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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

January 2016

We hope to see many of you at the World Ophthalmology Congress® of the ICO February 5–9, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

An exciting development at WOC2016 is launch of the new ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). We hope you will share our enthusiasm and interest in advancing ophthalmic educators and teachers by joining this new special interest group of the ICO.

Also of special interest to ophthalmic educators, the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) at WOC2016 spotlights ophthalmic education through eight symposia and courses. There are still a few seats open at the keynote lunch on February 6. More information about the WOEC is listed below.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Vinod Gauba 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

Announcing the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group

The ICO is pleased to announce the launch of the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). The purpose of this new special interest group of the ICO is to recognize ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology and to support educators and teachers of ophthalmology. We aim to provide a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education. There is no membership fee to join.

We invite you to join the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) and attend a special inaugural reception at WOC2016 in Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 17:45-19:00pm in Expo room Arcos.

With your assistance, we can reach ophthalmic educators and teachers globally. Please share this information with anyone in your network who has an interest in ophthalmic education.

Learn more about the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group.

RSVP to attend the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group Reception at WOC2016 in Guadalajara.

World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium

Join us at WOC2016 in Guadalajara for 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.

Eight courses and symposia will be held February 6–8, 2015. Review the WOEC session schedule.

The luncheon of the WOEC is Saturday, February 6th from 12:00 to 13:45 in room Mexico I at the Hilton Guadalajara. There is still room for more attendees. Please RSVP to save your place.

Access WOC Course Materials in Advance: Improving Your Presentation Skills

The WOEC course “Tips for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Your Presentation Skills” will be a “flipped classroom.” Access course materials in advance to facilitate deeper learning and a better course experience. Please note this is not mandatory to participate in the course.

Session instructors will be modeling how to apply modern educational techniques and technology to improve presentations and lectures. "Tips for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Your Presentation Skills" is part of the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium during WOC2016. The course will be on Monday, February 8 from 10:30–12:00 at the Expo Guadalajara, Room Joya I.

Access course materials in advance of the session.

ICO Residency Curriculum: Updated for Inclusive Practice

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been updated to incorporate considerations for making ophthalmic practice accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, including low vision or blindness, deafness and physical disabilities.

ICO Director for Education Karl Golnik, MD worked with Babar Qureshi, MD of the Eastern Mediterranean Region of CBM and Community Eye Health Section Committee Member Daksha Patel, MD, to incorporate considerations of inclusion into the Educators and Community Eye Health Sections of the ICO Residency Curriculum.

Additionally, CBM has published a manual, "Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs," which is available to download for free.

Access the Community Eye Health Section online.

Download the full ICO Residency Curriculum.

Download the CBM manual, "Inclusion Made Easy in Eye Health Programs."

Ukrainian Translation: ICO Residency Curriculum

The ICO Residency Curriculum’s "year one" basic level has been translated into Ukrainian and is available for download on the ICO website. The translation is presented in a dual language format with English and Ukrainian side by side.

Appreciation is extended to volunteer translator Olena Hurzhii and reviewer Oksana Vitovska.

The curriculum offers an international consensus on what residents in ophthalmology should be taught. While the ICO curriculum provides a standardized content outline for ophthalmic training, it has been designed to be revised and modified, with the precise local details for implementation left to the region’s educators.

The ICO Residency Curriculum has been utilized in Cambodia, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, South Africa, Austria, Tunisia, and other countries. It is endorsed by the European Board of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology.

Access the ICO Residency Curriculum and translations.

Updated and Translated: Medical Student Handbook

The ICO Handbook for Medical Students Learning Ophthalmology has been adapted and translated into Spanish by Juan Carlos García de la Riva of the postgraduate program at Instituto de Ciencias de la Vision.

The handbook was developed by the ICO Task Force on Ophthalmic Education of Medical Students in 2009.

Access the original and updated handbook in English

Access the handbook in Spanish.

Center for Teaching Excellence: Educational Technologies

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has collected succinct documents that describe useful ideas and practical methods for effective teaching. The teaching tips for educational technologies include information on clickers, wikis, concept mapping tools, Twitter, screencasts, and more. Additionally, the technology solutions page identifies a number of common instructional challenges and solutions.

Access educational technologies tips and resources now.

RCSI Basic Surgical Skills Videos

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) Basic Skills Videos surgical library offers clear, simple and well illustrated short videos on basic surgical skills. Basic techniques are covered, such as universal knot tying principles, horizontal and vertical mattress sutures, and subcuticular sutures using a skills board that helps the trainee to then practice the observed skills.

Access the video library now.

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons

Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) is a behavior rating system for surgeons from The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. NOTSS allows surgeons to give feedback to colleagues and trainees based on structured observations of non-technical aspects of performance in four categories of non-technical skills: Situation Awareness, Decision Making, Communication and Teamwork, and Leadership.

Learn more and request a copy of the handbook.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Progress in Ophthalmic Education

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology article, “One-Year Progress in Ophthalmic Education: Annual Review” by Eduardo Mayorga, Karl Golnik, and Gabriela Palis.

Access the article on the education blog.

Technology Blog: Control Your Presentation From Your Phone

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses using the Office Remote app to control your PowerPoint presentation using your smartphone.

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 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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