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Residency Program Directors Course Marks 40th Milestone

Posted on August 1, 2017

Since 2004, 40 ICO Residency Program Directors Courses (RPD) have been offered in 26 countries to 1,752 participants. The RPD’s 40th course was July 14–15, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.

Residency education is a critical component of preparing the next generation of ophthalmologists, and the ICO RPD courses serve to improve each participant’s educational effectiveness through interactive means. The RPD courses focus on methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement of the trainers.

Dr. Enrique Graue, with the support of Past ICO President Dr. Bruce Spivey and Past ICO Director for Education Prof. Mark Tso, was instrumental in coordinating the first RPD course in Mexico City in 2004. Drs. Karl Golnik, Gabriela Palis, and Eduardo Mayorga now oversee the courses, with key contributions from other faculty and local ophthalmologic society hosts.

The ICO thanks the Allergan Foundation, Abbott, Alcon Foundation, Théa Corporate Foundation, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and others for their valuable support of the ICO's RPD courses and Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

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