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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

April 2015

The next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators will be in Vienna, Austria, prior to the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress. It will be a day of workshops and discussion for those interested in ophthalmic education. There is still room for more participants!

We encourage you to participate in the next WOC2016 in Guadalajara by submitting an abstract. 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 Vienna Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on June 5

Everyone involved or interested in ophthalmic education is welcome to attend this informative, one-day Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on June 5, 2015, in Vienna prior to the SOE Congress.

This full-day conference is intended to support those teaching in the field of ophthalmology, expanding your competencies and tools so you can better instruct students, residents, or fellows.” The Conference is co-sponsored by the ICO and the SOE.

Workshops will be held on presentation skills, curriculum development and implementation, critical thinking, and other topics. Participants will have the choice to attend group discussions in special interest areas, such as resident educational standards, subspecialty training, continuing professional development, and medical student education.

Registration includes lunch and light refreshments. A Certificate of Participation will be provided at the conclusion of the Conference. Registration for the SOE Congress is not required to attend the Conference for Educators.

We look forward to your joining us in Vienna.

Register now or learn more about the Vienna Conference for Educators on June 5, 2015.

Download the updated agenda.

Future Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators in Bogotá and Las Vegas

The Conferences for Ophthalmic Educators are tailored to each region and open to anyone interested in education or in improving their own teaching interventions.

If you cannot join us in Vienna, we hope to see you at these additional Conferences in 2015 in conjunction with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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.

Submit Your Abstracts for WOC2016 by June 1, 2015!

The Scientific Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for presentation at the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Congress of Ophthalmology, February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Online submission of abstracts is now open at: www.wocabstracts.org. Abstracts may be submitted in English or Spanish, and the deadline for submission is June 1, 2015.

The following abstract presentation types will be considered:

  • Free Papers: Presentations of five minutes, followed by three minutes of discussion
  • Posters: Electronic display of the latest research results
  • Videos: Videos 1–5 minutes in length Instruction
  • Courses: Submit a topic and a suggested list of speakers for these 90-minute sessions. In a short synopsis, describe the content of the course, target audience, and educational goals.


Read the Abstract Submission Instructions

Register for WOC2016 and find more detailed information about the Congress.

Methods for Measuring Outcomes

Accreditation of learning events is an important component of good continuing professional development and continuing medical education (CPD/CME) practices.

The "Methods for Measuring Outcomes" document from the Medical Society of Virginia provides examples of methods for measuring each level of outcomes based on Moore’s Expanded Outcomes Framework for Assessing Learners and Evaluating Instructional Activities. Sample evaluation tools are included.

Download the Methods for Measuring Outcomes document.

Technology Blog: Utilizing Smartphone Apps for Ophthalmology

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses utilizing smartphone applications (apps) as job aids. Review the post to learn more about utilizing apps in ophthalmology and some suggested apps to explore using with your learners.

Learn more on the tech blog.

Care & Handling of Ophthalmic Microsurgical Instruments

The Care & Handling of Ophthalmic Microsurgical Instruments, 3rd edition, edited by Cathy Henning, from the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN), outlines in detail the correct methods of proper instrument care and handling for sterilizing, storing and maintaining instruments used in an ophthalmic practice.

Access the ASORN publications list to review the curriculum for ophthalmic nursing.

11 Easy Ways to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking

The article, “11 Easy Ways to Finally Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking,” by Bruna Martinuzzi, presents practical tips to help manage performance anxiety prior to and during presentations.

Access the article on public speaking tips.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Implementing a Resident Research Program to Overcome Barriers

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Academic Medicine article, “Implementing a Resident Research Program to Overcome Barriers to Resident Research,” by Michael B. Rothberg, MD, MPH; Reva Kleppel, MSW, MPH; Jennifer L. Friderici, MS; and Kevin Hinchey, MD.

A step-wise implementation of specific changes in an Internal medicine residency program is described and is intended to facilitate the successful completion of resident research projects.

Read more and access the article on the education blog

Recently Added from the AAO’s ONE Network

These resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s ONE Network are excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.

Sugar Junkie


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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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