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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

May 2016

We are pleased to announce the next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness, which will be held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting on October 15, 2016 in Chicago, USA. We look forward to your joining us––either for the first time or again––to participate in new workshops for ophthalmic educators and those interested in education.

Do not miss the opportunity to join the ICO’s online course, “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions.” The next sessions begin in June and July.

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

Apply for the ICO Online Course “Transforming Lectures into Effective Teaching Interventions”

Applications are being accepted for the upcoming 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.

June 5 is the application deadline for the first session, running June 20–August 20, 2016.

June 26 is the application deadline for the second session, running 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 finish 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.

Next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Chicago, October 15, 2016

The next Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" will be Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 2–5:30 p.m., during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA.  

The Chicago Conference is open to all AAO registrants at no additional charge and is intended for anyone interested in education or in improving their own teaching interventions. Based on each attendee’s particular interests, participants will have the option to choose from a variety of workshops and group discussions.

More information will be shared in future newsletters and on the ICO website as details are finalized.

Learn more about the October 15, 2016, Chicago Conference for Educators. Open to all AAO 2016 registrants.

Learn more about the AAO annual meeting.

David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship

Six online distance learning Masters scholarships are available in the field of ophthalmology for students from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, Central and South America.

The David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship, funded by the David E I Pyott Foundation, 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.

Benefits of Accrediting Institutions and Organizations as Providers of Continuing Professional Education

The Journal of European CME article, “Benefits of Accrediting Institutions and Organisations as Providers of Continuing Professional Education” by Drs. Murray Kopelow and Craig Campbell describes the organizational and operational benefits of provider accreditation that include the development of a community of practice to foster learning, scholarship and system change.

Access the article now.

Visual Fields via the Visual Pathway

“Visual Fields via the Visual Pathway,” by Fiona Rowe presents the varying visual field deficits occurring with lesions of the visual pathway. The second-edition book covers anatomy, pathology, and signs and symptoms, plus visual field defects associated with specific parts of the visual pathway. Also covered is the basic theory of visual field assessment.

Use the code EMQ26 at checkout to receive a 20% discount.

Learn more or purchase the book.

Website: Ophthalmology Training

Ophthalmology Training is an online resource for learning the core principles of ophthalmology and common eye disorders. The website uses quality animations and is an excellent resource for ophthalmologists starting training, as well as allied eye care personnel, medical students, and general practitioners.

Updates include: single best-answer, multiple-choice questions that highlight key learning points; “answer boxes” explaining the correct answer and why the other options are incorrect; and key questions to ask when taking a history from a patient with a red eye, as well as how to differentiate between potentially sight-threatening and less serious causes of red eye.

This site requires a login and fee to access the coursework.

Learn more about Ophthalmology Training and subscribe.

The Good Doctor: El Buen Quehacer del Médico

The Spanish-language document “El Buen Quehacer del Médico” from the Organization of Medical Colleges of Spain describes the expectations of professionalism from doctors ranging from the doctor-patient relationship, to professional competence, effective communication and collaboration.

El documento “El Buen Quehacer del Médico” de la Organización de Colegios Médicos de España describe, a través de un listado de conductas, lo que se espera de todo profesional colegiado que aspira a que su conducta en el ejercicio sea excelente.

Download the guide now.

Resources for Retinal Pathology

The free iPad app, Retina Base, is a virtual library of retinal diseases based on clinical cases. The app is available in the iTunes store, and content is unlocked with a ViaOpta login. More details can be found in the iTunes app description.

Learn more about Retina Base.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Increasing Scholarly Activity Productivity During Residency

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Academic Medicine article, “Increasing Scholarly Activity Productivity During Residency: A Systematic Review,” by Drs. Michelle Stevenson, Elizabeth Smigielsky, Monique Naifeh, Erika Abramson, Christopher Todd, and Su-Ting Li.

Access the article on the education blog.

Technology Blog: Random Name Picker

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses utilizing an app that randomly selects a name from a pre-set list. The app can be used during lectures to identify which student to ask a question. The strategy can help maintain student engagement, while remaining fair about which students are chosen.

Review the blog post to learn more and see example apps.

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

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