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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

March 2016

In this month’s issue, we are pleased to include events and other resources for ophthalmic educators, such as upcoming ophthalmic educator events and sessions at the May 2016 XIII International Congress of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) and the opportunity to participate in our Training Teams to Meet Public Needs Committee. In addition, your feedback on the draft ICO Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum is encouraged to ensure the global relevancy of the document.

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

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 for Residents, Faculty, and Programs; How to Write Multiple Choice Questions; and Large Group Instruction will be held with a concluding symposium, “Improving Educational Effectiveness.”

The steering committee and faculty organizing these sessions are ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, and Drs. Nadiya Alkharousi, Jamal Bleik, Manal Bouhaimed, Essam Eltoukhy, Simon Keightley, Eduardo Mayorga, Shahzad Mian, Amel Ouertani, and Gabriela Palis.

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) and MEACO will hold a related reception on May 3, 2016. See below for additional details.

Learn more about the education sessions at MEACO.

View the MEACO scientific program online.

RSVP for ICO-OEG Reception May 3, 2016

The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) and MEACO will host a reception for all interested in ophthalmic education on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Golden Tulip Hotel, Manama, Bahrain––the evening prior to the start of the MEACO Congress.

Please join us for an opportunity to meet with ophthalmic educators from the region and ICO Education Leaders to discuss this exciting new Special Interest Group and to preview the educational sessions at the MEACO Congress.

The ICO-OEG was formed to support educators and teachers of ophthalmology and to encourage recognition of ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology. The ICO-OEG will provide a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

RSVP now for the reception.

Learn more about the ICO-OEG.

Respond by April 15: 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 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
  • Ability 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 April 15, 2016.

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted their CVs and expressed interest in participating on this committee. We will respond to all requests by April 30, 2016.

Please Comment: ICO Oculoplastics Subspecialty

The ICO is seeking review and comments on the draft ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery, which is available online until April 30, 2016.

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 Curriculum’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.

Announcing 2016 Eyexcel Course

The August 2–5, 2016, Eyexcel Course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” helps to facilitate the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs–ultimately increasing the availability of regional eye care.

Eyexcel prepares eye hospital teams to deliver high-quality training on a regular basis. The 2016 course will focus primarily on allied ophthalmic personnel training needs. Participants will define the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities. The Eyexcel course will focus on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

The course is co-sponsored by Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), the Seva Foundation, and the ICO, and is held at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India. Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under "What to Teach" for Allied Eye Care Personnel.

Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is July 15, 2016. For information about Eyexcel, see the course description or contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.

Guide to Scientific Publishing from ARVO

The “Guide to Scientific Publishing” from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) intends to provide the resources necessary to publish high-quality and appropriately peer-reviewed research. Many researchers are unaware of, or lack access to, resources to help them with these tasks.

The guide addresses: researchers who seek to publish manuscripts in eye and vision science journals; researchers who have been asked to peer-review articles for eye and vision science journals; and research mentors who desire resources for teaching these concepts.

Access to the guide is limited to ARVO members who will be required to log in to view the guide.

Access the Guide to Scientific Publishing now.

Center for Teaching Excellence: Curriculum Design and Renewal

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has developed an online resource to support curriculum design and renewal to assist departments undertaking new program design, program renewal, or those involved in program reviews. This site provides an overview of the four phases encompassed by curriculum development and renewal: design and development, implementation, formative assessment, and program review and accreditation.

The key steps and associated tasks for each phase are described. These resources are designed for anyone involved with curriculum design and renewal, particularly those who are leading such projects.

Access the curriculum design and renewal resources now.

Resources for Ocular Emergencies

“Resources for Ocular Emergencies” from the Life in the Fast Lane website, collects useful online learning resources for common ocular emergencies for emergency physicians.

Access the ocular emergencies resources now.

Chiefs’ Rounds from Wills Eye Hospital

The “Chiefs’ Rounds” from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia are streamed online live weekly on Friday mornings (US Eastern Time) at no cost. They are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The case-based learning experience is designed as an ongoing update for practicing ophthalmologists engaged in comprehensive and subspecialty practice, as well as for ophthalmologists in training. Registration in advance is necessary.

Learn more about Chiefs’ Rounds or register.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Simulation-Based Training and Assessment in Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Ophthalmology article, “Update on Simulation-Based Training and Assessment in Ophthalmology,” by Drs. Anna S. S. Thompson, Yousif Subhi, Jens Folke Külgaard, Morten la Cour, and Lars Konge.

Access the article on the education blog.

Technology Blog: Face-to-Face Meeting as Continuous and Effective Learning Experience

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses transforming a face-to-face meeting into a continuous and more effective learning experience. This post presents the limitations of medical meetings and congresses have regarding their impact on learning and different ways of enhancing the effectiveness and reach of meetings. Pros and cons of the suggested actions are outlined, and a stepwise approach to make changes is suggested.

Review the blog post to learn more.

Funding for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter is provided in part by Abbott 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.

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