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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

October 2014

This month we are excited to announce finalized ICO Subspecialty Curricula for Training in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery are available to access and download on the ICO website. Thank you for your participation in the review process. Read below for more details.

We hope you will also participate in the review process for the draft glaucoma subspecialty curriculum by providing comments on the draft available online.

The ICO’s intent is to provide curricula documents that can be adapted for a particular program's needs, helping to reduce the number of steps in developing a program-specific or locale-specific curriculum.

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

Review Period Closing November 14: Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Draft

The draft ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma is available for review and comments through November 14, 2014. The Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee has aimed 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.

Before finalization of the curriculum, we ask that you consider the material’s accuracy, ease of adaptability, and relevance to your region, and provide your feedback to the Glaucoma Curriculum Committee in the comments section at the conclusion of the curriculum.

Review and comment on the draft Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators: Guangzhou, Vienna, and Bogotá

Join us at one of our upcoming Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators. Intended for educators from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience to improve their teaching effectiveness, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, discussions, and brief plenary sessions with other interested peers.

Three conferences have been confirmed for 2015:

Guangzhou, 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.

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

Finalized ICO Subspecialty Curricula in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery

Two ICO Subspecialty Curricula have been finalized and are available for viewing or download from the ICO website.

The Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Curriculum Committee, chaired by Dr. Michael Belin, and the Neuro-Ophthalmology Subspecialty Curriculum Committee, chaired by Dr. Aki Kawasaki, have worked to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curricula be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs.

The curricula can be downloaded in Microsoft Word, PDF, or Google Doc formats from the ICO website at icoph.org/curricula.html.  Comments on the finalized curricula are encouraged and can be submitted online at icocurriculum.blogspot.com for consideration during future revisions and updates.

Access and download ICO Curricula now.

Review and comment on ICO Curricula online.

RANZCO-ICO Symposium: Surgical Standards in Education and Practice

A joint Royal Australian New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and ICO Symposium, “Surgical Standards in Education and Practice: a Global Perspective,” will be held during the 46th RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plaza 2, from 8:30–10 a.m.

The symposium will explore the setting and assessment of surgical standards in both developed and developing settings, as well as the challenges faced when standards are not met.

Download more information on the session.

Review the RANZCO meeting program and details.

JCAHPO’s Contact Lens “Learning Systems”

Contact Lens Learning Systems, from the Joint Commission of Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO), is an interactive series of CD-ROMs focusing on contact lens basics. Series 1 and 2 cover contact lens basics, soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses, and advanced fitting.

See an overview of Contact Lens Learning Systems from JCAHPO.

Journal: Medical Science Educator

The Medical Science Educator is a peer-reviewed journal that seeks to provide a better understanding of teaching and learning techniques by covering basic science education, clinical teaching, and incorporation of new educational technologies. The Medical Science Educator is the journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

Volumes 1–20 of the journal are available to download for free from the IAMSE website. Issues after 2011 are available for purchase or free to members.

Access Medical Science Educator Journal archives.

Guide to Surgical Audit and Peer Review

This RANZCO Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Guide to Surgical Audit and Peer Review provides information about the value of an audit and the relevance of this cyclic process to develop and maintain effective CPD.

The guide is concise yet comprehensive and covers how to prepare and conduct an audit as well as discussing topics such as what makes an effective audit, resources required for an audit, and what opportunities arise from an audit.

Download the guide from the RANZCO website.

WOEC Luncheon Presentations

Presentations are available from the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium luncheon at WOC2014 in Tokyo. The luncheon featured a keynote address from Sarah Hean, PhD, Associate Professor, Interprofessional Practice and Education, School of Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Hean’s presentation, “The Future of Medical Education in Developed and Developing Countries: Team Training,” provided a perspective from outside of ophthalmology on how to train teams to meet public needs.

Bruce Spivey, now ICO Immediate Past President, discussed the future of ophthalmic education, and Karl Golnik, ICO Director for Education, presented educational strategies to improve access to eye care.

Review the presentations from the luncheon.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Continuing Professional Development Best Practices

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology (MEAJO) article, "Continuing Professional Development: Best Practices,” by Drs. Helena Filipe, Eduardo Silva, Andries Stulting, and Karl Golnik.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

Richard Zorab Honored at AAO 2014

Richard Zorab received the Academy Guest of Honor Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Annual Meeting Opening Session in Chicago. Mr. Zorab was the first AAO education vice president to be so honored. Mr. Zorab died shortly after receiving the Award.

As vice president for ophthalmic knowledge at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he is credited with building the ONE Network web portal, as well as other educational initiatives at the AAO.

Visit AAO ONE Network.

Visit the Richard Zorab tribute website.

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.

Girl with Bilateral Iris Defects and Nystagmus

27-Gauge Repair of Diabetic Tractional Retinal Detachment

Bleb Needling for Failed 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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