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Center for Ophthalmic Educators | About the ICO-OEG

International Council of Ophthalmology

ICO-OEG Quarterly

July 2016

Greetings Ophthalmic Educators!


The ICO-OEG is a dynamic and interactive group. Our goal is to offer you opportunities to participate in and contribute to ICO education projects and programs.

The ICO Center for Ophthalmic Educators is host to a wide range of resources for all educators. These resources are sourced monthly by our Editorial Board, with each member focusing on a specific audience, such as medical students, allied ophthalmic personnel, and practicing ophthalmologists. We currently have openings on the Editorial Board for enthusiastic applicants.


Please submit your application by August 30.

Please Review and Comment: Draft ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum Content Outline

The ICO-OEG is working to gain recognition of ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology. In order to accomplish this,‚Äč we are developing the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Curriculum to provide ophthalmic educators with a clear path to becoming competent in ophthalmic education practices.

A draft Content Outline is available for review and comment. Please share your ideas and comments on the suggested subjects, their definitions, as well as any additional subjects you think should be added to the content outline. We would appreciate your feedback by September 15.

Review and comment on the Draft Content Outline.

Eye on Ophthalmic Educators

This quarter we talked with Dr. Lik Thai Lim, Professor and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in Malaysia regarding his thoughts on ophthalmic education. Dr. Lim teaches both medical students and residents in clinical and surgical settings.


Dr Lim identified his specific interests in education below.


As an enthusiastic ophthalmology educator, I have a passion to see ophthalmology practice standards grow from strength to strength internationally, both for general doctors and eye specialists. My interest within education is multifold, each with an intended passionate and clear objective, and can be broadly divided into three major components:


  • Teaching of practical ophthalmology knowledge and its application (at the medical student and resident level)—the objective being to ensure that medical students and residents can apply useful knowledge into practice for the benefit of their patients in a safe and appropriate manner;

  • Teaching of surgical skills and communication skills in the operating room (for residents)—the objective being to ensure that residents become competent and confident eye surgeons with a good grasp of empathy towards patients and their concerns; and

  • Assessments (at the medical student and resident level)—to ensure that those who passed at the intended level do indeed have the required knowledge and skills to practice safely and competently and empathetically and ethically for the benefit of their patients.

You can read more of our interview with Dr. Lim in the Center for Ophthalmic Educators.

Do you know an outstanding educator who should be featured in the “Eye on Ophthalmic Educators”? Please submit your nominations, and tell us why you think they should be featured.

Upcoming Educator Events at AAO 2016, SOE 2017, and APAO 2017

The ICO will be presenting educator events at several upcoming congresses. As members of the Ophthalmic Educators Group we would like to extend an invitation to join us in person for stimulating conversation and enriching educational activities at the following events:


October 15, 2016: Chicago Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness during the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting.


March 1–5, 2017: ICO Educator Sessions during the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) congress in Singapore.


June 10–13, 2017: ICO Educator Sessions during the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) congress in Barcelona, Spain.


ICO Ophthalmic Educator Group Supporters

Our deepest thanks to the following societies for their support of the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group. Your efforts have helped us reach educators around the globe.


Cambodian Ophthalmological Society

Chinese Ophthalmological Society

International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council

Iranian Ophthalmological Society

The Macula Society

Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan

Singapore Society of Ophthalmology

Syrian Ophthalmological Society


WOC2018: June 16-19, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain

The World Ophthalmology Congress® of the International Council of Ophthalmology will include a scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. Over 86 ICO Member Societies (46 subspecialty, 36 national and 4 supranational) will participate in the scientific program with 71 sessions, offering a global perspective on the latest scientific advances, innovations and best practices.

Check out the latest WOC details and sign up to receive updates via email: www.icoph.org/woc2018
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With over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Register now!

Contact Us

Contact us about the ICO-OEG or other matters at educators@icoph.org.

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