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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

November 2014

Save these dates in your travel plans, and register now for the Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators scheduled prior to 2015 supranational congresses.

We hope to see you in Guangzhou, China; Vienna, Austria; or Bogotá, Colombia, for a day of workshops and discussion covering many areas of ophthalmic education, adult learning and teaching, and sharing of experiences with colleagues. More details are included in this issue below.

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

ICO-OSCAR:Strabismus Available in Mandarin

The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Strabismus has been translated into Mandarin Chinese. We thank volunteer translators Dr. Li Junhong and Dr. Feng Xueliang 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:Strabismus in Mandarin.

Read about the ICO-OSCAR rubric for strabismus in the Journal of AAPOS.

See all available ICO-OSCARs and related translations.

Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators: Registration Open

Registration has opened for the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 4, 2015, prior to the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress. Please note the change of date from previous announcements; the correct date of the Conference is Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

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

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 Tuesday August 4, 2015, one day prior to the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress.

The Conferences are designed to help educators from diverse backgrounds and varying levels of experience 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.

CDC Vision Health Initiative Publications

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vision Health Initiative (VHI) lists publications written by CDC/VHI staff, as well as key articles or reports from other authors. Electronic links to full text or abstracts are provided when possible.

The CDC Vision Health Initiative functions to describe the burden of vision loss and eye diseases in the United States and to provide that information in a published format.

View the CDC Vision Health Initiatives publications.

OCEX Checklist Available in Mongolian

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.           

The OCEX form is filled out by the attending physician and can be reviewed with the resident immediately after the patient interaction, providing the resident with immediate feedback on their patient-care skills, medical knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills, and presentation skills.

Appreciation is extended to volunteers Dr. Bayasgalan Purevdorj and Dr. Unudeleg Bayaraa for the new Mongolian translation.  The checklist was developed based on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Clinical Evaluation Exercise. An article describing the OCEX was first published in 2004: Ophthalmology 2004 Jul;111(7):1271-4; and Ophthalmology 2005 Oct;112(10):1649-54.

Access the OCEX in Mongolian and other languages.

Ethics Journal: Virtual Mentor

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) online ethics journal, Virtual Mentor, focuses on medical ethics and medical ethics education by providing detailed examination of the questions that medical students and practicing physicians confront on a daily basis. The journal is open-access and without advertisements.

Access Virtual Mentor now.

Irish College of Ophthalmology: Professional Competence Scheme

The Irish College of Ophthalmology has developed a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) to formalize the process of career-long learning (continuing professional development) and to satisfy requirements of their Medical Council.

Societies, educators, and individuals can use these documents as examples for your own continuing professional development (CPD) programs or activities in development.

Visit the Professional Competence portal on the Irish College website.

Download the Irish College’s PCS Booklet.

Download the Frequently Asked Questions about the Irish College’s PCS program.

Development of the Eye Website

The online archive of the Development of the Eye Site serves as a good introduction for residents and medical students to develop a better understanding of how the eye develops. References, other online resources, and a quiz are also included.

Visit the Development of the Eye Site now.

Technology Blog: Evernote

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses using Evernote for organizing, storing, locating, and sharing data. The data can be as diverse as a file on your computer, a photo, or a list from your phone. Review the post and the included video to learn more about Evernote.

Learn more on the tech blog.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Validity and Reliability of ICO-OSCAR:Phacoemulsification

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Transactions of the American Ophthalmological Society article “Development of a New Valid, Reliable, and Internationally Applicable Assessment Tool of Residents’ Competence in Ophthalmic Surgery (an American Ophthalmological Society Thesis)” by Drs. Karl Golnik, Hilary Beaver, Vinod Gauba, Andrew Lee, Eduardo Mayorga, A. Gabriela Palis, and George Saleh.

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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