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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2014

Our volunteer Editorial Board works to bring valuable resources to teachers in the Center for Ophthalmic Educators, and this month we are pleased to announce a glaucoma subspecialty curriculum available for your review and comment, newly translated assessment tools, and articles and presentations that are free to access.

We thank our Editors for continually bringing us new resources to support all learners, including medical students, residents, practicing ophthalmologists, and allied eye health personnel. Visit the Center to learn more and to access the many valuable resources available to you.

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

Please Comment: ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma is now available online for review and comment. Chaired by Neeru Gupta, MD, the Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee has endeavored to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curriculum be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs.

Please visit the new Glaucoma Curriculum and provide your feedback in the comments area at the conclusion of the curriculum. Your comments regarding the curriculum’s accuracy, ease of adaptability, and relevance to your region are important inputs for consideration by the Glaucoma Curriculum Committee.

Subspecialty curricula for cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery and neuro-ophthalmology are in the final editing process. Ophthalmic and facial plastic surgery will be available for review and comment later this year.

Review and comment on the draft Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Recruiting for ICO Residency Training Subcommittee Members

The ICO Residency Training Subcommittee works to ensure that residency programs worldwide are equipped to offer comprehensive and relevant training programs that will enable residents to meet the eye care needs of their specific communities. The subcommittee, which also works in conjunction with other ICO committees to integrate education with actual eye care delivery systems, is seeking new members.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have him or her contact the ICO by emailing: educators@icoph.org. Respondents need to provide a description of their interests and skills, including their curriculum vitae (CV), and note how their participation in the subcommittee would benefit their country or region.

Areas currently needing representation include North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The committee would also like to include as members a resident or a recent graduate and someone from a country that is in the process of implementing a formal residency curriculum.

Access WOC2014 Presentations and Review Articles Online

More than 300 webcasts from the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2014) in Tokyo, Japan, are online and available for free at WOC OnDemand: www.wocondemand.com.

If you missed a session or you were not able to attend the Tokyo Congress, visit WOC OnDemand to browse content and watch slides with the original audio. Search by subject and hear experts discuss surgical pearls, new instrumentation, as well as novel techniques and approaches for a wide array of procedures.

Visit WOC OnDemand.

OCEX Checklist Available in Portuguese

The Ophthalmic Clinical Evaluation Exercise (OCEX) Checklist is designed for use during observed resident-patient interactions. It can be used to assess a resident's patient care skills, medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and communication.  

Appreciation is extended to volunteer Dr. Zelia Correa for the new Portuguese translation.

The checklist was developed based on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Clinical Evaluation Exercise. It was first published in Ophthalmology. 2004 Jul;111(7):1271-4 and Ophthalmology. 2005 Oct;112(10):1649-54. The OCEX form is filled out by the attending physician and can be reviewed with the resident immediately after the patient interaction, giving the resident immediate feedback on their patient-care skills, medical knowledge, and interpersonal skills.

Access the OCEX in Portuguese and other languages.

Access “Teaching and Learning in Medicine” Articles

The journal, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, is offering free access to their most-cited articles of 2012–2013 through December 31, 2014.

This international, peer-reviewed journal on teaching and learning in medical education seeks to advance the knowledge, understanding, and decision-making capacity of medical educators by fostering a foundation of theory, research, and scholarship.

Access articles from Teaching and Learning in Medicine.

Planning CPD Activities Guidelines

“Planning CPD Activities” from the Faculty of Health Sciences of Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada, provides an excellent concise explanation on how to observe basic rules in order to achieve accreditation for a learning event. This resource additionally serves to show how a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) department can be of assistance in designing activities.

Access the guidelines from Queen’s University at Kingston.

Technology Blog: Using PowerPoint 2013

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses the top features of PowerPoint 2013. Review the post and included video to see if you should update to this version of the software.

Learn more on the tech blog.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Training the eye care team: Principles and practice

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library blog reviews the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) article, “Training the eye care team: Principles and practice” by Dr. Prashant Garg, Dr. Snigdha Reddy, and Dr. Chaitanya Nelluri.

The article describes how to train eye care teams to work together to achieve the best continuity of care. It discusses the importance of training the team across the health spectrum, accreditation of programs, certification and continued education of health team members.

Read more and access the article 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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