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International Council of Ophthalmology

ICO-OEG Quarterly

July 2017

Greetings Ophthalmic Educators!

For those attending the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress in Lima, Peru, we hope you will join us for co-sponsored events and courses. Please read on for more details about the event, and other resources for ophthalmic educators.

Upcoming Ophthalmic Educator Session and ICO Reception during the PAAO Congress

The PAAO Congress will be held from August 9–12, 2017 in Lima, Peru. Add the following ICO activities to your calendar.

Wednesday, August 9

  • 8:00–10:00, Ichmal 1& 2, SYM 192: Estrategias Innovadoras en la Evaluación de Residentes. (Participants must be registered to the PAAO congress in order to participate in the ICO and PAAO co-organized Educator Session.) Learn more about PAAO 2017.

Thursday, August 10

  • 18:30–20:00, ICO Reception: Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center, Room Limatambo 1. (Join the ICO for a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group, Member societies and ICO Examinations and Fellowships.) RSVP for the ICO Reception.

Tools for Teaching, at Home and Afar

This video interview, with Dr. Wallace Alward from the University of Iowa, discusses what sparked his profound interest in education. Dr. Alward attributes medical illustrator and ophthalmic photographer, Lee Allen, as the reason behind his interest in education. Mr. Allen ultimately inspired Dr. Alward to write the book, “Color Atlas of Gonioscopy.” This year, Dr. Alward spoke at the American Glaucoma Society and his lecture discussed teaching tools he wished he had known about in residency.

Watch the full interview.

ICO Conference for Educators at AAO 2017

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Conference for Ophthalmic Educators on November 11, 2017, from 14:00–17:30 during the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans, USA.

This will be the fourth conference in collaboration with the AAO, and is open to all AAO registrants. You can find details on our website and in the AAO online program as the date gets closer. Sign up to receive updates.

Eye On Ophthalmic Educators

This quarter we talked with Dr. Thomas A. Oetting, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in Iowa City.

Dr. Oetting discusses his interests and challenges he has encountered as an educator.

My main focus has always been on resident education and more specifically cataract surgery. I started about 20 years ago and was, to be honest, a bit frustrated in the way I was taught. I thought it could be more structured and less haphazard. I spent some time in engineering and in the US Air Force, and was struck by how those fields were better with structured training than medicine. With the help of my mentors Keith Carter, Andrew Lee, Lee Alward, and Tim Johnson, we built a structured surgical curriculum to help shift the learning curve into the lab and out of the actual operating room with a patient. We acquired one of the first EyeSi devices and have found that device and others to be very effective for training certain parts of cataract surgery. While simulation devices are very useful it is critical to have dedicated faculty. I have personally shifted a bit into a broader scope as I am the Program Director for the entire residency program so I get to do less wet lab work but am still very active in the OR and this year have taken my 100th resident through their first case!

I am very interested in simulation technology and in using social media for education. When I started the Cataract Surgery Facebook page, I thought it would be a great way to share videos with our residents, as I was growing tired of making DVDs. I was absolutely floored we gained almost 30,000 followers with similar interests to me. I have learned more from the site than anyone else. When I post a video, I get comments from all over the world with tips and ideas on how to do or teach surgery better.

The biggest challenge for a surgical educator is balancing the societal need to develop new eye surgeons with the need to keep our individual patients as safe as possible. I stress to our residents that they must find ways to add value to the patient so that they can balance the increased risk that they bring as newer surgeons to the operating room. I applaud the ICO and the great educational leaders that make up the ICO for developing tools and structure to aid our training programs. Each training program must do all they can to push the surgical training prior to the first case with simulation, videos, and other techniques to limit the risk of our learning surgeons.

Do you know an outstanding educator who should be highlighted in our "Eye on Ophthalmic Educators" feature? Please submit your suggestions, and tell us why you think thy should be featured.

Funding for the ICO-OEG Quarterly is provided in part by Abbott

We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.

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!

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