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Ophthalmic Educators Letter

March 2015

For those attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China, we hope you will join us for ICO-Sponsored events and courses.

The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on Tuesday, March 31 will be a day of workshops and discussion for those interested in ophthalmic education. There is still room for more participants!

The APAO Scientific Program includes an excellent offering of sessions for educators throughout the Congress. Please read on for more details about these events, and other new courses and resources for ophthalmic educators.

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

Attend the Guangzhou Conference for Ophthalmic Educators March 31

Everyone involved or interested in ophthalmic education is welcome to attend this informative, one-day Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on March 31, 2014, in Guangzhou prior to the APAO Congress. The Conference is co-sponsored by the ICO, the APAO, and the Chinese Ophthalmological Society.

“Essential Concepts for Eye Care Educators” will be the focus of the full-day Conference. Workshops will be held on practical approaches to e-learning, assessment principles, and lecture skills. Participants will have the choice to attend group discussions in special interest areas, such as resident educational standards, e-learning, team training, and medical student education.

Registration includes lunch and light refreshments. A Certificate of Participation will be provided at the conclusion of the Conference. We look forward to your joining us in Guangzhou.

Register now or learn more about the Guangzhou Conference.

Download the agenda.

Apply by March 31: ICO Online Course Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions

The application deadline for the next edition of the ICO’s online course, Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions is March 31.

The online, eight-week course will take place April 20–June 12, 2015. The course offers another opportunity for a unique and enriching experience for ophthalmic educators and has been the most popular online course from the ICO to date.

Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions 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 generate interactions that foster knowledge and critical thinking, as well as how to use different approaches when teaching facts, concepts, procedures, processes, and principles.

Apply to Transforming Lectures by March 31, 2015 to participate!

Download the course flyer for more information.

Announcing the 2015 Eyexcel Course

The 7th annual Eyexcel course is July 21–25, 2014. The Eyexcel course, Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training, helps to facilitate the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs ultimately increasing the availability of regional eye care.

Eyexcel prepares eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis. The 2015 course will focus primarily on ophthalmic assistant training programs. The course addresses curriculum development, program design and evaluation, administrative skills, methods of e-learning, and principles of sustainability.

The course is co-sponsored by Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the ICO, and the Seva Foundation and is held at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India. Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under "What to Teach" for Allied Eye Care Personnel.

Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is June 30, 2015. For information about Eyexcel, see the course description or contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.

View the course description or register now.

Education Sessions at APAO 2015 Congress

If you are attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Guangzhou, China April 1–4, you will want to add the sessions on ophthalmic education to your calendar. (All sessions will be in the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center.)

Attend the ICO Instruction Course Planning Attractive CME – CPD Programs in Asia to Improve Quality of Eye Care, on Thursday, April 2 from 11:00–12:30 in International Conference Room 2.

See the February Ophthalmic Educators Letter for a detailed list of education sessions at APAO.

Future Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators in Vienna, Bogotá and Las Vegas

Attend additional Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators in 2015 in conjunction with the supranational societies and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Register now or review the agenda for the Vienna Conference for Educators on June 5, 2015.

Register now or learn more about the Bogotá Conference for Educators on August 4, 2015.

Learn more about the Las Vegas Conference for Educators on November 14, 2015.

11 Tips and Tools for Avoiding Presentation Disasters

The article, 11 Tips and Tools for Avoiding Presentation Disasters, by Bruna Martinuzzi presents strategies and suggestions to deal with and to avoid potential PowerPoint, computer, and Internet problems during presentations.

Access the article on presentation tips.

Instrumentation for Eyecare Paraprofessionals

The book, Instrumentation for Eyecare Paraprofessionals, by Michelle Pett Herrin, CO, COMT, details the instruments used to determine visual acuity, the refractive state of the eye, the binocular status of the eye, intraocular pressure, visual field, and the health of the retina.

Each instrument is provided with a general description, its use and purpose, and maintenance. Equipment found in the optical lab is also discussed.

Review the book description on the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology website.

Physics in Context: Light and Optical Systems

“Learning in Context” is an online supplement for Cord Communication’s textbooks. The online supplement for the Light and Optical Systems chapter of the Physics in Context book provides a collection of additional learning materials for ray optics, wave optics, and laser light.

Explore the light and optical systems resources now.

Ophthalmic Procedures in the Operating Room and Ambulatory Surgery Center

The book, Ophthalmic Procedures in the Operating Room and Ambulatory Surgery Center, edited by Annquinetta Dansby-Kelly, RN, CRNO, and published by the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses, describes the role of nurses and other personnel in surgical procedures to provide the best patient care.

Review the book description on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website.

Teaching the Teachers Supporters

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Abbott Medical Optics Inc. (AMO) and Santen Pharmaceutical Co. 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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