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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

February 2016

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the launch of the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) at the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Guadalajara! If you were not able to attend the reception, we hope to see you at future ICO-OEG events. We look forward to advancing ophthalmic education as an important subspecialty. Visit educators.icoph.org/ICO-OEG to learn more and to join if you have not already. Membership is free.

This month we have a full issue offering a wide variety of excellent resources for all ophthalmic educators, including upcoming sessions of our online course “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions,” and ICO education sessions at the May 2016 XIII International Congress of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO).

We hope you provide feedback on the draft ICO Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum, and consider joining our Training Teams to Meet Public Needs Committee. Also, please help spread the word to your colleagues about the David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship opportunity.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Vinod Gauba, Helena Prior Filipe, and Sherri Morgan 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

Feedback Requested: ICO Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery is now available online for review and comment.

Chaired by Santosh Honavar, MD, FACS, and Christine Nelson, MD, the Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum Committee has endeavored 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.

We ask that you consider the content’s accuracy, ease of adaptability, and relevance to your region, and provide your feedback to the Oculoplastics Curriculum Committee in the comments section.

Subspecialty curricula for cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery; neuro-ophthalmology; and glaucoma are available for download from the ICO website. Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus will be available for review and comment later this year.

Review and comment on the draft Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Access finalized ICO curricula.

Apply Now: ICO Online Course Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the ICO’s online course, “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions.” We are now accepting applications for two sessions of the course.

“Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions” is designed to be valuable for all teachers––even if you have limited experience utilizing online tools and software in your teaching. Participants will learn to generate interactions that foster knowledge and critical thinking, as well as how to use different approaches when teaching facts, concepts, procedures, processes, and principles.

The application deadline for the first session is March 4, and the session will run March 21–May 20, 2016.

The application deadline for the second session is March 21, and the session will run April 4–June 3, 2016.

“Transforming Lectures” is the most popular online course from the ICO to date, and we have updated our enrollment process to accommodate more participants. The course requires approximately 2–3 hours per week, and typically can be completed in 8 weeks.

Apply now to participate in the upcoming session of the online course, “Transforming Lectures.”

Review the course syllabus for more information.

Recruiting for ICO Training Teams Committee Members

The ICO Training Teams to Meet Public Needs Committee is seeking new members who will be proactive and involved.

The committee’s purpose is to promote teamwork in training and practice and hopes to contribute to efficient, high quality comprehensive eye care by training teams in ophthalmology.

Respondents need to provide a description of their interests and skills, including their curriculum vitae (CV), and note how their participation in the committee would benefit their country or region.

Expectations of committee members include:

  • Current involvement in teaching and/or training;
  • Quick and responsive communication, particularly email correspondence; and
  • Able to proactively provide input to the committee’s terms of reference.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have him or her contact the ICO by completing this form and emailing their CV to educators@icoph.org by March 31, 2016.

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.

Ophthalmic Educator Sessions at MEACO May 4, 2016

If you are attending the MEACO Congress in Bahrain May 4-8, 2016, please join the ICO on Wednesday, May 4 for a series of sessions dedicated to ophthalmic education.

ICO workshops on Critical Thinking, Performance Assessment Methods (Residents, Faculty, Program), How to Write Multiple Choice Questions, and Large Group Instruction will be held with a concluding symposium, “Improving Educational Effectiveness.”

The steering committee organizing these sessions is chaired by ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, and includes Drs. Jamal Bleik, Manal Bouhaimed, Eduardo Mayorga, Amel Ouertani, and Gabriela Palis.

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) and MEACO will hold a related reception on May 3, 2016. Details to be announced shortly. Learn more about the ICO-OEG at educators.icoph.org/ICO-OEG

Learn more about the education sessions at MEACO.

View the MEACO scientific program online

Center for Teaching Excellence: Technology Solutions

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has collected succinct documents that describe useful ideas and practical methods for effective teaching. The technology solutions page identifies a number of common instructional challenges, such as "My students come to class unprepared," "My students don't ask questions in class," etc. Solutions based on one or more educational technologies are provided with an explanation of how it can help to solve that particular challenge.

Access technology solutions for instructional challenges now.

Understanding Bloom’s Taxonomy Revised

Educators will find their work far more successful by understanding and applying how students learn different levels of knowledge. Leslie Owen Wilson of the University of Wisconsin, United States, presents a concise but comprehensive summarization of Bloom's classic cognitive taxonomy in “Anderson and Krathwohl – Bloom’s Taxonomy Revised.”

Discussion of how and why the taxonomy has been updated, and how it can be effectively applied in practice is provided. This is a useful article for educators seeking to create effective learning objectives for their educational experiences and accurately assess their accomplishment.

Read “Anderson and Krathwohl – Bloom’s Taxonomy Revised” online now.

Technology Blog: Teaching Professor Tips App

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses using the app “Teaching Professor Tips,” which delivers a daily teaching tip to your smartphone or tablet.

Review the blog post to learn more about this app.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Best Practices in Teaching Ophthalmology to Medical Students

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Survey of Ophthalmology article, “A Systematic Review of Best Practices in Teaching Ophthalmology to Medical Students,” by Drs. Tony Succar, John Grigg, Hilary A. Beaver, and Andrew G. Lee.

Access the article on the education blog.

ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group

We invite you to join the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), a Special Interest Group of the ICO. Collaborate, network, and learn with ophthalmic educators from around the world. Membership is free.

Learn more about the ICO-OEG.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Santen Pharmaceutical Co. and Abbott.

We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

WOC2018: 16–19 June 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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