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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

January 2015

As the year begins, we look forward to sharing many more courses, events, and educator resources with you.

I hope this month's new resources, and our increasing selection in the Center for Ophthalmic Educators, are found beneficial and useful to your teaching practice. You can access past Educators Letters and more resources at the Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

If you have a recommendation for a teaching resource you have found helpful and that you think belongs in the Center, please email us at educators@icoph.org. Further information can be found at educators.icoph.org/contact.php.

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

Finalized ICO Subspecialty Curriculum in Glaucoma

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Glaucoma has been finalized and is available for viewing or download from the ICO website.

The Glaucoma Subspecialty Curriculum Committee composed of Dr. Neeru Gupta, Chair, and Drs. Tanuj Dada, Daniel Kiage, Robert Ritch, and Fotis Topouzis, has worked 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.

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

Access and download ICO Glaucoma Curriculum now.

Review and comment on ICO Curricula online.

Guangzhou Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

Will we see you in Guangzhou? If you plan to attend the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China, we encourage you to attend the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on March 31, 2015.

Guangzhou Conference for Educators will be our fourth Conference in conjunction with the APAO, and we are excited to meet again with educators from the region. The one-day Conference will feature workshops and special-interest discussions on a variety of topics to choose from during each session.

Topics have been chosen based on input from local and regional members of the Steering Committee and considered to be of particular interest to educators in the Asia-Pacific region. A light lunch will be provided and attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the session.

This Conference for Educators will be March 31, preceding the APAO Congress, which is April 1–4. The Conference is organized and co-sponsored by the ICO, the APAO, and the Chinese Ophthalmological Society.

Register now or learn more about the Guangzhou Conference.

Vienna and Bogotá Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators

We are organizing additional Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators in Vienna in June, and Bogotá in August. If you are attending the SOE and PAAO Congresses, we hope you will join us for the Conference. Registration is open now.

Vienna, Austria, on Friday, June 5, 2015, one day prior to the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress. Co-sponsored by the ICO and the SOE.

Bogotá, Colombia, on Tuesday August 4, 2015, one day prior to the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress. Please note the change of date from previous announcements; the correct date of the Conference is Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Co-sponsored by the ICO, the PAAO, and the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology.

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.

Session topics are identified based on input from local and regional members of the Steering Committee and considered to be of particular interest to educators in each region. A light lunch will be provided and attendees receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conclusion of the Conferences.


Wills Eye Knowledge Portal: OCT in the Diagnosis and Management of Choroidal Tumors and Nevi

The lecture “OCT in the Diagnosis and Management of Choroidal Tumors and Nevi” by Carol L. Shields, MD, describes how optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology can assist in diagnosis and management of choroidal tumors and nevi. A free user-account is necessary to access the materials.

Register and access the Wills lecture on OCT now.

Developing Expertise in Leading Small Group Discussions

“Dr. Novel and Dr. Sage: Developing Expertise in Leading Small Group Discussions” is a teaching case and facilitator’s guide by Laurie Fishman, MD, and Lori Newman, MEd, from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This module provides a comprehensive set of skills and resources that can be readily used by those leading a faculty development session about small group facilitation.

Participants work through the problem-based teaching case, and learn the skills needed to facilitate an effective discussion by addressing common small-group discussion dilemmas. A free user-account is necessary to access the materials.

Register and access the module now.

General Medical Knowledge for Eyecare Paraprofessionals

General Medical Knowledge for Eyecare Paraprofessionals by Marvin Bittinger, MD, emphasizes the eye as part of the body, rather than separate, and presents an overview of common diseases and the basic concepts of anatomy and physiology. This text will provide a solid foundation of general medical knowledge for those working as allied eye health professionals.

Learn more about the book.

Oculonco: An Ocular Oncology Guide for Practitioners

Developed by Dr. Bertil Damato, this ocular oncology atlas organizes adult tumors according to their location and color. The site was developed to assist practicing ophthalmologists with diagnoses and provides additional information on treatment and prognoses.

Explore the Oculonco Atlas now.

Videos: Root Atlas

Intended to help eye care providers improve their clinical skills, the Root Atlas website from Timothy Root provides videos taken at the slit lamp. A wide variety of ocular pathology, ranging from the cornea to the retina, are available to view for free.

Access Root Atlas.

Ophthalmology Teachers Library: A New Leadership Curriculum

The Ophthalmology Teachers Library Blog recommends the Academic Medicine article, “A New Leadership Curriculum: The Multiplication of Intelligence,” by Ms. Liz Wiseman, Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, and Mr. Eric Westbroek.

Read more and access the article on the education blog.

Teaching the Teachers Supporters

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co. and Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO). We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

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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