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April 5, 2018 WOC2018: Connecting Globally to Advance Eye Health

Join ophthalmologists from 109 countries (and counting) who have already registered to attend the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) of the International Council of Ophthalmology 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain. The WOC is the longest continuous medical meeting in the world and addresses all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology. 

We are excited to share this map showing the countries that we already know will be represented at WOC2018:

If you haven't yet registered, don't delay, hotels are starting to fill up and you won't want to miss the opportunity to be a part of this truly global event. 

The beautiful Fira Gran Via Convention Center––located in the heart of Barcelona––is the venue for WOC2018, which will feature:

  • A Scientific Program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, including panels, Q&A sessions, interactive sessions, and real-case study discussions
  • More than 90 national and subspeciality ICO Member societies organizing over 70 scientific sessions on the latest scientific advances, innovations, and best practices
  • Spanish-language sessions organized by local societies
  • Subspecialty Day programs in cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and ocularplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, retina, and uveitis. 

Register Today and take advantage of a reduced registration rate if you belong to an ICO Member society

WOC Scientific Program Chair Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham, WOC2018 President Dr. Rafael Barraquer, and Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin welcome delegates from all over the world for one of the most comprehensive and global events in ophthalmology. 

Read all three welcome letters by clicking on the images below:
 

Dr. Clement C.Y. Tham
WOC Scientific Program Chair

Dr. Rafael Barraquer
WOC2018 President

Dr. José Luis Encinas Martin
Spanish Society of Ophthalmology President


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April 5, 2018 WOC2018 Scientific Program Highlights

In addition to ICO special sessions and society-organized sessions, the Congress offers an array of educational activities to appeal to everyone.


  • WOC2018 is offering surgical skills training courses. Develop your techniques in a wet lab environment, and gain experience with the latest ophthalmologic technology––including a chance to perform a virtual simulated surgery. Each course has a limited number of participants, so register early. Learn more about these exciting courses.

  • New for WOC2018, nearly the entire scientific program––more than 500 hours of presentations––will be available online at WOC2018 OnDemand. Add on this CME-eligible learning opportunity for a low price of €190. This special rate is only available to registered WOC2018 delegates. Learn more about WOC OnDemand.
  • "Late-Breaking News" - Abstract Submissions Due 15–29 March.
    These abstracts highlight results from rapidly advancing investigations that may have only recently become available. There is still time to submit your "Late-breaking News" abstract for WOC2018. Learn more.
  • 3D Live Surgery
    Experience cutting-edge surgery in real time on Monday, 18 June. Watch and learn as expert ophthalmologists at the Barraquer Institute use the latest techniques and tools to perform corneal transplantation, as well as cataract, refractive, micro-invasive glaucoma, vitreoretinal, and other surgeries on patients. An on-site facilitator will describe the procedures as they happen, and attendees at the Fira Gran Via Convention Center will be encouraged to engage and ask questions. 
  • Sessions for Ophthalmic Educators
    The ICO World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) offers symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. WOEC is designed for a diverse audience––from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education. Review the WOEC schedule and topics.
  • ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz and Cataract Surgery Olympics
    Fun team events are popular at the WOC, and 2018 will feature two fan favorites. The ICO World Ophthalmology Quiz pits teams of residents and fellows against one another, each vying to prove who is the most eye smart in a series of increasingly challenging rounds. Which team will receive the crown at WOC2018? Then, ophthalmologists will go for the gold at the WOC Cataract Surgery Olympics where teams representing different regions (ie, North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe/Middle East) compete in a video program demonstrating management of cataract complications. 
  • WOC2018 Exhibit Hall
    Over 125 companies and ophthalmic organizations will offer a first-hand opportunity to meet with industry and gain an understanding of the latest advances in pharmaceuticals, imaging devices, technologies, and available services to help you better provide high-quality patient care. A few Exhibit Hall spaces are still available for companies wanting to reserve a stand

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April 5, 2018 Social Events at WOC2018

In addition to an excellent educational program, the social component of the Congress is something you truly do not want to miss.

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, 16 June: 18:00–19:00
Hall 8.1, Fira Gran Via Conference Center


The Opening Ceremony officially marks the beginning of WOC2018. Following welcome remarks from the ICO, the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, and the WOC2018 President, we celebrate the achievements of our colleagues:

  • Gonin Medal: Jean-Jacques DeLaey, MD, PhD (Belgium)
  • International Duke Elder Medal: Rubens Belfort, Jr., MD, PhD, MBA (Brazil)
  • ICO Ophthalmic Pathology Award: Sarah Coupland, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath, FARVO, FSB (United Kingdom)
  • G.O.H Naumann Award for Leadership in Global Eye Care Commission: Abdulaziz AlRajhi, MD (Saudi Arabia)
  • Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis Bernardo Streiff Medal: Paul Lichter, MD (United States)

Welcome Reception
Saturday, 16 June: 19:00–20:30
Immediately following the Opening Ceremony, enjoy snacks and drinks with both old and new colleagues at the WOC2018 Welcome Reception. Badges are required to enter this event. 

Cultural Night
Monday, 18 June: 20:20–23:30

Fun and festive, Cultural Night invites you to savor the flavors of Spain with sangria, jamón ibérico, and food from various regions of Spain. Take in the Catalan tradition of building human towers, and performing horses. The night will close with dancing and a battle-of-the-bands between two musician-ophthalmologist groups: Camara IV and Double Vision.

Cultural Night is at Poble Espanyol, an open-air architectural museum at the foot of Montjuïc (5 kilometers from the Fira Gran Via)––a beautiful site that features a replica of the gate leading to the Castilian city of Avila. View the menu, entertainment, and map of the area.

Tickets are €95 per person and include dinner, drinks, entertainment, and transportation. Purchase tickets for Cultural Night when registering for WOC2018, or log back into your account to update your registration with this event.


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April 5, 2018 WOC2018 Travel and Lodging

Along with breathtaking architecture, Michelin-starred restaurants, and unbeatable climate, getting to Barcelona is easy!

The Barcelona-El Prat Airport is located 16 kilometers south of the city and welcomes direct and connecting flights from throughout the world. Better yet, registered attendees can obtain discounted flights on 14 major member airlines and affiliates via oneworld®, the official airline alliance for WOC2018.

Hotels
June is a popular time to visit Barcelona, so reserve your hotel room now to ensure availability. MCI––the official agency handling hotel booking––offers an array of options, ranging from budget accommodations to luxury suites.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations. Use MCI to Avoid Fraud! MCI is the only official registration and hotel agency associated with WOC2018. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WOC2018 or the ICO. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.


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April 5, 2018 Connect on Social Media

Join the worldwide WOC community and receive the latest news and updates by liking WOC2018 on Facebook, subscribing to our YouTube channel, connecting on LinkedIn, and following us on Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to share your WOC2018 photos by including the hashtag #WOC2018 on social media.

 


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April 5, 2018 Allied Ophthalmic Training Framework

The International Council of Accreditation has recently released A Framework for Allied Ophthalmic Training Programs.

This reference guide can be used to help organizations worldwide in starting a training program for ophthalmic assistants, understanding the roles of certification, licensure and accreditation, as well as the differences between them. The framework also serves to provide a quick tool for reviewing curriculum and certification examination content, and includes a sample schedule for developing classroom and clinical training.

Access the framework.


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April 5, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight two symposia: “Simulation for Teaching and Learning” on Sunday, 17 June, which will teach participants about surgical simulation and how to implement these low cost tools. “Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines” on Tuesday, 19 June, will give examples of WPBA tools, and will teach participants the rationale and steps for implementation of WPBAs for their own programs.

We thank all the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative, including our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter, the Alcon Foundation.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC

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April 5, 2018 ICO Fellowships in AAO’s Global Directory of Training Opportunities

The International Council of Ophthalmology Fellowships are now included in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Global Directory of Training Opportunities along with many other distinguished opportunities from around the world. You can search for our fellowships by typing “ICO” in the search field.

Explore the global directory

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April 5, 2018 Webinar: Technology Enhanced Learning

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine offers several online courses and webinars in 2018. Their next webinar will be on Thursday, 29 March at 3pm (BST). Ms. Veronica Mitchell, an experienced human rights educator, will discuss the digital skills and tools health professionals can use to support technology enhanced learning.

Learn more or sign up for the webinar.


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April 5, 2018 Basic Course in Glaucoma

This course from the World Glaucoma Association consists of four modules that address the basic aspects of glaucoma diagnosis: intraocular pressure, gonioscopy, standard automated perimetry, and clinical examination of the optic nerve. There is a multiple choice test with feedback at the end of each module. Certificates are awarded at the completion of the course. Participants must sign up for a free account to access the course.

Access the course.


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April 5, 2018 E-Learning Resource: Eye-Site

This interactive E-learning course offered by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists focuses on clinical assessment, refraction, ophthalmic public health, and microsurgery skills. Users will need to register for a free account.

Access the Eye-Site resources.


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April 5, 2018 Guidelines for Strabismus and Pediatric Ophthalmology

These recently updated AAO Preferred Practice Pattern guidelines (“PPP”), focused on Pediatric Ophthalmology, are designed to identify characteristics and components of quality eye care.

Preferred Practice Pattern: Amblyopia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Esotropia and Exotropia

Preferred Practice Pattern: Pediatric Eye Evaluations


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April 5, 2018 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Teaching in the Operating Room

This month we recommend the article “Teaching in the Operating Room: Trends in Surgical Skills Transfer in Ophthalmology,” by Drs. Anastasia Neufeld, Laura Hanson, and Jeff Pettey.

Access the article on the ICO’s Educator Blog.


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March 28, 2018 Call for Case Studies: Integrated Care for Diabetes and Eye Health

In December 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology, the International Diabetes Foundation, the World Optometry Council, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, released a joint statement on strengthening health systems to manage diabetic eye care. Now, the Global DR Advocacy Leadership Group has asked organizations from all across the world to submit case studies of successful integrated eye care programs in the fight against diabetes. The goal is to compile a compendium that leads to better policy and government action. The group is looking for a wide range of responders from low-, middle-, and high-resource countries, as well as initiatives of varying scope. Interested organizations are asked to fill out and submit this form by 9 April 2018 and return it to Ben Murphy, Global Advocacy Advisor, The Fred Hollows Foundation at bmurphy@hollows.org

For more information, read the call for case studies from The Global Advocacy Initiative on Diabetic Eye Disease.

For questions or clarification, please contact Ben Murphy at bmurphy@hollows.org


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February 25, 2018 Register for the 10th Eyexcel 16–20 July 2018

The ICO is pleased to announce its tenth year co-sponsoring the Eyexcel course along with the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) and the Seva Foundation. Eyexcel facilitates the creation or enhancement of ophthalmic training programs––ultimately increasing the availability of eye care.

This year’s Eyexcel course, “Expanding Global Eye Care Workforce through Excellence in Training,” will take place 16–20 July 2018 at the LAICO facility in Madurai, India.

The 2018 course will focus primarily on allied ophthalmic personnel training needs. Participants will define the skills their students require for eye health care responsibilities. The Eyexcel course will focus on producing specific teaching and assessment methods, program evaluation, and sustainability.

Many of the resources covered at Eyexcel are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators under “What to Teach” for Allied Eye Care Personnel.

The course is open to teams from anywhere around the world. Course size is limited, and the deadline for registration is 5 July 2018. To learn more about Eyexcel, see the course description (page pending updates for 2018). For additional information contact Ms. Dhivya Ramasamy at: dhivya@aravind.org.


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Education Initiatives

February 25, 2018 Online Course Opens 23 March: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking

A new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology will open for registration 23 March: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking.

The ability to think critically is an advantageous skill and is key to being a successful professional. This 8-week course is designed to improve analytical abilities, help you be more impactful in your decisions, and for teachers to become better equipped to support students in developing their own critical thinking skills.

There is no fee for the course, but proof of purchase of the reading material is required.


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February 25, 2018 ICO Collaboration with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center

To support ophthalmic learning worldwide, the ICO and the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center are collaborating on Moran’s global teaching portal–Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) International.

CORE is a collection of ophthalmic education resources and is intended to be a boundary-free, permanent learning and reference tool, at no cost to the user. The portal now closely maps the ICO Residency Curriculum offering residents, no matter their country, access to lectures related to specific curriculum goals for every year of their ophthalmology residency. CORE and the ICO are also collecting additional lectures, videos, and resources to further support the education of residents.


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February 25, 2018 Session Highlights: WOEC Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

As part of the WOEC, the course “Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge” will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill.

The case study “Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation” discussion will equip educators and program directors with the appropriate tools to feel confident applying effective remediation plans to deal with a variety of difficult situations.

Funding for the 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium sessions is provided in part by Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. Funding for the keynote luncheon of World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.


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February 25, 2018 Videos of the Scientific Groups of the Peruvian Society of Ophthalmology/Videos de los Grupos Científicos de la Sociedad Peruana de Oftalmología
These Spanish-language videos from the Peruvian Society of Ophthalmology cover a variety of topics useful for your teaching or to share with your learners.
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February 25, 2018 Courses: eLearning Courses by Orbis

Orbis International has launched three new courses on their telemedicine platform, Cybersight.org. A free Cybersight.org user account is required to access the courses.

These courses combine narrative, medical art and images, and surgical videos to optimize the learning experience, with downloadable articles, guidelines and practice manuals for reference. Full blended-learning curricula are available for the courses, which allow educators and residency program directors to combine the online content with in-person hands-on skills training sessions.


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