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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

August 2015

We are excited to announce in-person and online events and resources this month, including opportunities to join an online medical education meeting, and to contribute to journals and websites, as well as diabetic retinopathy resources.

In addition, the ICO is organizing with the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) a Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on November 14, 2015, from 2–5:30 p.m., during the AAO’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, USA.  If you are attending, add the Conference to your schedule by searching “SYM02” in the AAO program browser.

We would like to thank our editors Lynn Anderson, William Ehlers, Helena Prior Filipe, Karl Golnik, and Evan Waxman 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

AMEE 2015 Meeting Offers Online Participation

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is offering online registration to their annual meeting, “AMEE 2015 Live,” September 6–9, 2015.

With online registration, individuals who cannot attend the conference in Glasgow, Scotland, are able to participate in events and sessions from a location of their choosing. A broadband internet connection allows online registrants to engage in AMEE live session discussions and ask questions. Sessions can also be accessed afterwards for up to one year. 

If you are attending AMEE in person, there will be a two-day eLearning Symposium on September 5–6, “Shaping the Future of Technology-Enhanced Learning.” Registration is separate for this Symposium.

Learn more or register for AMEE 2015 Live.

Review the provisional program for AMEE Live.

Learn more about the eLearning Symposium.

Call for Submissions: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology

The Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology has issued a call for submissions for its 50th anniversary issue on “Contemporary Ophthalmological Practice and Education.” The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 2, 2015.

The journal is inviting authors to submit review articles, clinical and educational research, case series and case report papers, as well as letters to the editor that will inform readers about current issues and trends in contemporary ophthalmology education and practice. Examples of topics include:

  • Ophthalmology medical education landscape and trends - past, present, and future
  • Trends in ophthalmology practice patterns
  • Ophthalmology and allied health practitioners, changing scopes of practice
  • Ophthalmology manpower issues and trends.

Interested authors should submit manuscripts via the journal website. Authors are requested to clearly state in the introductory letter that their manuscript is intended for this special issue. For further information or questions, please contact the journal’s editorial office at: cjo@cos-sco.ca.

Submit your manuscript.

ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care: Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

In addition to English, the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care are now available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Following extensive review of diabetic eye care guidelines used around the world, the ICO Task Force on Diabetic Eye Care developed this comprehensive consensus. The ICO Guidelines offer recommendations for screening, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. Intended to support the needs of a variety of regions, the ICO Guidelines are stratified in three levels to respond to settings with high, medium, or low available resources. 

The ICO Guidelines are also a resource for medical educators, as emphasizing diabetic eye care in teaching materials for residents, medical students, and other learners is critical in efforts to improve the quality of eye care for patients.

Access the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care in all available languages.

Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course Available in Urdu: ذیابیطس سے پردۂِ چشم کو ہونے والے نقصان کی درجہ بندی کا آن لائن خود ہدایتی کورس

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 Urdu as well as Chinese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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 ability to accurately detect and grade diabetic retinopathy and macular edema, and 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.

ذیابیطس سے پردۂِ چشم کو ہونے والے نقصان کی درجہ بندی پر ایک نیا، مفت آن لائن خود ہدایتی کورس یونیورسٹی آف میلبورن، مینم بَیرنگ، اور سنٹر فار آئی ریسرچ (مرکزِ تحقیقِ چشم) آسٹریلیا سے دستیاب ہے۔یہ خود ہدایتی کورس ذیابیطس سے پردۂِ چشم کو ہونے والے نقصان کی درجہ بندی کی تربیت فراہم کرنے کے لئے مرتب کیا گیا ہے.

کورس کئی حصوں میں منظم کیا گیا ہے اور ہر حصے میں مشقی سوالات بھی شامل ہیں۔ مہارتی بنیادوں پر مشتمل ایک حتمی امتحان سے ذیابیطس سے پردۂِ چشم کو ہونے والے نقصان اور قرنیہ کے ورم کا صحیح طرح سے پتہ چلانے اور ان کی درجہ بندی کرنے کی صلاحیتوں کی قدر پیمائی کی جاتی ہے، اور آسٹریلین نیشنل ہیلتھ اینڈ میڈیکل ریسرچ کونسل کی ہدایات کے مطابق معالجاتی رجوع کے لیے مناسب منصوبے دیے جاتے ہیں۔ براہ مہربانی نوٹ کریں کہ کورس شروع کرنے کے لئے ایک مفت صارفی اکاؤنٹ ضروری ہے۔

کورس انگریزی، چینی، فرانسیسی، ہسپانوی، پرتگالی، اور اردو میں دستیاب ہے.

Access the Diabetic Retinopathy Grading Course in all languages.

آن لائن کورس تک رسائی حاصل کریں.

Guide to Subjective Refraction and Prescribing Glasses

The short reference book, “Subjective Refraction and Prescribing Glasses: Guide to Practical Techniques and Principles,” by Richard J. Kolker, MD, is available as a free PDF download from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) website.

The book reviews techniques and principles of refraction such as basic optics, standard methods of performing subjective refraction, tips to help with the process, as well as cases in a question and answer format. Please note that a free user-account is required to access the download.

Download the PDF from the JCAHPO website.


Ocular-Surface.org, from the Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology’s Ocular Surface and Contact Lens Group, was created as an online, peer-reviewed, case-based platform presenting ocular surface and external eye disease content through images, videos, and clinical case descriptions.

Qualified residents and ophthalmologists are invited to contribute content. The site will accept case reports on ocular surface, as well as photo and video submissions, to be reviewed for inclusion on the site.

Access Ocular-Surface.org now.


ThreePlus.org is a website that allows residents to track their cataract refractive outcomes. Currently, accounts are free but by invitation only. You can contact the site administrators to request an account.

Visit ThreePlus.org to request an account or view tutorials of the site.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Benefits of Diagnostic Competence from Practice with Clinical Cases

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Academic Medicine article, “How Can Students’ Diagnostic Competence Benefit Most from Practice with Clinical Cases? The Effects of a Structured Reflection on Future Diagnosis of the Same and Novel Diseases,” by Silvia Mamede, MD, PhD, Tamara van Gog, PhD, Alexandre Sampaio Moura, MD, PhD, Rosa Malena Delbone de Faria, MD, PhD, José Maria Peixoto, MD, MSc, and 
Henk G. Schmidt, PhD.

The authors investigated the effects of reflection on cases compared with an immediate decision or differential diagnosis. Results led the authors to conclude that structured reflection while practicing with cases enhanced learning of diagnosis, both of the diseases practiced and of their alternative diagnoses, suggesting that reflection not only could enrich mental representations of the diseases practiced with but also could influence the representations of adjacent but different diseases.

Read more about the conclusions and access the article on the education blog.

WOC2016: February 5-9 in Guadalajara, Mexico

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will offer a wide variety of symposia and workshops related to ophthalmic education. WOC2016 will also offer a cutting-edge scientific program, opportunities to network with leaders from around the world, and an exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Register at: www.woc2016.org

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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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