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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

April 2016

We hope to see some of you in person at the upcoming May 2016 XIII International Congress of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO). Continue reading for details of the ICO’s ophthalmic education activities during the MEACO congress.

The ICO is offering two upcoming sessions of “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions,” our most popular online program to date.

We would like to thank our editorial board member Dr. Helena Prior Filipe for her 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

Reception and Sessions for Ophthalmic Educators at MEACO

Join the ICO for a reception and sessions on ophthalmic education at the XIII International Congress of the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) in Bahrain.

Reception for Ophthalmic Educators

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 Gilgamesh Ballroom of 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.

Sessions on Ophthalmic Education during MEACO Congress

The ICO will present workshops on Critical Thinking; Performance Assessment Methods for Residents, Faculty, and Programs; How to Write Multiple Choice Questions; and Large Group Instruction; as well as a symposium on “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.

Funding for these ICO ophthalmic education sessions is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

RSVP now for the reception.

Learn more about the education sessions at MEACO.

View the MEACO scientific program online.

Apply Now for ICO Online Course "Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions"

Apply now for the next sessions of the ICO’s online course, “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions.”

The online course 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 June 5, and the session will run June 20–August 20, 2016.

The application deadline for the second session is June 26, and the session will run July 11–September 9, 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. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

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

Review the course syllabus for more information.

Deadline Approaching: Comment on ICO Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum

The deadline to review and submit feedback on the draft ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery has been extended to May 15, 2016.

Chaired by Drs. Santosh Honavar and Christine Nelson, 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.

Before the curriculum is finalized, 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. The pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus subspecialty curriculum will be available for review and comment later this year.

Review and comment on the draft Oculoplastics Subspecialty Curriculum now.

Access finalized ICO curricula.

Journal of Clinical & Academic Ophthalmology

The Journal of Clinical & Academic Ophthalmology is an online, peer-reviewed journal that serves as a forum for the publication and scholarly exchange of ideas and information related to clinical and academic ophthalmology. Topics include medical education, resident and fellow training, research in health education, policy, and regulation. The journal is an electronic, peer-reviewed publication for articles contributing to the advancement of clinical and academic ophthalmology.

Access the Journal of Clinical & Academic Ophthalmology now.

Centre for Teaching Excellence: ePortfolios

The University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence has developed examples, documents, and videos that explain how instructors can use ePortfolios to enhance student learning and success.

Access the e-portfolio resources.

BMJ CPD Portfolio

The BMJ Portfolio from the British Medical Journal is a free, user-friendly portfolio to track, record, plan, and report on continuing professional development for practicing ophthalmologists.

The user guide outlines how to add information, organize portfolio items, search for stored information, and export reports. A user account is required to use the portfolio.

Access BMJ Portfolio or create an account.

Access the BMJ Portfolio User Guide.

Technology Blog: Chunking

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses the concept of chunking to facilitate learning. The related video is best viewed on a computer as its interactive menu is not shown on smart phones.

Review the blog post to learn more.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Improving the Transition to Ophthalmology Residency

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Journal of Clinical and Academic Ophthalmology article, “Improving the Transition to Ophthalmology Residency: A Survey of First-Year Ophthalmology Residents,” by Drs. Akshay S. Thomas, Travis Redd, and Thomas Hwang.

Access the article on the education blog.

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.

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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