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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

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ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

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November 21, 2017 AMEE2018 Call for Abstract Submissions

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2018 annual meeting will be in Basel, Switzerland, from 25–29 August 2018.

Calls for abstract submissions for AMEE 2018 have been announced. Please note the short timeline for Research Papers and Doctoral Reports.


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October 25, 2017 App: 9 Gaze
The iOS app, 9 Gaze, documents eye motility and strabismus in the nine cardinal positions of gaze. The app provides an on-screen guide for eye positioning to assist with image consistency and automatically creates a composite image of the photographs for easy exporting.
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November 21, 2017 App: Eye Emergency Manual
An emergency manual is available as an app for both Android and Apple. The content within this app was developed by ophthalmic and emergency clinicians of the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It provides a quick and simple guide to recognizing important signs and symptoms, and management of common eye emergencies.
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November 21, 2017 Book: Mastering Techniques of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation

The second edition of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation: Mastering Techniques and Complications in Cataract Surgery is available.

This edition is greatly expanded in size and scope to accommodate the latest state-of-the-art methodologies and refinements in surgical strategies.


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November 27, 2017 Call for Papers: WHO World Report on Vision

Focusing on “what works,” the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for papers for a theme issue on vision that will also supplement a forthcoming World Report on Vision.

WHO welcomes papers for the special issue that: 

  • Provide evidence across all health strategies (eg, promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation) 
  • Focus on best practices, innovation, and the use of technology 
  • Identify gaps and provide solutions to ensure equitable access 
  • Integrate examples from low- and middle-income countries and different age groups 
  • Address health system issues, rather than focusing solely on one specific disease or condition.

The deadline for submission is 15 March 2018. More information and FAQs


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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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October 25, 2017 Chiefs’ Rounds from Wills Eye Hospital

View recorded “Chiefs’ Rounds” from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA online, where residents present two mystery cases to the Service Chiefs and Attending Physicians.

The case-based learning experience is designed as an ongoing update for practicing ophthalmologists engaged in comprehensive and subspecialty practice, as well as for ophthalmologists in training.


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October 26, 2017 Critical New Data on Vision Impairment

Data for causes of vision impairment and blindness form an important basis of recommendations in public health policies. While the prevalence of blindness has decreased globally, and vision for millions of people has been saved, there is still much to do.

The Vision Loss Expert Group published two articles in The Lancet in conjunction with World Sight Day that offer both valuable statistics and concerning analysis: 

  • The global level of blindness caused by cataracts in adults over age 50 has remained almost unchanged, declining from 36.7 percent in 1990 to 35.1 percent in 2015, with a further decline to 34.7 percent predicted by 2020. 
  • As the population aged 50-plus is set to rise dramatically, stalled progress on cataracts and other causes of blindness—and the progressive nature of those diseases—means the number of blind individuals is expected to triple by the year 2050. 
  • A lack of access to eye health care in low- and middle-income countries has slowed progress.

The articles––“Global Causes of Blindness and Distance Vision Impairment 1990–2020: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” and “Global Causes of Vision Loss in 2015”––follow the Vision Loss Expert Group’s earlier projections on global blindness and low vision published in the September 2017 issue of The Lancet.

On World Sight Day 2017, the IAPB Vision Atlas was published, which presents this complex data through maps and infographics along with context and expert commentary. The Atlas is an effective new tool for understanding these trends and for advocating an increased commitment to eye health. 


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November 21, 2017 Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
This recently released monograph is a continuing medical education activity from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and provides a comprehensive and updated overview on the best strategies for diagnosing and managing dry eye.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Research

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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October 26, 2017 ICO Member ICO Global Call to Action: Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant

The newly released ICO Position Statement on Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant actively promotes national sustainable self-sufficient practice and policy in relation to quality and safety, procedure, procurement, processing, and equitable distribution of human corneal tissue.

The ICO, Cornea Society, and Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations encourage ophthalmologists, eye banks, Ministries of Health, clinical service providers, and non-governmental advocacy groups to support this call to action by sharing the ICO Position Statement on Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant through your website, social media outlets, newsletters, or any other means to raise awareness of this important issue.

Together, we can further advocate, influence, and have a strong positive impact on eye health both locally and globally.


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Cornea

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