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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
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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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 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 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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August 1, 2017 Deadline for ICO Fellowship Applications is September 30th

The ICO and committed partners offer three-month, six-month, and one-year fellowships to help promising young ophthalmologists from low resource countries improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology.

ICO Fellowships include:

  • Three-Month Fellowships: flexible programs
  • Three-Month Fellowships: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma
  • Three-Month Fellowships: Pathology, Oncology, and Microbiology
  • Six-Month Fellowships: Diagnosis and Therapy of Retinoblastoma
  • One-Year: ICO-Retina Research Foundation Helmerich Fellowships
  • One-Year: ICO-Fred Follows Foundation Subspecialty Fellowships.

The deadline for application is September 30, 2017. ICO Three-Month Fellowships––unlike ICO One-Year Fellowships––are awarded twice a year, with application deadlines of March 31 and September 30.

Each ICO Fellowship has its own set of parameters and number of awards offered. Go to: www.icoph.org/fellowships to obtain more information. 


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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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May 1, 2017 Diabetic Retinopathy Awareness Mission - Lambini Eye Institute

Diabetic Reinopathy awareness and Screening camp was conducted at Tansen and Rampur of Palpa District of Lumbini Zone, Nepal on April 28-29, 2017 by the Lumbini Eye Institute. It's a part of the mission "No more blindness from Diabetic Retinopathy." It was started with a powerpoint presentation on awareness about Diabetic Retinopathy and 120 Diabetic patients were screened for Retininopathy.Those patients who need further investigations and treatment were referred to our base Hospital.


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Diabetic Eye Care

May 1, 2017 Dr. Lansingh recieves the 2017 Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award from PAAO

Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer for Latin America at HelpMeSee, has been selected by the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) to receive the Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award for 2017

 


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October 5, 2017 Eliminating Trachoma: Free Online Course Starts 2 October 2017

The International Centre for Eye Health and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine are re-running their successful free online course on Eliminating Trachoma beginning 2 October 2017. Enroll now

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists around the world to treat trachoma and to ensure the quality of trichiasis surgery through appropriate training and supervision. Read the ICO Bahrain Declaration on Trachoma and Trichiasis Surgery.

Free online course on how to grade trachoma.


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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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August 1, 2017 How to ‘Do’ CPD with Your Team

Recognizing that CPD is both the individual’s and organization’s responsibility, a series of articles in Community Eye Health Journal offer helpful guidance on providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training. Authored by leaders in the field, article topics are:

The CPD-focused issue notes mutual agreement around a set of desirable and implementable global standards and references the ICO Guide for Effective CPD/CME as a practical roadmap to core concepts and basic questions of CPD/CME.


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August 4, 2017 IAPB Releases Updated Statistics about Blindness and Low Vision

The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) has released updated statistics for the prevalence of blindness and low vision. These findings, published on 2 August in the Lancet, provide the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and visual impairment in the world.

The paper, published in the Lancet by the Vision Loss Expert Group (VLEG), provides the latest global estimates of the prevalence of blindness and MSVI in the world. By analysing data from 1990 to 2015, the VLEG have employed a sophisticated methodology to produce these detailed estimates, which also includes projections to 2020 for the first time.


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Advocacy/Vision 2020

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Research

May 2, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Spotlight: ARVO

The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) offers valuable training and advocacy resources.

ARVO’s new Research Essentials are a series of online self-paced modules that offer essential training and career development for clinicians, scientists, and students at all career levels. Users gain foundational knowledge, develop next-step skills, and receive a certificate of completion for each module. Learn more about ARVO’s online education.

You also can access ARVO’s free, public-friendly video series Revealing the back of the eye with OCT, which describes how optical coherence tomography (OCT) is impacting patients, policymakers, and the public. Clinicians are encouraged to share the videos with their patients. Learn more about the video series, an Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science OCT special issue, and how to download the real-world impact of OCT advocacy toolkit.

The ARVO Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of vision researchers and clinician-scientists from around the world, will be May 7-11 this year in Baltimore. Be sure to visit ICO Booth #4905 while at the Baltimore Convention Center Exhibit Hall.


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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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October 5, 2017 ICO Ophthalmic Educator Sessions at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD meeting, if you are attending the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting 11–14 November 2017, in New Orleans, USA, please join us at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the following ICO sponsored and co-sponsored sessions: 

  • Conference for Ophthalmic Educators: Improving Teaching Effectiveness (SYM05): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–17:30, Room 346-347.
    Open to all AAO registrants at no cost, the Conference is for those interested in education or in improving their own teaching. Tentative workshops include:

- Expanding the Education Division in Your Department: Working with Limited Resources
- Technology-Assisted Teaching
- The Roles and Competencies of a Good Teacher
- Types of Written Assessments: Examples and When to Use Each
- The Elements of Thought: Helping Your Residents Think Critically.

  • The Impact of International Council of Ophthalmology Examinations in Latin America (P0116): Sunday, 12 November, 12:45–13:45, Hall C, Presenting Author: Dr. Juan Batlle.
    The ICO Examinations were first offered in Latin America in 1995, and by 2015, a total of 600 exams in 12 languages were taken in the region. The ICO Exams are a proven asset for residency training programs, and passage can be a prerequisite for certification by national ophthalmologic societies and boards. 
  • Presentation Skills; How to Improve the Effectiveness of Your Lectures (248): Sunday, 12 November, 14:00–15:00, Room 340-341, Instructors: Drs. Ana Gabriela Palis and Peter Quiros.
    This course will increase participants’ skills in making presentations more engaging and effective. Participants will be able to (1) apply the adult learning principles involved in meaningful presentations, (2) organize content logically, (3) design clear and adequate slides, and (4) present in an interesting, interactive way.

ICO Booth at the AAO
When you are in the Exhibition Hall at the Convention Center, be sure to stop by the ICO Booth #4730/4732 in Hall D-1 and learn more about our Exams, Education, Fellowships, ICOFoundation, and the World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018).


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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 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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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

August 1, 2017 ICO Strategic Plan Outlines Roadmap for 2017–2020

How can the ICO more effectively work with ophthalmologic societies and others to preserve, restore, and enhance vision for the people of the world?

Based on critical input from ICO Member society leaders, committees, and ICO Board and Advisory Committee members, the ICO developed a strategic plan for 2017–2020 to help fulfill this mission. The Plan focuses on three goals:

  • Enhance education
  • Empower societies and leaders
  • Advance eye health.

Review the summary of the ICO Strategic Plan 2017–2020 or download the full Plan


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October 5, 2017 ICO WORLD Meeting in New Orleans: Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time

Can you enhance your communication skills to better meet your goals? “Confronting Leadership Challenges One Conversation at a Time” will be the topic of a robust discussion at the ICO’s World Ophthalmology Roundtable on Leadership Development (WORLD) at the American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in New Orleans, USA.

WORLD topics and speakers include: 

  • Leadership Happens One Conversation at a Time: Jon Rivas, Master Facilitator, Fierce Conversations, Inc. 
  • Specific Leadership Challenges in Ophthalmology: Dr. Liana Bruno, President, Fundação Altino Ventura, Brazil.

WORLD will take place at the Louisiana Ballroom, Loews Hotel on Saturday, 11 November from 12:00 to 13:45. A light lunch will be served at 11:30.

View the WORLD agenda.

Register for WORLD, a free and interactive event.


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