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ICO Issues Position Papers on CPD and Accreditation

Posted on June 6, 2014
Topic: Accreditation, Allied Health Education, CME/CPD, Education Initiatives, ICO Programs and Initiatives, Ophthalmic Educators, Ophthalmology Residency Education

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) creates position papers to take an official stance on important topics in ophthalmology. The position papers included here direct the ICO toward taking further action in continuing professional development (CPD) and accreditation for eye care training programs.

The purpose of Continuing Medical Education (CME) is to keep physicians current in their practice.  CME is a lifelong learning commitment to doctors' patients and society in general. 

"CPD includes and extends the CME concept by embracing the necessary elements of 'Good Medical Practice,' such as knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork, and maintaining trust," said Ms. Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director.

"The ICO recognizes and advocates the necessity of CPD consistent with the good practices."

The quality of eye care training programs varies throughout the world. The reasons for this are many, but two important factors include the lack of national and international training standards and lack of external review of training program quality.

Program accreditation is a process that requires standards of structure, process, achievement, self-assessment, and review by outside experts.  

"The ICO strongly believes that the process of accreditation for all levels of training programs (for example, training programs for residents, ophthalmic nurses, and ophthalmic allied health personnel) is essential to ensure the quality of training," said Ms. Miller. 

"Quality training programs ultimately result in professionals trained to give the best eye care."  

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