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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

The ICO Fellowships Program helps promising young ophthalmologists from developing countries improve their practical skills… More »

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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

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ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

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January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.


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Diabetic Eye Care

January 10, 2018 WOC2018 Offers 24 Hours of AMA CME!

With over 350 sessions, the scientific program of the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018) offers 24 hours of American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities.* Take full advantage; register and book your hotel now for WOC2018, 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain.

WOC2018 Invited Program

The invited program includes 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, with 78 of these sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies:


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World Ophthalmology Congress

January 10, 2018 ROP Guidelines: Protecting the Vision of Our Youngest Patients

As part of a new initiative to reduce blindness in babies, the ICO is collecting existing guidelines. The taskforce, led by Prof. Clare Gilbert, will develop a consensus on how best to prevent and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

If you have ROP organizational or institutional guidelines, or reports on ROP public health programs and their outcomes, please send your material to: info@icoph.org.

The ICO Task Force on ROP will use existing guidelines to: 

  1. Outline expectations for prevention and treatment of ROP in low, medium, and high resource areas. 
  2. Incorporate the critical competencies into ICO curricula and stimulate improved training and continuing professional development to meet public needs.
  3. Develop a framework to evaluate public health approaches and stimulate, develop, strengthen, and monitor relevant health systems.

Thank you for supporting the ICO’s efforts to protect children from sight-threatening ROP. For more on ROP, read the 11 November 2017 special issue of Community Eye Health Journal.


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January 10, 2018 ICO Education Sessions at the APAO Congress

Join the ICO for ICO-organized and ICO/APAO co-sponsored sessions on ophthalmic education at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress 8–11 February 2018 in Hong Kong: 

  • Are Your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium.

Find detailed information about the 2018 APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators. The 33rd APAO Congress will be at the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre. Be sure to stop by the ICO Booth 3B03 while in the Exhibition Hall.

Review the APAO Scientific Program, and register now for this opportunity to share and gain expertise with clinicians, eye surgeons, and researchers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.


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Education

January 10, 2018 ICO-SAFO Leadership Development Program in Dakar

The Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Francophone Africa presented an intensive one-day meeting on 3 December 2017, in Dakar, Senegal. Developed with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), with support from the ICO, the LDP program focused on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was held in conjunction with the 2017 SAFO Congress hosted by the Senegalese Ophthalmology Society and its President, Prof. Madoune Ndiaye.


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January 10, 2018 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Congratulations to two former ICO Three-Month Fellows who were awarded and served a 2017 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics One-Month Fellowship

  • Dr. Yacoub Yousef from King Hussein Eye Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, served his ICO Fellowship in Ocular Oncology under the supervision of Dr. Paul Finger at the New York Eye Cancer Center in 2011. Dr. Yousef is now a host for the ICO/Eye Cancer Foundation Six-Month Fellowship in Retinoblastoma
  • Dr. Soma Rani Roy, from Bangladesh, spent his ICO Fellowship in Oculoplastics in 2014 at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India. This was followed by an ICO Three-Month Retinoblastoma Fellowship at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, sponsored by the Children's Eye Cancer Foundation, Germany.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI) fellowship seeks to strengthen collaboration in genetic and genomic research and medicine and to expand this knowledge in developing nations.


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Fellowship

January 8, 2018 Happy New Year to Our Friends and Colleagues

The ICO Board of Trustees and staff wish you and your family a peaceful and prosperous 2018!

The ICO’s roots date back to 1857. With the support of dedicated partners, the ICO is increasing access to high quality eye care, and preserving and restoring vision. Some recent milestones: 

  • ICO membership includes 108 national societies, 7 regional societies, and 43 international subspecialty societies
  • Over 1,000 ICO Fellowships have been granted to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. 
  • More than 30,000 ophthalmologists have taken ICO Examinations at one of our 122 exam centers around the world. 
  • Nearly 2,000 program directors and faculty have participated in ICO Residency Program Directors Courses.

To learn more about what we have achieved together in our global alliance for sight, read the 2017 ICO Program Update.


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January 3, 2018 Applications Now Open for Specialist Certificate in Fundamentals of Eye Banking - University of Melbourne

A Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking from the University of Melbourne will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation.

The course will take place from 5 March 2018 to 3 June 2018. 

More information on cost, applicant requirements, important dates, and contact informantion.

 


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December 19, 2017 ICO Member Dominican Society of Ophthalmology: Raising Standards Through ICO Exams

Since making parts of the ICO Exams a requisite for society members, the Dominican Society of Ophthalmology has been able to better prepare ophthalmologists for the rigors of practicing medicine.

"The ICO examination has really transformed the way ophthalmology is taught in the Dominican Republic," Dr. Luis Batlle, Past President of VISION2020/IAPB-LA said in an interview with the ICO at PAAO 2017 in Lima (see video above). Dr. Batlle was joined by Dr. Frinè Salazar, Academic Coordinator of the Elias Santana Hospital in Santo Domingo, and Dr. Jose Asilis, President of the Dominican Society. Dr. Asilis explained that success in both the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections of the ICO Standard Exam (the Standard Exam also has a Clinical Science section) is required to join the Dominican Society; Dr. Salazar noted that the Exams have raised the academic level of both students and teachers.

In 2012, the first year ICO Exams were required, the Dominican Republic had just eight ophthalmologists pass the Basic Science and Optics and Refraction sections. For 2017, the number increased nearly tenfold to 78 ophthalmologists. The Dominican Republic currently has the third highest pass rates of the ICO Standard Exam in Latin America, behind Brazil and Mexico—countries with significantly larger populations. "The Dominican Republic can serve as a role model, not only in Latin American countries, but to countries around the world as an academic body of knowledge that can make us better ophthalmologists,” Dr. Batlle asserted. The ICO Exams are the only worldwide medical-specialty examinations.

“The ICO Exams’ goal is to raise standards,” explained Nicola Quilter, ICO Examinations Executive. “The Exams allow candidates the opportunity to gain international qualification and for institutes and hospitals to evaluate their training methods to an international standard.”

Currently, national societies in Yemen, Jordan, Chile, and India are also using ICO Exams in a similar way. 

Learn more about ICO Exams and how to get your society involved.


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December 15, 2017 Meet Dr. María Mánquez Hatta

Thanks to the generosity of International Council of Ophthalmology donors, the ICO has been able to provide more than 1,000 fellowships to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. These fellowship opportunities are an important part of the ICO's efforts to enhance ophthalmic education, advance eye health, and increase access to high-quality eye care.

We are pleased to share the following short video featuring Dr. María Mánquez Hatta, a past ICO Fellow from Chile who speaks about how her fellowship has helped to further her work in ocular oncology.

ICO Fellowship Fund

As you consider where to make your year-end charitable gifts, we invite you to support the ICO Fellowship Fund.

The ICO's Three-Month Fellowships provide valuable opportunities for promising young ophthalmologists from low-resource countries to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. ICO Fellowship awardees bring this acquired knowledge back to their home countries as they work to preserve vision, prevent blindness, and expand access to eye care.

Thank you for partnering with the ICO to provide these opportunities. 


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December 11, 2017 ICO 360° Assessment Tool

The article, “The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation,” has been published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The ICO 360° Assessment Tool is a multi-source feedback tool to assess and provide feedback to residents regarding their competence in “soft skills” such as interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism, as seen by different groups of people with whom the resident interacts (faculty, peer, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients). This assessment was developed specifically for ophthalmology residents by the ICO Education team, and has been validated by a panel of international experts.


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December 11, 2017 Educator Sessions at APAO 2018 Congress

If you are attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in February, the ICO will be co-sponsoring several sessions for educators and those interested in ophthalmic education.

Six APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators will be held during APAO 8–11 February 2018. 

  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • Are your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium

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December 11, 2017 Galería de Videos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología 2011–2017

Browse the video gallery of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s academic sessions, subspecialty videos, and the society’s video festivals.

Recorra la galería de videos de las sesiones académicas, vídeos de subespecialidades y festivales de vídeos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología.


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December 11, 2017 CyberSight: Live, Interactive Webinars
CyberSight offers free, live online training events for eye health professionals including comprehensive ophthalmology topic discussion, live audio and video, interactive presentations, surgical demonstrations, and expert Q&A.
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E-Learning

December 11, 2017 Ocular Ultrasound: A Quick Reference Guide for the On-Call Physician
This guide is a simple, introductory, "on-call survival guide" for ophthalmology residents using ocular ultrasound. It is a concise and practical quick stop for information.
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December 11, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program & Faculty Evaluation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program and Faculty Evaluation,” by Andreas K. Lauer.


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Education

December 1, 2017 HelpMeSee and ISMSICS Sign Multi-year Agreement to Promote Cataract Surgery

Chennai, India, Dec 1, 2017 - HelpMeSee has signed a 5-year sponsorship with The International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) to become a global sponsor of the Comprehensive Cataract Conferences (CCC) to promote safe cataract surgeries for eliminating the backlog of untreated cataract blindness worldwide. Organized by ISMSICS, CCC 2017 is currently underway in Chennai, India through December 3rd 2017, with HelpMeSee announced as the global sponsor and active participant in numerous events during the 3-day conference.

Read the full agreement.


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ICO Partners

November 27, 2017 WOC2018 Abstract and Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching

Would you like to present an abstract at the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain? Are you interested in taking advantage of reduced registration rates? Now is your opportunity to do both before time runs out! 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Submitted Program consists of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses, and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas. Abstract submissions are accepted in both English and Spanish.

Submit an Abstract Today. The Abstract Submission Tutorial provides an easy to follow guide, should you need assistance. 

  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: 13 December 2017

Save up to €90 per person by taking advantage of early-bird rates and registering today for WOC2018. Register Now.


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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 By the Numbers

As we look towards the upcoming year, here are some exciting numbers to consider about the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain, which is now just months away: 

The Invited Program consists of 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology: 

  • 119 sessions covering 25 subject areas organized by invited subspecialty program coordinators 
  • 68 sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies 
  • 28 sessions for Subspecialty Day (Saturday, 16 June) covering 7 subspecialties: cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, and retina 
  • 10 ICO Special Symposia covering a wide array of topics.

View the Invited Program to see schedule-at-a-glance, session speakers, speaker list by country, participating societies, chairpersons, scientific program committee members, and invited program coordinators.


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November 27, 2017 Leadership Challenges Explored at ICO WORLD Meeting

Enhancing communication skills to better meet your goals was the focus of two presentations and robust discussion at the ICO World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD), at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana on 11 November.

More than 80 guests considered this year’s WORLD theme: “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time.” Led by Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator with Fierce Conversations, Inc. and Dr. Liana Ventura, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil, the audience explored how to have “difficult” conversations that effectively strengthen work and personal relationships. Attendees shared their perspectives during the intriguing discussion––further cementing WORLD’s reputation as a thought-provoking, educational event.


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