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January 25, 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques during the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain, 16–19 June 2018. These sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education and are open to all attendees of the Congress.

As part of the WOEC, the symposium “Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 8:30 to 10:00 in Hall 8, Rm 26. This invited symposium provides tips for effective teaching, time management, and delivering objective feedback. Included is how to develop a step-by-step learning process with clear objectives and goals for each of the stages of surgical learning.

The symposium “Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 14:00 to 15:30 at Hall 8, Rm 25. This symposium will cover innovations for teaching and continuing professional development (CPD) including work-based learning, the use of surgical simulation, internet-based learning, use of portfolios, how to add metacognition to CPD, and innovative assessment methods.

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January 25, 2018 Updated Accreditation Guidelines for Ophthalmology Training Programs

As part of our effort to improve ophthalmology training around the world, the ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee, led by ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, has updated the ICO’s recommended guidelines and developed a self-assessment tool for ophthalmology training programs.

The guidelines and self assessment can be used as written or adapted for local needs by training program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.

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January 25, 2018 Infographic: What is Experiential Learning
This infographic from E-learning Infographics explores the principles of learning from concrete experiences by reflection.
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January 25, 2018 Course: European Residents' Glaucoma Course
The European Glaucoma Society is offering a new Glaucoma Course online for free. Created for residents of ophthalmology, it will also be of value for comprehensive ophthalmologists, glaucoma fellows, and ophthalmologists with other subspecialties. The course consists of recorded lectures, illustrated by PowerPoint presentations.
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January 25, 2018 ACGME Resources for Physician Well-Being and Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has collected these resources which promote a culture of well-being and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.

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January 25, 2018 Technology Blog: Easy Accents for Spanish Words
This post from the Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog will be helpful for teachers from Spanish-speaking countries who use English keyboards or English speakers who occasionally have to type words in Spanish with accents.
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January 22, 2018 Appreciation to ICO Volunteers and Contributors

Thank you ICO volunteers and contributors for your dedication to our mission to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision around the world. We also greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, task forces, and committees. Your commitment to ICO programs and initiatives is making a true difference in the lives of so many.

Join the ICO Community and become a part of our World Alliance for Sight. Connect with the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world by creating a profile at:

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January 22, 2018 ICO Reception at the APAO Congress

The ICO is hosting a reception for ICO Member societies, Fellowships, Examinations, and Ophthalmic Educators at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Hong Kong.

Join us at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, located a few minutes walk from the Convention and Exhibition Center.

Date: Friday, February 9
Time: 18:30–20:00 (last scientific session ends at 18:00)
Location: Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Room: Boardroom 8, Lower Lobby

Let us know if you can attend by using this link to RSVP. Be sure to stop by the ICO Booth 3B03 while in the APAO Exhibition Hall.

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January 22, 2018 ICO Member Firework-related Eye Injuries Study Questionnaire

Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurrent problem, and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) is collecting data to provide a worldwide perspective on firework-related eye injuries.

If you have seen patients with eye injuries from fireworks, please complete this questionnaire, which is available through 28 February 2018. The Netherlands instigated the Firework-related Eye Injuries Study, and the SOE will share final data.

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists and ophthalmology societies to advocate to their national governments for a ban on consumer fireworks as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries. Read the ICO Position Paper on the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks.

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January 22, 2018 Top 5 Reasons to Attend WOC2018 in Barcelona

There are a myriad of reasons to attend the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Barcelona, Spain. Here are five to consider:

  1. The Comprehensive Scientific Program has over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, and offers a global perspective on the latest scientific advances, innovations, and best practices.
  2. Gain hands-on surgical-skill training (wetlabs) utilizing the latest equipment and technology available, Discuss hot topics with experts at the WOC Breakfast Club. New and Exciting Additions like these increase your opportunity to connect, learn, and share.
  3. WOC2018 is designated for a maximum of 24 CME Credits, with ability to gain even more by purchasing WOC2018 OnDemand. The WOC is accredited by the U.S. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
  4. The Impressive Exhibition Hall features innovative products and services from over 150 exhibiting groups. Enjoy entertainment, shopping displays from local artisans, and more in “WOC Plaza.”
  5. Barcelona in June is the Ideal Location at the perfect time of year. Featuring a rich history, artistic and architectural masterpieces, famed beaches and parks, and a vibrant gastronomic culture, it is no wonder Travel and Leisure Magazine describes Barcelona as “the city that has everything.”

With over 15,000 expected registrants from more than 130 countries, WOC2018 is a must-attend event. Find out more!

Register Now for WOC2018.

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January 22, 2018 International Residents Benefit from Collaboration

To support ophthalmic learning worldwide, the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center and the ICO have formed a new partnership.

Moran’s global teaching portal––Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) International––now closely maps the ICO Residency Curriculum offering residents, no matter their country, access to lectures related to specific curriculum goals for every year of their ophthalmology residency. CORE and the ICO are also accumulating other lectures, videos, and resources to further support the education of residents.

CORE is a collection of ophthalmic education resources and is intended to be a boundary-free, permanent learning and reference tool, at no cost to the user.

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January 22, 2018 ICO 360-Degree Assessment Tool for Ophthalmology Residents

Evaluate your residents’ interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice with the new ICO 360-degree assessment tool published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology by Drs. Gabriela Palis, Karl Golnik, Eduardo Mayorga, Helena Filipe, and Prashant Garg.

The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation” provides feedback to residents about their competence in these valuable “soft skills,” as viewed by the people with whom they interact, such as faculty, peers, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients.

The ICO recommends 360-degree assessments for evaluations, and this is the first tool developed for ophthalmology residents that has received international content validation.

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January 22, 2018 Glaucoma Evidence Map from Sightsavers

Sightsavers new Evidence Gap Map (EGM) for Glaucoma is a visual tool applicable to low- and middle-income countries that displays evidence from systematic and literature reviews. Presented in an accessible user-friendly format, the EGM highlights gaps for future research.

Sightsavers also offers thematic EGMs for cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, and trachoma. Related supportive resources are the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care and the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.

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January 22, 2018 ICO One-Year Fellowship Awardees

Congratulations to our 2018–2019 ICO-Retina Research Foundation (RRF) Helmerich Fellowship awardees and ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship awardees:

ICO-Retina RRF Helmerich Fellowship 

  • Dr. Hassan Mansoor from Islamabad, Pakistan, will train in cornea and external diseases at Singapore National Eye Center. 
  • Dr. Supalert Prakhunhungsit from Bangkok, Thailand, will gain valuable expertise in retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric retina at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, USA.
  • Dr. Linda Cernichiaro Espinosa from Mexico, is completing her ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship in the same subspecialty at Bascom Palmer.

ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship 

  • Dr. Tumenjargal Lkhagvatseren from Ulanbaataar, Mongolia, will study pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the University of Bologna, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

The application deadline for ICO Three-Month and Six-Month Fellowships is 31 March 2018. The application deadline for the One-Year ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship and the One-Year ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship is 30 September 2018.

Find more information about ICO Fellowships, including how to apply, at:

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January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.

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January 10, 2018 WOC2018 Offers 24 Hours of AMA CME!

With over 350 sessions, the scientific program of the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018) offers 24 hours of American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities.* Take full advantage; register and book your hotel now for WOC2018, 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain.

WOC2018 Invited Program

The invited program includes 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, with 78 of these sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies:

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January 10, 2018 ROP Guidelines: Protecting the Vision of Our Youngest Patients

As part of a new initiative to reduce blindness in babies, the ICO is collecting existing guidelines. The taskforce, led by Prof. Clare Gilbert, will develop a consensus on how best to prevent and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

If you have ROP organizational or institutional guidelines, or reports on ROP public health programs and their outcomes, please send your material to:

The ICO Task Force on ROP will use existing guidelines to: 

  1. Outline expectations for prevention and treatment of ROP in low, medium, and high resource areas. 
  2. Incorporate the critical competencies into ICO curricula and stimulate improved training and continuing professional development to meet public needs.
  3. Develop a framework to evaluate public health approaches and stimulate, develop, strengthen, and monitor relevant health systems.

Thank you for supporting the ICO’s efforts to protect children from sight-threatening ROP. For more on ROP, read the 11 November 2017 special issue of Community Eye Health Journal.

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January 10, 2018 ICO Education Sessions at the APAO Congress

Join the ICO for ICO-organized and ICO/APAO co-sponsored sessions on ophthalmic education at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress 8–11 February 2018 in Hong Kong: 

  • Are Your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium.

Find detailed information about the 2018 APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators. The 33rd APAO Congress will be at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre. Be sure to stop by the ICO Booth 3B03 while in the Exhibition Hall.

Review the APAO Scientific Program, and register now for this opportunity to share and gain expertise with clinicians, eye surgeons, and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

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January 10, 2018 ICO-SAFO Leadership Development Program in Dakar

The Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Francophone Africa presented an intensive one-day meeting on 3 December 2017, in Dakar, Senegal. Developed with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), with support from the ICO, the LDP program focused on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was held in conjunction with the 2017 SAFO Congress hosted by the Senegalese Ophthalmology Society and its President, Prof. Madoune Ndiaye.

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January 10, 2018 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Congratulations to two former ICO Three-Month Fellows who were awarded and served a 2017 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics One-Month Fellowship

  • Dr. Yacoub Yousef from King Hussein Eye Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, served his ICO Fellowship in Ocular Oncology under the supervision of Dr. Paul Finger at the New York Eye Cancer Center in 2011. Dr. Yousef is now a host for the ICO/Eye Cancer Foundation Six-Month Fellowship in Retinoblastoma
  • Dr. Soma Rani Roy, from Bangladesh, spent his ICO Fellowship in Oculoplastics in 2014 at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India. This was followed by an ICO Three-Month Retinoblastoma Fellowship at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, sponsored by the Children's Eye Cancer Foundation, Germany.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI) fellowship seeks to strengthen collaboration in genetic and genomic research and medicine and to expand this knowledge in developing nations.

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