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International Council of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmic Educators Letter

June 2016

Save the date for the Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators, which will be held during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Chicago, USA. We look forward to your joining us to participate in new workshops for educators and those interested in education.

We would like to thank our editors Drs. Helena Prior Filipe and Eduardo Mayorga 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

Save the Date: Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators 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.

Planned workshops and plenaries will cover new topics that were not offered at the 2014 and 2015 Conferences at the AAO meeting. Tentative workshops for 2016 include:    

  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Tools for Teaching and Assessing Ethics and Professionalism
  • Teaching Surgical Skills
  • What is a Good Teacher?
  • Communication Skills and the Problem Patient
  • Stimulate Deep Learning: Utilizing Mind Maps for Learning and Performance Support

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.

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Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum Available as iBook

The Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum developed by Dr. Wallace Alward is a teaching site for residents and others interested in learning about glaucoma. The content is organized into fifty short lectures, and in total, is just under 12 hours long. The site is highly visual with over 900 images and 90 movie clips. 

The curriculum is now available as an iBook in the iTunes store free of charge. A Mac computer, iPhone or iPad is required to use the iBook.

Access the Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum now.

Download the iBook of the curriculum

Mindmaps in Ophthalmology

“Mindmaps in Ophthalmology,” by Abhishek Sharma, summarizes difficult subspecialist fields and uses a novel method of presenting information in a visual format, which aids in retention.

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

Learn more or purchase the book.

World Glaucoma Association Education Portal

The Education Portal from the World Glaucoma Association offers a variety of educational opportunities, including subscribing to their newsletter and accessing recorded sessions from the 2013 and 2015 World Glaucoma Congresses.

The International Glaucoma Review, the Journal of the World Glaucoma Association, is available on the education portal, and provides a critical review of selected glaucoma literature every three months. It is intended for members of affiliated glaucoma societies and is free to access.

Visit the Education Portal of the World Glaucoma Association.

Access the International Glaucoma Review.

Atlas of Ophthalmology

The Atlas of Ophthalmology is an online database of images, podcasts and videos endorsed by the ICO. It is free to access and available in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. An iPhone app of the Atlas is also available for download.

Explore the Atlas of Ophthalmology.

Download the iPhone app.

Access ICO Curricula for Residents and Fellows

ICO curricula are developed by globally representative committees for utilization in widely different regions regardless of nationality, culture, medical market maturity, or socioeconomic status. They serve as a global consensus on what trainees should be taught and can be adapted to your local program and particular needs.

The ICO has the following curricula available:

  • Residency Training (Made possible in part by David E. I. Pyott through a grant given in his honor from The Allergan Foundation)
  • Subspecialty Training in
    • Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery (Supported in part by AcuFocus, Inc.)
    • Glaucoma (Supported in part by Glaukos)
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology

The curricula documents are available for download in MS Word, PDF and Google Document formats unless otherwise indicated.

Subspecialty training curricula are in development for

  • Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery
  • Ocular Oncology and Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Ophthalmic Educators (Supported in part by Shire)

We thank all of the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

Access ICO Curricula now.

Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Cognitive Task Analysis

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Surgical Innovation article, “Cognitive Task Analysis: Bringing Olympic Athlete Style Training  to Surgical Education” by Drs.  Laura Wingfield, Myutan Kulendran, Andre Chow, Jean Nehme, and Sanjay Purkayastha.

Access the article on the education blog.

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