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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

August 2014

Each month, the ICO’s Ophthalmic Educators Letter presents useful tools and resources for educators, as well as news and upcoming events. With your help we can spread this information to many more educators.

Forward this newsletter to colleagues and friends who may be interested in one of the educational tools below or who could benefit from attending our online course, Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions. They can also subscribe to receive the newsletter themselves, and visit the Center for Ophthalmic Educators to see all the material available to utilize in their teaching.

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

Apply Now: Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions Online Course, October 27–December 19, 2014

The third 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 valuable for all teachers, even if you have limited experience utilizing online tools and software in your teaching. Participants will learn to incorporate interaction in their lectures that foster learning 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 October 27–December 19, 2014. Enrollment is limited, and we encourage you to apply early. The application deadline is October 4.

Apply to the online course, Transforming Lectures.

Download the course flyer for more information.

Upcoming Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Chicago, October 18, 2014

Join us at the next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting on Saturday, October 18, 2014, from 2–5:30 p.m.

Open to all registered attendees of AAO 2014, the Conference on “Improving Teaching Effectiveness” is intended for educators from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience. During the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops, discussions, and brief plenary sessions, including workshops on curriculum adaptation, workshop development, and helping residents develop critical thinking.

To locate the Conference in the AAO Program, search for “SYM58” in the program browser at https://secure.aao.org/apps/.

Learn more about the Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

Review the Conference agenda.

ICO Sponsored Education Courses During AAO 2014

If you are attending the AAO 2014 meeting in Chicago, October 19–21, 2014, please join us at these ICO-sponsored courses for educators:

“Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures” (Course 607) intends to increase participants’ abilities and tools for making lectures more engaging, interactive, and effective. This course will be Sunday, October 19, 2–3 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N427A. An Academy Plus Course Pass is required to attend.

“How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations” (Lab 138) will cover the principles, strategies, and techniques of lecture interactivity. Attendees will participate using their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. This lab will be Monday, October 20, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N227A. A Skills Transfer Lab Fee is required to attend this lab.

“Resident, Faculty, and Program Assessment: Principles and Best Practices” (Course 606) will focus on principles of good assessment practices. Effective faculty and program evaluation designed to improve teaching effectiveness will also be discussed. Specific and available assessment tools, such as 360 degree evaluation, surgical skills rubrics, and observed patient encounters will be demonstrated. This course will be Monday, October 20, 4:30–5:30 p.m. in McCormick Place, Room N135. An Academy Plus Course Pass is required to attend.

Review course abstracts and Conference for Educators Agenda.

Search the AAO Program for Course 606, Course 607, and Lab 138.

Teamwork for Eye Care

The July 2014 issue of the Community Eye Health Journal highlights “Teamwork for Eye Care,” and discusses how eye teams can function more effectively to address blindness and improve eye health where the need is greatest.

The issue is available for free online and includes articles on the roles of team members, good leadership, and establishing a culture of teamwork.

View the July 2014 issue on teams for free online.

UEMS Policy on Continuing Professional Development

The European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) adopted the “Basel Declaration, UEMS Policy on Continuing Professional Development” in 2001. This comprehensive but concise paper sets out the policy for implementing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practicing physicians in Europe.

Review the paper from UEMS.

10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking

In the blog post, 10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking, Terry Gault, Managing Partner and Vice President of The Henderson Group, provides insight into how to become a better presenter by avoiding a few common mistakes.

Access the blog post to learn about common mistakes in public speaking.

JCAHPO’s “Learning Systems” Simulations

“Learning Systems,” from the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), is an interactive CD-ROM that uses animation, simulation, and video to teach basic skills in key areas vital to most ophthalmology practices: keratometry, lensometry, ocular motility, retinoscopy/refinement, tonometry, and visual fields.

See an overview of Learning Systems from JCAHPO.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Applying Adult Learning Principles

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) article, "Adult Learning Principles and Presentation Pearls," by Drs. Ana Gabriela Palis and Peter Quiros.

The article encourages applying adult learning principles (such as relevance, congruence with the student's needs, interactivity, connection to the student's previous knowledge and experience) to lectures to increase teacher effectiveness and student learning.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

Technology Blog: Enhancing Images in PowerPoint

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog presents a tutorial on creating borders and transparent shapes to enhance your PowerPoint slides. Review the post and the included video to improve your presentations.

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.

Small-Aperture Intraocular Implant for Irregular Corneal Astigmatism

Compression Sutures for Overfiltering Bleb

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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