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August 29, 2011 ICO Member ICO Board Announces 2012 Award Recipients
The ICO Board selected Rosario Brancato as the Bietti medalist and Dr. Alan Bird as the Tadeusz Kwrawicz medalist. Medal awardees will be recognized at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 World Ophthalmology Congress®, on February 16 in Abu Dhabi.
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Leadership

World Ophthalmology Congress

August 30, 2011 ICO Member ICO Updates Five International Clinical Guidelines
The ICO has updated five of its 20 International Clinical Guidelines based on similar updates of the Preferred Practice Patterns created by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research

Guidelines

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Other (e.g., Education, Research)

August 8, 2011 ICO Member Increasing Cataract Surgey in Sub-Saharan Africa: Hilton Foundation Landscape Grant
The Johns Hopkins University has received a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to work with the ICO and others to undertake a “landscape analysis” of cataract surgical services in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This project will identify specific activities and investments that can increase cataract surgical rates throughout the region.
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Eye Care

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Cataract

Africa

August 30, 2011 ICO Member 2011 BCSC Distribution with AAO
This year marks the fourth year the ICO and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have partnered together to send 200 sets of the AAO Basic and Clinical Sciences Course (BCSC) to ophthalmology residency training programs in economically disadvantaged countries. Beginning in 2008, 800 BCSC sets to date have been delivered.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

Ophthalmology Residency Education

Residency

Other (e.g., Education, Research)

September 23, 2011 ICO Member ICO Board approves 2011-2015 Strategic Plan
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees approved the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan on September 20, 2011 by mail ballot. The Plan begins with ICO's mission and then outlines strategies to reach four long-term goals in Education, Eye Care Delivery, Society & Leadership Development and ICO Organizational Development.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

October 18, 2011 ICO Member Hellenic Ophthalmological Society Events
The Greek Ophthalmological Society organizes bi-monthly and weekly events for members of the Scientific Meetings in Athens and juniors in Ophthalmology, with optional tests, involving all areas of ophthalmology. Every two years, the Society also organizes the National Congress of Ophthalmology in Athens or the province, with many Greek and foreign guest speakers.
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Europe

December 5, 2011 ICO Member Congratulations to AAO Awardees
Cngratulations to those awardees who were honored at the 2011 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  Award winners were chosen because of their extraordinary contributions to ophthalmology, education and service.
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Eye Care

March 23, 2012 ICO Member Spain Selected for WOC2018
Meeting in Abu Dhabi, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees selected the Spanish Ophthalmological Society to host the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, pending an agreement on Expectations for WOC2018.
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Conference/Congress

World Ophthalmology Congress

June 1, 2012 ICO Member ICO Reports Global Shortfall in the Number of Ophthalmologists
Despite revealing there are more than 200,000 ophthalmologists worldwide, a 2010 International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) survey showed a serious global shortfall.  The report, published in the June 2012 issue of the British Journal of Ophthalmology (BJO), predicts that the shortfall of ophthalmologists will dramatically impact both developing and developed countries in the years to come, particularly considering the aging population.
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Advocacy/Vision 2020

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Journal/Publication

May 30, 2012 ICO Member ICO Board Elects Bill Felch as CEO
In a unanimous vote by mail ballot, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees elected Bill Felch to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a five-year term, effective May 1, 2012. 
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May 28, 2012 ICO Member Training the Trainers of Allied Eye Care Personnel
The ICO Strategic Plan addresses head on the necessity to focus on training teams of eye care professionals to meet the ophthalmic needs of their communities. One step in that direction was the National Training the Trainers of Allied Health Personnel workshop held at the Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Islamabad on January 6, 2012.
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Allied Health Education

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Ophthalmic Educators

May 29, 2012 ICO Member ICO Begins to Develop WOC2014 Scientific Program
"We are excited to be starting work on the scientific program for the April 2-6, 2014, Tokyo, Japan  World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO)," said Peter Wiedemann, MD, Chairman, WOC Scientific Program.
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Conference/Congress

Education

World Ophthalmology Congress

May 26, 2012 ICO Member ICO Focus on Teaching the Teachers
The  ICO initiative on “Teaching the Teachers" aims to help ophthalmic educators incorporate more effective methods of training and continuing professional development, enabling teachers and students to connect efficiently and economically.  
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Course

E-Learning

Education

Education Initiatives

Ophthalmic Educators

June 1, 2012 ICO Member ICO Board Elects Jean-Jacques De Laey as Vice President
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees unanimously voted Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD to ICO Vice President in April 2012.
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June 23, 2012 ICO Member Update on ICD-11
The ICO International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-11 Task Force has been working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise the ophthalmologic data in the current ICD-10 and create a new generation of classification, the ICD-11.
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Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research

ICD-11

June 20, 2012 ICO Member WOC Sessions for Women and Young Ophthalmologists
The 2012 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates presented many “firsts,” including the first time the WOC was hosted in the Middle East and Africa and the first time sessions were devoted to Women in Ophthalmology and Young Ophthalmologists.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

World Ophthalmology Congress

August 1, 2012 ICO Member Society Leaders: Submit your Country's Data on Ophthalmologists in Practice and Training
The Number of Ophthalmologists in Practice and Training Worldwide in 2012 table was developed as a tool for advocates and leaders. It shows the number of ophthalmologists performing surgery, the growth rate of the profession, and the number of residents in training. The ICO asks society leaders to submit updated data for inclusion in the table.
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Advocacy/Vision 2020

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Ophthalmologic Societies

July 27, 2012 ICO Member Fred Hollows Foundation Partners with ICO to Expand Fellowship Training in Ophthalmic Subspecialties
The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) has awarded a three-year grant to the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), forming a partnership to offer expanded fellowships to ophthalmologists from developing countries for training in ophthalmology subspecialties.
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Education

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Ophthalmology Residency Education

Subspecialty Education

April 10, 2013 ICO Member WOC2018: Say Hola to Barcelona!
The 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will be hosted by the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology (Sociedad Española de Oftalmología–SEO) June 16–20, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.
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CME/CPD

Conference/Congress

ICO Programs and Initiatives

World Ophthalmology Congress

Europe

April 26, 2013 ICO Member 2013 Residency Program Directors Courses in Chile and China
The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) conducted two Residency Program Directors Courses in March and April 2013.
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Courses for Residency Program Directors

Education

Ophthalmic Educators

Asia

Central & South America

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