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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

September 2015

This month we are excited to offer a wide variety of excellent resources for all ophthalmic educators, including in-person activities for those attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting in Las Vegas, USA this November and the World Ophthalmology Congress® in Guadalajara, Mexico February 5–9, 2016.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Lynn Anderson, William Ehlers, Helena Prior Filipe, Karl Golnik, Susan Lightman, Eduardo Mayorga, and Sophie Seguin-Greenstein 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

November 2015: Las Vegas Conference for Ophthalmic

Join us for the Las Vegas Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" 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 own teaching interventions. Based on their own particular interests, participants will have the option to choose from a variety of workshops and group discussion.

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.

Download the Conference agenda.

Add SYM02 to your AAO Meeting schedule now.

ICO–Sponsored Education Courses During AAO 2015

Please join us at these ICO-sponsored courses for educators during AAO 2015: 

“Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures” (Course 486) on Monday, November 14, 2–3 p.m. in Sands Expo/Venetian, Room Marco Polo 805. The course will provide concrete information and tools for making lectures more engaging, active, and effective. An Academy Plus Course Pass is required to attend.

“How to Use Free Technology to Add Interactivity to Face-to-Face Lectures and Presentations” (Lab 146) on Monday, November 16, 3–4:30 p.m. in Sands Expo/Venetian, Room Titian 2201. This lab will cover the principles, strategies, and techniques of lecture interactivity. Attendees will actively participate using their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. A Skills Transfer Lab Fee is required to attend the lab.

Search the AAO Program for Course 486 and Lab 146.

Review course abstracts and Conference for Educators Agenda.

WOEC Sessions: Teaching Ophthalmology to Medical Students and Preparing Good Multiple Choice Exams

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques during the World Ophthalmology Congress® in Guadalajara, Mexico, February 5–9, 2016. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. 

As part of the WOEC, the symposium, “Teaching Ophthalmology to Medical Students and General Doctors: What's New Around the World?” will be held Saturday, February 6 from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I.

The workshop “Preparing a Good Multiple Choice Question Exam for Your Students” will be held in the afternoon February 6 from 2–3:30 p.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I.

Review the WOEC Session Schedule.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

ICO International Guidelines for Accreditation of Ophthalmology Residency Training Programs

The ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee has developed recommended guidelines for ophthalmology residency training programs. The Guidelines can be used as written or adapted for local needs by residency program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.

The ICO strongly believes that accreditation of eye care training programs, at all levels for the eye care team, is essential to ensure the quality of training and ultimately delivery of the best eye care. The Guidelines are available in PDF and MS Word format to facilitate adaptation.

Access the Accreditation Guidelines.

Ophthalmology Training

The website, Ophthalmology Training, covers the core principles of ophthalmology and common eye disorders. This introduction to ophthalmology using quality animations is an excellent resource for ophthalmologists starting training, as well as allied eye care personnel, medical students, and general practitioners.

This site requires a login and fee to access the coursework. Ophthalmology Training has offered a discount code for the ICO. Please use the code ICO2015 to receive a 25% discount on the 1- or 3-month subscriptions.

Learn more about or subscribe to Ophthalmology Training.

Webinar: Promoting Resilience, Empathy, and Well-being in the Health Professions

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is offering a free webinar, “Promoting Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions: An Educational Imperative,” led by Aviad Haramati on October 1, 2015, at 15:00 UK/BST Time.

Dr. Haramati will share recent developments from an international congress convened to address issues of chronic stress and burnout, and will discuss some of the interventions being employed for individuals and institutions that have been shown to reduce stress and promote resilience and well-being for students, faculty, and practitioners.

Learn more about the October 1 AMEE Webinar, and how to join the meeting.


The online text, Webvision: The Organization of the Retina and Visual System, edited by Helga Kolb, Ralph Nelson, Eduardo Fernandez, and Bryan Jones, summarizes recent advances in knowledge and understanding of the visual system for all things related to retina and vision science.

Access Webvision now.

OphthoRoot Videos

Related to OphthoBook and RootAtlas by Timothy Root, the OphthoRoot Videos are free-to-access full-motion video and animation segments on various introductory topics in ophthalmology.

View the videos and explore other resources from Timothy Root.

CME Activity: Unmet Needs in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Infectious Uveitis

This free Medscape activity by C. Stephen Foster, MD and Halea K. Meese, MS, reviews the most up-to-date approaches in the treatment of patients with uveitis. Participants will be able to identify the risks for and signs and symptoms of uveitis, evaluate treatment guidelines for non-infectious uveitis and summarize the mechanisms and applications of current and emerging therapeutic options for non-infectious uveitis.

A free user-account is required to access this activity. CME credits are offered through August 12, 2016.

View the activity now.

Technology Blog: Hidden Tricks in PowerPoint

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses tricks in PowerPoint using the right button of your mouse.

Review the blog post and included video to learn more about these tips.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Peer-Teaching of Evidence-Based Medicine

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends The Clinical Teacher article, “Peer-Teaching of Evidence-Based Medicine,” by Eliot Rees, Yashashwi Sinha, Abhishek Chitnis, James Archer, Victoria Fotheringham, and Stephen Renwick.

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

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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