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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

October 2015

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Vinod Gauba, Lynn Anderson, William Ehlers, Helena Prior Filipe, and Karl Golnik for their contributions this month. Read on for events and resources for your teaching and students.

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

ICO-OSCAR:SICS Available in Spanish

The ICO Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS) has been translated into Spanish. We thank volunteer translator Dr. Francisco Beltrán Díaz de la Vega for his efforts to make the ICO-OSCARs more accessible. 

The ICO-OSCAR is a behavioral and skill-based rubric to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence. Evaluators use the rubric to objectively measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure. It also gives learners a tool to better gauge their own effectiveness.

Download the ICO-OSCAR:SICS in Spanish.

See all available ICO-OSCARs and related translations.

Attend Las Vegas Conference for Educators November 14

If you will be in Las Vegas for the 2015 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting, join us Saturday, November 14 from 2–5:30 p.m. for the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators.

The 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, including:

  • The Flipped Classroom
  • Mentorship
  • Small Group Teaching
  • Knowledge Assessment
  • Faculty and Program Assessment
  • Informal and Formal Face-to-Face Feedback for Trainees

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

Download the agenda and 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.

Online Course: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is running their popular online course, “Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services” starting November 9, 2015. The free course will explore practical, tried and tested approaches for strengthening local eye health services in resource limited settings. It is open to all health care providers, health managers, and non-governmental organization staff with a background and an interest in eye care health services.

The course requires approximately 4 hours a week, and the duration is 6 weeks.

Learn more about the course or sign up to participate.

WOEC Sessions: Bedside Teaching in Ophthalmology and Evidence-Based Education

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 debate “Bedside Teaching in Ophthalmology” will be held Saturday, February 6 from 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I.

The symposium “Evidence Based Education: Is It Possible?” will be held Monday, February 8 from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I.

Review the 2016 WOEC Session Schedule.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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 16, 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.

Learn more about Course 486.

Learn more about Lab 146.

Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum

The Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum developed by Dr. Wallace L. M. Alward is a teaching site for residents and others interested in learning about glaucoma. The content is organized into fifty short lectures, and in total, is just under 12 hours long. The site is highly visual with over 900 images and 90 movie clips.

Access the Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum now.

Designing Multiple Choice Questions

These “teaching tips” for designing multiple choice questions were developed by the Center for Teaching Excellence of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. They are free to access.

Review the strategy and design tips for multiple choice question development.

Best Practices Procedure for Instillation of Eye Drops and Ointments

The checklist, “Best Practices Procedure for Instillation of Eye Drops and Ointments,” by Dr. William Ehlers, is available as a free PDF download from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) website. Please note that a user-account is required to access the download.

Download the PDF from the JCAHPO website.

Virtual Cataract Surgery Course Manual for Ophthalmology Residents

The Virtual Cataract Surgery Course Manual for Ophthalmology Residents by Drs. Emily Li, Peter Fay, and Paul Greenberg of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, provides residents with an overview of cataract surgery and an opportunity to practice microsurgical skills in preparation for the operating room. The course document includes didactics and virtual surgery using the Eyesi simulator. The manual may serve as a useful guide for ophthalmic educators who have access to an Eyesi simulator for resident education.

Download the Virtual Cataract Surgery Course Manual.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Resident Duty Hour Restrictions Review

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends The Annals of Surgery article, “A Systematic Review of the Effects of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions in Surgery: Impact on Resident Wellness, Training, and Patient Outcomes,” by Dr. Najma Ahmed and collaborators.

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.

Office procedures for ocular surface diseases

Vision Rehabilitation: Legal Blindness, Hallucinations, Scotomas

Teaching the Teachers Supporters

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.

WOC2018: June 16-19, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

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. 

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website is open and the abstract submission deadline is 1 December 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, "WOC2018: Call for Abstracts."

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy. 

Check out the latest WOC details and sign up to receive updates via email: www.icoph.org/woc2018
 
With over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Register now!

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