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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
June 28, 2017 Register Now for WOC2018 in Barcelona

Join us June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via Conference Center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries.

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website opens on August 21, 2017, and the abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, “WOC2018 Call for Abstracts.” 

Register now to attend the longest continuous international medical meeting, with:

  • A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.


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June 28, 2017 Re a Le Amogela! We Welcome You to WOC2020!

We invite you to the June 26–29, 2020, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Cape Town, South Africa. WOC2020––hosted by the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa––marks the first time the WOC will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WOC2020 is expected to host more than 12,000 delegates from countries across the globe, with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. What better time to bring attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges it faces than 2020? What better place than Cape Town to share the latest research, introduce new technologies, and open up a world of educational resources?

We know WOC2020 will enrich your mind, but we expect it will also capture your heart. Mark your calendars now to attend this historic Congress. Learn more and signup to receive updates at: woc2020.icoph.org.


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World Ophthalmology Congress

June 28, 2017 David E I Pyott Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology Scholarship Application Deadline is July 28

Six scholarships for online distance learning of Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology are available for students from Africa, South Asia, Caribbean Islands, Pacific Islands, and Central and South America.

Scholarships are awarded to students who are accepted for admission to the online distance learning Master of Surgery in Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh. Applications are due July 28, 2017, with applicants notified of the outcome by September 30, 2017.

Scholarships cover tuition, as well as provide access to a broadband facility and laptop. Funding is provided by the David E I Pyott Foundation. Learn more about the Master of Surgery Program in Clinical Ophthalmology.


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June 28, 2017 Deadline to Apply for ICO Advanced Exam is July 31

Apply now to sit for the ICO Advanced Examination on October 26, 2017. The application deadline is July 31.

The Advanced ICO Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examination or an examination of similar standard. Passing the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a qualifying local face-to-face examination, entitles the successful candidate to use the post-nominal acronym FICO (Fellow of the ICO).

Go to: www.icoph.org/refocusing_education/examinations.html for more information and to download an application form.


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June 28, 2017 ICO Sessions and Reception at the PAAO Congress

While in Lima, Peru, for the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) Congress, August 9–12, 2017, join the ICO for an educational session, symposia, and a reception.  

  • Session for Educators
    Wednesday, August 9; 8:00–10:00, Ichmal 1 & 2; SMP192
    “Estrategias innovadoras en la evaluación de residents,” coordinated by Dr. Eduardo Mayorga, will be presented in Spanish without translation. Participants must be PAAO Congress registrants to participate. 
  • ICO and Joint Symposia
    Friday, August 11; 8:00–10:00, Huallamarca; SMP221
    “ICO International Guidelines: Glaucoma and Diabetic Eye Care” will provide an overview of ICO guidelines that offer international consensus on the proper screening, assessment, and treatment of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. The session is coordinated by Dr. Neeru Gupta, ICO Vice President.

    Friday, August 11; 14:00–15:30, Huallamarca; SMP163
    “Safety in the Clinic and Operating Room” will explore American Academy of Ophthalmology, World Health Organization, and ICO global patient safety initiatives. The joint session is chaired by Drs. Richard Abbott, Neeru Gupta, and Ana Luisa Hofling-Lima.

    Saturday, August 12; 8:00–10:00, Pachacamac; SMP261
    “ICO Exams and Fellowships” presented by Dr. Luis Amaya, Section Leader, ICO Clinical Sciences; Dr. Berthold Seitz, ICO Fellowships Director; and Cordula Gabel-Obermaier, ICO Fellowships Executive. 

  • ICO Reception
    Thursday, August 10; 18:30-20:00; Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center; Room: Limatambo 1

    The ICO will be hosting a casual reception for ICO Member society leaders; ICO Examinations and Fellowships alumni and hosts; and educators involved with or interested in the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group. Join the festivities and RSVP for the ICO Reception

  • ICO Booth
    Be sure to visit the ICO at Booth #A-11 when you are in the Lima Convention Center Exhibition Hall.

Sign up for updates on the ICO offerings at PAAO 2017.


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June 28, 2017 Canadian Ophthalmological Society Launches
See the Possibilities Campaign

The Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) recently launched its first public awareness campaign, See the Possibilities / Voir les Possibilités, in honor of National Vision Health Month.

The COS initiated the campaign after identifying a need to improve public, government, health care professional, and stakeholder awareness of the unique skills and training of ophthalmologists. The goal of the three-year campaign is to help educate Canadians about the important role of ophthalmologists as medical and surgical leaders in eye health care.

Told through the voices of Canadian patients who share inspiring stories about their sight restoration, See the Possibilities / Voir les Possibilités demonstrates the transformative effect ophthalmologists have on the lives of their patients.

Videos and patient experiences will be presented online, on social media, and through traditional media outreach. To learn more about the COS campaign, visit: www.seethepossibilities.ca or www.voirlespossibilites.ca.


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June 2, 2017 Announcing WOC2018 Award Recipients

Come celebrate the achievements of our colleagues at the June 16, 2018, Opening Ceremony of the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain. WOC2018 award recipients are:

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

The Opening Ceremony and award presentation begins at 18:00 in the Fira Gran Via Conference Center, Hall 8.1. Following the event, the evening’s festivities continue with a welcome reception for all attendees.

Register now for the June 16–19, 2018, World Ophthalmology Congress, and be part of global ophthalmology’s largest and most influential ophthalmic event. ¡Nos vemos allí!


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June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Sessions and Receptions at the 2017 SOE Congress

While in Barcelona June 10–13, 2017, for the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) Congress, join the ICO for two 90-minute sessions focused on ophthalmic education, a reception for ICO Members, a reception for ICO Examinations and Fellowships, and a reception for the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG), which is open to everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

In addition to these events, the ICO is participating in a course with the World Health Organization, a symposium with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and a symposium with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. Learn more about these ICO-related sessions

The ICO can also be found at stand #22 in the Exhibition Hall of the Convention Center International of Barcelona (CCIB). Please stop by and say hello!


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Conference/Congress

June 2, 2017 New Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Curriculum

The ICO Subspecialty Curriculum for Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus has been finalized and is available for download.

The pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus curriculum strives to present an international consensus on what ophthalmologic subspecialists in training should be taught, and the curriculum can be adapted and modified to meet local and regional needs. Your comments on this curriculum and all ICO curricula are encouraged and will be considered for future revisions.

The ICO thanks the committee members and the committee co-chairs, Drs. Dorothy Fan and Christopher Yu, for their tremendous efforts and is grateful for the commitment and involvement of ICO Subspecialty Member Societies in the ongoing development of subspecialty curricula


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Pediatric, Strabismus, Genetics

June 2, 2017 Patient Safety: a Global Priority for All

The ICO calls on societies and ophthalmologists around the world to support and advocate for the elimination of human suffering from errors related to eye surgery.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors recommends adherence to standard protocols and procedures by integration of safety promotion systems that involve the entire surgical team. Essential aspects of a standard checklist include preoperative verification, site marking, and a surgical pause.

Patient safety is also a priority of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). At the European Society of Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on June 11, 2017, the ICO is participating in the symposium “Safety in the Clinic and OR: Improving Patient Care and Staying Out of Trouble.” Please join us in sharing experiences and insights.

The ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors also includes links to valuable patient safety resources from the WHO and AAO.


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Guidelines

June 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: Syrian Ophthalmological Society

The Syrian Ophthalmological Society (SOS) was founded in 1965 and counts approximately 90 ophthalmologists as members.

The society’s current focus is on recruiting and training young doctors, but SOS Director of General Relations Dr. Abdul Aziz Badla notes their greatest challenge is the inability to obtain outside visas, meaning young Syrian ophthalmologists cannot attend international conferences and benefit from the educational opportunities they offer. “As we are unable to travel,” Dr. Badla says, “it would be immensely helpful if ophthalmologists can come here and share their knowledge with us through creation of courses.”

The SOS recently held their annual conference in Damascus, Syria, to an enthusiastic response, with almost 550 participants attending. The ICO presented multiple talks at the conference via video presentations.

If you are interested in collaborating with the SOS on courses and/or other educational support, please email Dr. Badla at: ‪abdulaziz.badla@yahoo.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


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June 2, 2017 Advancing Ophthalmic Education and Eye Care in Syria

Dr. Ahmed Hassan Batal, a member of the ICO Examinations Committee, is supporting ophthalmic education in Syria by sponsoring all Syrian ophthalmologists who take the ICO Examinations. To date, more than 60 candidates have benefited from his generosity.

In addition to financial support, Dr. Batal––a pediatric ophthalmologist from Saudi Arabia––is the medical director of Emel Hospital in Syria, providing frontline care in the battle torn region.

Read more about Dr. Batal and his humanitarian contributions in Community Eye Health Journal.


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ICO Partners

June 2, 2017 ICO Staff Leadership Changes

Given the recent passing of ICO Executive Director Kathy Miller, the ICO has named Lindsey Washburn as Chief Operating Officer. Lindsey has been with the ICO for over ten years––most recently as Director of Partnerships and Administration––and she will continue to oversee advocacy, eye care delivery, and partnerships with NGOs. She reports to ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Sarah Russell has been promoted to ICO Board and Office Manager and will now handle a large portion of Lindsey’s administrative and human resources responsibilities.

Kathy was also actively involved in the ICO’s educational programs, and Christine Graham, Education Manager, will now take greater responsibility for education.

Please join us in congratulating Lindsey, Sarah, and Christine on their well-deserved promotions.


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About the ICO

May 2, 2017 In Remembrance: Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director

The ICO family mourns the loss of Executive Director Kathy Miller, who passed away on April 20th following a battle with cancer that lasted more than two decades. She died peacefully in her home in San Francisco, surrounded by loved ones.

“Despite the battle she was fighting, Kathy maintained her positive spirit and sense of humor and was a superb leader and role model for the staff,” said ICO Chief Executive Officer Bill Felch.

Kathy began working with the ICO in 2010 as a consultant focusing on education and was named ICO Executive Director in 2012. Among many accomplishments, Kathy played a key role in development of the ICO Teaching the Teachers initiative to improve ophthalmic education and meet the growing need for eye care worldwide.

“I am very, very sorry to hear this sad news,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor. "It is a great loss of a wonderful woman and friend.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Kathy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about Kathy’s life.


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Leadership

May 2, 2017 First Nonprofit Subspecialty Eye Hospital and Training Institute Opens in Francophone Africa

Dedicated to delivering comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care and to training ophthalmologists and allied ophthalmic personnel, the Magrabi-ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé was officially inaugurated on March 29, 2017.

MICEI is the first not-for-profit subspecialty and training eye hospital in the Central Africa Region and offers services––independent of a patient’s ability to pay––for cataract, glaucoma, retina and vitreous surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, refractive surgery, orbit and oculoplastic surgery, and neuro-ophthalmology.

In conjunction with the University of Yaoundé, MICEI will offer hands-on training to educate the eye care experts of tomorrow for Cameroon and the region. The Institute is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is operated in accordance with the strictest international standards.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang presided over the inauguration on behalf of the President of Cameroon and recognized the critical contributions of the primary donor, chairman of the Africa Eye Foundation, and leader of the project Dr. Akef el-Maghraby; MICEI Chief Executive Officer Prof. Daniel Etya’ale; and MICEI Medical Director Dr. Henry Nkumbe.

Also participating were government ministers, and representatives from key partners, such as the ICO, CBM, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Latham & Watkins, Lions Club, Orbis, Seeing is Believing, Sightsavers, Thea Foundation, and the University of Yaoundé 1, as well as ophthalmic industry.

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ICO Partners

May 2, 2017 Working Together to End Trachoma by 2020

Can we eliminate trachoma by 2020? Cautious optimism was in the air at the April 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) summit in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), attendees included Bill Gates, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, and other leaders in the field, including ICO Board members.

“If we are able to operate on all the patients with trichiasis and prevent them from developing new corneal scarring and blindness, we would end all new cases of blindness from trachoma by 2020,” said ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, a featured speaker at the summit.

With this once in a lifetime opportunity to end a major blinding eye disease, the ICO has asked each national ophthalmic society in a country where trachoma is still present to eliminate trichiasis in the next three years by looking at the trichiasis surgery programs in their country and doing whatever they can to mobilize ophthalmologists and harness the necessary resources.


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Research

May 2, 2017 ICO’s Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery

Trachoma affects approximately 150 million people worldwide, and the ICO is dedicated to its eradication. The ICO outlined this commitment in our 2009 Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery. The declaration builds on the ICO’s long history of leadership in the prevention of trachomatous blindness: 

  • The organization that became the ICO grew out of actions in 1857 to address the problem of trachoma in Europe. 
  • In 1928, the ICO led international efforts to focus on trachoma around the world. 
  • The ICO is a founding member of the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness. 
  • The ICO is a partner in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight. 
  • ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor literally wrote the book on trachoma.

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Eye Care

May 2, 2017 WOC2018: By the Numbers

A little more than a year away, the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018), June 16–19 in Barcelona, Spain, will offer a compelling scientific program bringing together top specialists from around the world to share their expertise and experience.

Here are some relevant numbers: 

  • 86 ICO Member Societies (46 subspecialty, 36 national and 4 supranational) will participate in the scientific program with 71 sessions. 
  • WOC2018 co-host, the Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery, will have 32 sessions over the 4-day Congress. 
  • 132 invited program subspecialty coordinators have organized 110 sessions. 
  • The submitted program will consist of 60 instruction courses, 48 free paper sessions, and another potential 48 poster pod sessions (interactive poster presentations) covering 20 subspecialties and interests. 
  • The WOC Barcelona Film Festival will offer approximately 60 videos. 
  • 28 topics in 7 subspecialties will be discussed over 2 days at the WOC Breakfast Club.

Register now for WOC2018 and reserve your hotel in beautiful Barcelona.


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May 2, 2017 ICO Member World Glaucoma Association Sponsors ICO Fellowships

The World Glaucoma Association (WGA) has sponsored four ICO Three-Month Fellowships for young ophthalmologists from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The ICO-WGA Fellowships have been awarded to ophthalmologists from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, and Togo. Each fellow is receiving US$6,000 to cover expenses and free registration for the June 28–July 1, 2017 World Glaucoma Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The Fellows will spend their summer training in Finland, with hosts Drs. Tero Kivelä, Helsinki University Central Hospital; Anja Tuulonen, Tampere University Hospital; and Eija Vesti, University of Turku.


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May 2, 2017 Updated: ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME), reinforcing that medical education goes far beyond certification.

The book, updated in March 2017, is presented in a problem-based format and enables the user to navigate easily to sections they find most relevant. The guide covers CPD/CME concepts, the individual’s role in CPD, the educator’s role in CPD, organizational development of CPD, and the regulator’s role in CPD.

Dr. Helena Filipe, Chair of the ICO Continuing Professional Development Committee, presented the ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME at the November 2016 European CME Forum in Amsterdam.


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