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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

December 2014

As we close 2014, we extend our best wishes for the season–that you may welcome the New Year filled with peace and happiness. Thank you for your efforts to improve ophthalmic education, your own teaching, and contributions to medical education worldwide.

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

Recruiting for the ICO Technology for Teaching and Learning Committee

The ICO Technology for Teaching and Learning Committee works to help ophthalmic educators acquire the knowledge, experience and tools needed to use modern teaching methods, technology, and to develop effective programs. The committee is seeking new members who will be proactive and involved.

Expectations of committee members include:

  • Prompt responses to emails and posts in the committee forum.
  • Participation in one or more of the following:
    • Act as a tutor in one or more of the ICO’s online courses 
    • Write at least one post a year for the ICO technology blog  
    • Contribute to growing the Webinar Network by involving ophthalmic organizations or societies in running and sharing webinars.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have him or her contact the ICO by completing this form and sending curriculum vitae (CV) by email to upload.Technol.1ci0pqb761@u.box.com. To be considered, respondents need to provide a description of their interests and skills, including forwarding their CV, by January 31, 2015.

Spanish Translations: ICO Accreditation Position Paper and Residency Program Director Role Description

ICO Director for E-Learning, Eduardo Mayorga, MD, has generously contributed Spanish translations of the ICO Position Paper on Accreditation and the job description for Residency Program Directors. These documents are also available in English on the ICO website.

El Director de E-Learning, Eduardo Mayorga, MD, ha contribuido generosamente con las traducciones al español del documento sobre la posición del ICO acerca de la acreditación de los programas de entrenamiento, y la descripción del rol del Director de Programa de Residencia/Director de Educación. Estos documentos también están disponibles en inglés en la página web del ICO.

Review the position paper on accreditation. Revise el documento de posición acerca de la acreditación.

Review the Residency Program Director Role. Revise el descripción del rol del director de Programa de Residencia.

MedRounds Optics Review

The optics review text, Essential Optics Review for the Boards, by Mark Wilkinson, OD and edited by Andrew Doan, MD, PhD is available to access on MedRounds. Forty-one chapters and a quiz are available to access online, and a paperback edition is available for purchase.

Access the optics review.

Wills Eye Knowledge Portal: Ocular Pathology

The goal of the lecture “Ocular Pathology” by Ralph C. Eagle, MD, is to familiarize ophthalmologists about the pathology of the iris. The activity is illustrated with 3D, micron, and optical microscopy iris histology and pathology images. A free user-account is necessary to access the materials.

Register and access the Wills ocular pathology lecture now.

AMA Online Learning Center

The American Medical Association’s Online Learning Center offers free and fee-based activities under various competencies and topics. Many activities offer continuing medical education credit or certificates of participation. All activities are conducted online.

Visit the AMA Online Learning Center.

JCAHPO Refinements Modules for Allied Personnel

Thirty-seven Refinement Modules for Allied Personnel from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) include topics ranging from diseases and treatments to clinical skills. Each print-based module contains a quiz covering important topics for training of ophthalmic medical personnel. Each are approved for 1 JCAHPO Group A credit.

Learn more about the modules at the JCAHPO Bookstore.

UNICEF Course in Spanish: Retinopathy of Prematurity – Curso UNICEF: Retinopatía del Prematuro

This free, Spanish-language online course on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) from UNICEF is intended for health teams. The course aims to equip teams and professionals involved in healthcare, stimulation, and education of premature children in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and adequate and timely rehabilitation of ROP. A free user-account is necessary to access the materials.

Curso virtual gratuito sobre Retinopatía del Prematuro (ROP) de UNICEF, destinado a Equipos de Salud, que tiene como propósito que equipos y profesionales involucrados en la atención de salud, estimulación y educación de niños y niñas nacidos prematuros se capaciten y actualicen en la prevención, el diagnóstico, tratamiento y rehabilitación adecuados y oportunos de la ROP. Una cuenta de usuario gratuita es necesario acceder a los materiales.

Access the course. Acceder al curso.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: Highest Rated Teaching Behaviors

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Medical Teacher article, "Teaching Behaviors That Define Highest Rated Attending Physicians: A Study of the Resident Perspective" by Drs. Nidhi Huff, Brita Roy, Carlos Estrada, Robert Centor, Analía Castiglioni, Lisa Willett, Richard Shewchuk, and Stuart Cohen.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

Technology Blog: Moving Objects in PowerPoint Presentations

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses adding a custom animation to create moving objects in your PowerPoint presentations. Review the post and the included video to learn more about adding animation to presentations and examples of how to utilize this feature.

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.

Redefining Dry Eye Disease

High-Quality Slit-Lamp Photos and Surgical Videos with Your iPhone

Computer Model of Accommodation

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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