionals trained to give the best eye care.

Access the ICO position paper on CPD.

Access the ICO position paper on Accreditation.

Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals

The second edition of the Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals by Barbara Brown is available to order from the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Bookstore.

The book offers an introduction to all aspects of low vision, including a short history of low vision and the basic optics of magnifiers. It also provides practical material on assessment, the psychology of visual loss, and ways to alleviate patients’ common fears.

See an overview of the text from JCAHPO.

More information is also available from SLACK.

EyeWorld Videos from ASCRS Meeting

A series of free videos produced by EyeWorld during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) 2014 meeting are available through EyeWorld Video Reporter.

Five-minute segments distill the essence of presenters' talks, some include surgical video and most include slides or animation. Our appreciation is extended to Dr. Joshua A. Young for submitting this resource to our Editorial Board.

Access the EyeWorld ASCRS videos.

Scenarios: Good Medical Practice in Action

The General Medical Council of the United Kingdom presents more than 60 patient scenarios as “Good Medical Practice in Action.” While not specific to ophthalmology, this collection provides a foundation to learn and test knowledge on medical ethics and its relevance in good medical practice.

Explore the Good Medical Practice in Action scenarios.

Ophthalmology Primer for Office Staff

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s third edition of “Introducing Ophthalmology: A Primer for Office Staff” describes basic ophthalmic concepts and office etiquette in easy-to-understand language, as well as a review of how the eye works and how an eye examination is performed.

The booklet includes a discussion of office ethics and a helpful glossary of common ophthalmic terms and acronyms. The Primer is targeted to new office staff and serves as a resource for providing simple explanations for patient questions.

Download the Primer now.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Assessment Principles and Tools

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library blog reviews the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) article, “Assessment Principles and Tools,” by Dr. Karl C. Golnik. 

The article describes the goal of ophthalmology residency training to produce competent ophthalmologists. Appropriately assessing resident performance can be achieved through applying accepted guiding principles to competence assessment methods. These principles and available ophthalmology-specific assessment tools are described in the paper by Dr. Golnik.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

Recently Added from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE

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

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