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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

July 2015

For those of you attending the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress in Bogotá, Colombia we look forward to seeing you at the Bogotá Conference for Ophthalmic Educators “Trends and Evidence to Improve Your Teaching Skills” on August 4. If you have not yet registered, there is still room for you to join us at the Conference for Educators on August 4. Register now!

We would like to thank our editors Evan Waxman, Lynn Anderson, William Ehlers, and Helena Prior Filipe for their contributions this month. Read on for more events and resources for your teaching and students.

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

Apply Now: ICO Online Course Transforming Lectures Into Effective Teaching Interventions

Do not miss another opportunity to participate in the ICO’s online course, Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions. New participants will begin the course after August 10. The new deadline to apply for this session is August 6, 2015. 

This is the most popular online course from the ICO to date, and we have updated our enrollment process to accommodate more participants. The course requires approximately 2–3 hours per week, and typically can be completed in 8–10 weeks.

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 now to participate in the upcoming session of the online course, Transforming Lectures.

Download the course flyer for more information.

Attend the ICO Examinations Symposium at the PAAO Congress

Attend the ICO Examinations Symposium during the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Congress on Wednesday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m.–noon in Sala 6 (main floor). This session will be chaired by ICO Examinations Clinical Science Section Leader, Luis Amaya, MD, FRCOphth.

Participants will learn about the value of ICO Examinations and online assessments, including essential information to help you successfully pass the ICO Examinations.

Access the PAAO Program.

Learn more about ICO Examinations.

November 2015: Las Vegas Conference for Ophthalmic Educators

The Las Vegas Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" will be held on November 14, 2015, from 2–5:30 p.m., during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, USA. 

The Las Vegas Conference is open to all AAO registrants at no additional charge and is intended for anyone interested in education or in improving their teaching interventions. Based on their own particular interests, participants will have the option to choose from a variety of workshops and group discussions.

Add the Conference to your schedule by searching “SYM02” in the AAO program browser.

Learn more about the November 14, 2015, Las Vegas Conference for Educators. Open to all AAO 2015 registrants.

Add SYM02 to your AAO Meeting schedule now.

Attend the PAAO Symposium: Essential Skills for Ophthalmic Teachers

Attend the symposium, Essential Skills for Ophthalmic Teachers, during the PAAO Congress on Wednesday, August 5 from 8 a.m.–10:30 a.m. in Sala 8 (second floor). This session will be chaired by Dr. Gabriela Palis, with Drs. Karl Golnik, Helena Filipe, Marlene Vogel, Peter Quiros, Susan Ksiazek, Eduardo Mayorga and Luz Marino Melo presenting.

Participants will learn about the roles and competencies of good teachers, assessment principles, e-learning, learning in small groups, and delivering a good lecture. Additional topics will include building learning around problems, how to implement an outcome-based curriculum and the “FAIR” educational principles of Feedback, Activity, Individualization, and Relevance.

Access the PAAO Program for Sym202: Essential Skills for Ophthalmic Teachers.

Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course Available in Chinese: 在线糖尿病视网膜病变分级自主学习课程

The Online Self-Directed Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course is available from the University of Melbourne, Minum Barreng, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia. In addition to English, the course is now available in Chinese, as well as French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Urdu.

This self-led course is designed to provide training in grading diabetic retinopathy. The course is organized in several parts and includes practice quiz sessions for each. A final competency-based exam evaluates the user's ability to accurately detect and grade diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, and to provide appropriate referral plans, according to Australian National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines. Please note a free user account is necessary to begin the course.

由墨尔本大学 - Minum Barreng计划(国家视力健康计划), 以及澳洲眼科研究中心(Centre for Eye Research Australia)提供的免费线上糖尿病视网膜病变分级自主学习课程。此自学课程目的在于提供关于糖尿病视网膜病变的训练。

此课程分为几部分,每一部分都包含实际练习单元。依据澳大利亚国家卫生和医学研究理事会 (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council) 指引,并以最终能力测验来评估参与者是否具备对于视网膜病变和黄斑水肿正确的检测和分级能力因此来提供适合的推荐计划。在开始课程之前,请先申请免费帐号。


Access the Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course in all languages.


Everyday OCT: A Handbook for Clinicians and Technicians/Schuman

The book, Everyday OCT: A Handbook for Clinicians & Technicians, by Joel S. Schuman, MD, Carmen A Puliafito, MD, MBA, and James G. Fugimoto, PhD, is a user friendly, practical reference that provides all of the information eyecare professionals need to know about the principles, applications, and interpretations of optical coherence tomography (OCT).

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

Pitt Supercourse: Ophthalmology Lectures

The University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt Supercourse is an online library of lectures on global health and prevention designed to improve the teaching of prevention. By utilizing the keyword search, ophthalmology lectures can be found on a variety of topics such as epidemiology, community ophthalmology, tropical ophthalmology, and diabetic retinopathy.

Access the Pitt Supercourse.

View the available ophthalmology lectures under the keyword search.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Modified Use of Team-Based Learning

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Advances in Physiology Education article, “Modified Use of Team-Based Learning in an Ophthalmology Course for Fifth-Year Medical Students,” by Drs. Levent Altintas, Ozgul Altintas, Yusuf Caglar.

The strategy of team-based learning was adapted to a cornea module of an ophthalmology course for fifth-year medical students. The feedback from students was then evaluated.

Read more about the conclusions 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.

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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.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co.

We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

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