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December 11, 2017 Ocular Ultrasound: A Quick Reference Guide for the On-Call Physician
This guide is a simple, introductory, "on-call survival guide" for ophthalmology residents using ocular ultrasound. It is a concise and practical quick stop for information.
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December 11, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program & Faculty Evaluation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program and Faculty Evaluation,” by Andreas K. Lauer.

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December 1, 2017 HelpMeSee and ISMSICS Sign Multi-year Agreement to Promote Cataract Surgery

Chennai, India, Dec 1, 2017 - HelpMeSee has signed a 5-year sponsorship with The International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) to become a global sponsor of the Comprehensive Cataract Conferences (CCC) to promote safe cataract surgeries for eliminating the backlog of untreated cataract blindness worldwide. Organized by ISMSICS, CCC 2017 is currently underway in Chennai, India through December 3rd 2017, with HelpMeSee announced as the global sponsor and active participant in numerous events during the 3-day conference.

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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 Abstract and Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching

Would you like to present an abstract at the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain? Are you interested in taking advantage of reduced registration rates? Now is your opportunity to do both before time runs out! 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Submitted Program consists of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses, and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas. Abstract submissions are accepted in both English and Spanish.

Submit an Abstract Today. The Abstract Submission Tutorial provides an easy to follow guide, should you need assistance. 

  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: 13 December 2017

Save up to €90 per person by taking advantage of early-bird rates and registering today for WOC2018. Register Now.

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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 By the Numbers

As we look towards the upcoming year, here are some exciting numbers to consider about the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain, which is now just months away: 

The Invited Program consists of 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology: 

  • 119 sessions covering 25 subject areas organized by invited subspecialty program coordinators 
  • 68 sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies 
  • 28 sessions for Subspecialty Day (Saturday, 16 June) covering 7 subspecialties: cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, and retina 
  • 10 ICO Special Symposia covering a wide array of topics.

View the Invited Program to see schedule-at-a-glance, session speakers, speaker list by country, participating societies, chairpersons, scientific program committee members, and invited program coordinators.

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November 27, 2017 Leadership Challenges Explored at ICO WORLD Meeting

Enhancing communication skills to better meet your goals was the focus of two presentations and robust discussion at the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on 11 November.

More than 80 guests considered this year’s WORLD theme: “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time.” Led by Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator with Fierce Conversations, Inc. and Dr. Liana Ventura, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil, the audience explored how to have “difficult” conversations that effectively strengthen work and personal relationships. Attendees shared their perspectives during the intriguing discussion––further cementing WORLD’s reputation as a thought-provoking, educational event.

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November 27, 2017 New ICO-OSCARs for Vitrectomy and Trabeculectomy

The ICO’s Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for teaching and assessing resident surgical skill provides instruction as to what is expected at each step of a surgical procedure and a method to provide specific formative feedback to the student.

Eight ICO-OSCARs are available in a multitude of translations, and the newest additions are the ICO-OSCAR for Vitrectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of Retina, and the ICO-OSCAR for Trabeculectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Glaucoma.

The ICO-OSCARs are recommended in the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COESA) Residency Curriculum and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestones Document. See all ICO-OSCARs and related translations.

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November 27, 2017 ICO Member IUSG Course for Uveitis in Addis Ababa

The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and the ICO are sponsoring the 1st Uveitis Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17–23 February 2018.

Similar to the IUSG’s uveitis course in Venice, Italy, the Ethiopian course covers the whole field of uveitis. The interactive program allows in-depth discussion on management of uveitis issues, and attendees will learn how to evaluate patients, develop a differential diagnosis, interpret imaging results, and optimize a treatment strategy.

Taught by an international faculty of highly experienced uveitis specialists and limited to 80 attendees, the one-week course will be at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

Download a flyer for course details, registration fees, and accommodation information.

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November 27, 2017 Call for Papers: WHO World Report on Vision

Focusing on “what works,” the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for papers for a theme issue on vision that will also supplement a forthcoming World Report on Vision.

WHO welcomes papers for the special issue that: 

  • Provide evidence across all health strategies (eg, promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation) 
  • Focus on best practices, innovation, and the use of technology 
  • Identify gaps and provide solutions to ensure equitable access 
  • Integrate examples from low- and middle-income countries and different age groups 
  • Address health system issues, rather than focusing solely on one specific disease or condition.

The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018. More information and FAQs

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November 27, 2017 Impact Loan Offers Innovative Approach to Preventing Blindness

To support upwards of 18,000 cataract surgeries over the next five years, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has committed US$2 million to the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The Cameroon Development Impact Loan is results-based, with investors providing upfront financing and donor organizations repaying investors their principal plus a return based on realized performance in delivering outcomes.

MICEI–– the only regional subspecialty-training center in Francophone Africa––provides comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care in an underserved region. Organizations contributing to the success of this endeavor are the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Sightsavers, the Africa Eye Foundation, and D. Capital Partners.

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November 27, 2017 ICO Subspecialty Examinations

In conjunction with publication of the ICO Subspecialty Curricula, the ICO is evaluating offering related subspecialty examinations. The ICO conducted its first ICO Subspecialty Examination in Cornea and External Disease in 2016. The trial exam was co-hosted by the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and held online in centers across India.

In September 2017, the ICO launched Subspecialty Examinations in five other curricula-related subjects in addition to cornea: Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility, and Uveitis. In addition to the online examinations hosted by the AIOS, a paper-based examination in Neuro-Ophthalmology was given in Cairo, Egypt. In 2018, a new ICO Subspecialty Examination in Oculoplastics will be introduced and additional countries will serve as hosts.

Learn more about the ICO Examinations.

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November 27, 2017 ICO Member Societies Make Vision Count for World Sight Day

ICO Member societies actively engaged in World Sight Day 2017, successfully advancing awareness about eye health. The Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan (TOS), for example, hosted events that garnered significant media coverage and tens of thousands of online interactions.

Collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, Alcon Taiwan, and the government, the TOS kicked off their “More to See” Cataract Awareness Campaign with an eye care press conference in August. The TOS then held a Facebook photo contest, “Love From Your Eyes,” which creatively linked eye health to making emotional connections through eye contact. The contest attracted 500 participants and 27,000 “likes” on social media.

“World Sight Day in Taiwan,” a second press conference in October, focused on the large percentage of Taiwanese who overuse 3C products (ie, computer, communication, and consumer electronics), and their negative impact on both eye health and social interactions.

Thank you ICO Member societies for working to ensure that World Sight Day is a successful advocacy and communications event.

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November 21, 2017 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium at WOC2018

Join us at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2018 (WOC2018) in Barcelona for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and courses that spotlight a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

Eight WOEC symposia and courses will be held during WOC2018 16–19 June 2018.

  • Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD
  • Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence
  • Less is More: Focused Workplace Based Assessments in Busy Disciplines
  • Beyond The Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Learning of Medical Knowledge
  • Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation
  • Simulation for Teaching and Learning
  • Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application (Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis)
  • Harmonizing Ophthalmology Training in Europe (European Board of Ophthalmology)

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November 21, 2017 Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
This recently released monograph is a continuing medical education activity from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and provides a comprehensive and updated overview on the best strategies for diagnosing and managing dry eye.
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November 21, 2017 Understand the Science of Safety
The “Understand the Science of Safety” module of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) Toolkit discusses the importance of understanding system design, safe design principles, and valuing diverse input from team members. By analyzing patient safety as a science, frontline providers will offer a higher quality of patient-centered care on their hospital unit.
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November 21, 2017 App: Eye Emergency Manual
An emergency manual is available as an app for both Android and Apple. The content within this app was developed by ophthalmic and emergency clinicians of the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It provides a quick and simple guide to recognizing important signs and symptoms, and management of common eye emergencies.
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November 21, 2017 Book: Mastering Techniques of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation

The second edition of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation: Mastering Techniques and Complications in Cataract Surgery is available.

This edition is greatly expanded in size and scope to accommodate the latest state-of-the-art methodologies and refinements in surgical strategies.

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November 21, 2017 AMEE2018 Call for Abstract Submissions

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2018 annual meeting will be in Basel, Switzerland, from 25–29 August 2018.

Calls for abstract submissions for AMEE 2018 have been announced. Please note the short timeline for Research Papers and Doctoral Reports.

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November 21, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program Accreditation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program Accreditation,” by Dr. Karl C. Golnik.

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November 21, 2017 Technology Blog: Free Images for Your Presentations

The Technology for Teaching and Learning Blog discusses where to find the best public domain stock images to use in your presentations.

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