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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

December 2015

As we close 2015, we extend our best wishes for the season and for peace and happiness in the New Year. Thank you for your efforts to improve ophthalmic education, your own teaching, and your contributions to medical education worldwide. 

We would like to thank our Editorial Board members Drs. Vinod Gauba, Helena Prior Filipe, and Karl Golnik 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

WOEC Sessions: Training Teams and Tips for Ophthalmic Educators

Come to the February 5–9, 2016, World Ophthalmology Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, and join us February 6–8 at the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and courses that spotlight a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. The WOEC is open to all WOC registrants as part of the scientific program.

As part of the WOEC, the symposium “Training Teams to Meet the Public Needs of Eye Care” will be Monday, February 8 from 8:30–10 a.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I. Various aspects of the rationale and implementation of training teams and interprofessional education will be discussed. By the end of this symposium, participants will be able to discuss the rationale of training teams for improving eye care, and consider different aspects of implementation.

The course “Tips for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Your Presentation Skills” will be Monday, February 8 from 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I. Session instructors will be modelling how to apply modern educational techniques and technology to improve presentations and lectures.

Review the WOEC session schedule.

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

ICO-OSCAR:Phaco Available in Russian

The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) for Phacoemulsification has been translated into Russian. We thank the participants of the Moscow Residency Program Directors Course for their review of the translation. 

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.

ICO-OSCAR:Phaco in Russian.

See all available ICO-OSCARs and related translations.

David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship

Six scholarships for online distance learning Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology are available for early-career students from sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and South America. Funding has been provided by the David E I Pyott Foundation.

The scholarships will be awarded to students who are accepted for admission to the online distance learning Master of Surgery (ChM) in Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh. Applications are due June 29, 2016.

Learn more about the scholarship opportunity.

Learn more about the Master of Surgery program in Clinical Ophthalmology.

ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery aims to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, with the intention that the curriculum be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs.

This and other final ICO subspecialty training curricula are available for viewing or download from the ICO website. ICO curricula can be downloaded in Microsoft Word, PDF, or Google Doc formats at: icoph.org/curricula.html. Comments on the curricula are encouraged and can be submitted online at icocurriculum.blogspot.com for consideration during future revisions and updates.

Funding for the Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery Subspecialty Curriculum is provided in part by AcuFocus, Inc. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

Access and download ICO Curricula now.

WillsEye Knowledge Portal

The WillsEye Knowledge Portal from Wills Eye Hospital provides online learning for ophthalmologists, allied health, and industry professionals. A free user-account is required to access content.

Continuing medical education activities are offered in all eye subspecialties. Other features are physician lectures, surgical videos, and Chiefs’ rounds.

Access the WillsEye Knowledge Portal.

Human Reliability Analysis of Cataract Surgery

In the Archives of Ophthalmology paper, “Human Reliability Analysis of Cataract Surgery,” Dr. Vinod Gauba and co-authors describe the applications of the concepts of Human Reliability Analysis (used routinely in nuclear and aviation industries) to cataract surgery and introduce a validated tool for this purpose.

Access the article at no cost.

Center for Teaching Excellence: Blended Learning

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has collected succinct documents that describe useful ideas and practical methods for effective teaching.

The resource for blended learning includes a description of blended learning, flipped classrooms and their benefits. Resources for blended learning include tip sheets for flipped classroom course design and best practices.

Access blended learning resources now.

Retina Image Bank

The Retina Image Bank, from the American Society of Retina Specialists, includes clinical disease, anatomy, education, and treatment. It is an excellent source for self-study and teaching. New images are uploaded each month, and practicing ophthalmologists are encouraged to contribute images, case series, and diagrams.

Visit the retina image bank now.

Technology Blog: Better Communications with Spelling and Grammar Check

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses utilizing “Grammarly” to assist in checking for contextual spelling and grammar mistakes.

Review the blog post and included video to learn more about this tip.

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.

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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