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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
February 20, 2018 Educators Stay Connected and Informed

The ICO is committed to improving the quality of ophthalmic training. In support of this goal, the ICO offers educators resources and tools to stay abreast of new information. 

  • The Center for Ophthalmic Educators is a key component of the ICO’s educator program, offering an array of educational tools for teachers of residents, medical students, subspecialty fellows, practicing ophthalmologists, and allied ophthalmic personnel. Educators can also share ideas and collaborate with peers through the Center’s discussion forums. 
  • The monthly Ophthalmic Educators Letter highlights valuable resources and tools, courses, upcoming events for teachers, and other relevant news. Sign up for the Ophthalmic Educators Letter
  • The ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) provides a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

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April 25, 2018 Emerging International Leaders and Young Ophthalmologists are the Pacesetters of Tomorrow

Emerging International Leaders (EILs) and Young Ophthalmologists (YOs) are at the forefront of a long and exciting professional life, and WOC2018 offers numerous opportunities to meet and socialize with newfound EIL and YO colleagues: 

  • EIL and YO Lounge: Open Daily, 8:30–17:30, Tibidabo Suite 
  • EIL and YO Reception: Sunday, 17 June, 18:30–19:30, Room 7.1, Conference Center 7 
  • EIL Brainstorming Discussion and Happy Hour: Sunday, 17 June, 17:30, Room 22, Hall 8.0 
  • YO Informal Night Out; Sunday, 17 June; stop by the EIL/YO Lounge for details.

The ICO Emerging International Leaders Initiative, part of the ICO 2017–2020 Strategic Plan, offers opportunities for networking, mentorship, and leadership skill improvement, especially for those interested in ICO activities or in becoming a future ophthalmic society leader. For more information about this initiative, email Jennifer Hanes, ICO Membership and Society Relations Manager, at jhanes@icoph.org.


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April 11, 2018 Enroll Now: Learning and Teaching Critical Thinking

Join the new online course organized by the International Council of Ophthalmology: 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.

Learn more about the course.


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May 15, 2018 Expand Your Educational and Clinical Skills with ICO Online Courses

ICO Online Courses are designed for the busy professional and can be accessed at the user’s convenience for 16 weeks following enrollment.

ICO Online Courses Available Now

Upcoming ICO Online Courses 


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January 22, 2018 ICO Member Firework-related Eye Injuries Study Questionnaire

Eye injuries from fireworks are a recurrent problem, and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE) is collecting data to provide a worldwide perspective on firework-related eye injuries.

If you have seen patients with eye injuries from fireworks, please complete this questionnaire, which is available through 28 February 2018. The Netherlands instigated the Firework-related Eye Injuries Study, and the SOE will share final data.

The ICO encourages ophthalmologists and ophthalmology societies to advocate to their national governments for a ban on consumer fireworks as a strategy to prevent unnecessary blindness and visual impairment from firework-related injuries. Read the ICO Position Paper on the Global Ban of Consumer Fireworks.


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January 22, 2018 Glaucoma Evidence Map from Sightsavers

Sightsavers new Evidence Gap Map (EGM) for Glaucoma is a visual tool applicable to low- and middle-income countries that displays evidence from systematic and literature reviews. Presented in an accessible user-friendly format, the EGM highlights gaps for future research.

Sightsavers also offers thematic EGMs for cataract, diabetic retinopathy, refractive error, and trachoma. Related supportive resources are the ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care and the ICO Guidelines for Diabetic Eye Care.


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May 15, 2018 Government Support of Eye Care Sees Major Advancement in Africa

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) launched the second generation of the “Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness” (AFAB) in Tunisia on 2 April 2018.

IDB Member states initially committed $30 million dollars to support eye care in 12 African countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Comoros, Cöte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, and Togo.

Expected accomplishments in this second phase include one million cataract operations, 11 million children screened for refractive errors, 700 scholarships for the training of eye health professionals, and additional services for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and some of its members are partnering with the IDB on this initiative and will assist in developing plans to provide sustainable comprehensive eye services.

The first-phase of the AFAB program (2008–2015) targeted eight member countries, provided eye care to more than 244,000 individuals, and restored sight to approximately 49,000 people. The program was initiated by Dr. Ahmed Trabelsi, ICO Advisory Committee member and President of the Nadi Al Bassar Foundation, who approached the IDB about eradicating blindness in Africa.


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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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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 22, 2018 ICO 360-Degree Assessment Tool for Ophthalmology Residents

Evaluate your residents’ interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice with the new ICO 360-degree assessment tool published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology by Drs. Gabriela Palis, Karl Golnik, Eduardo Mayorga, Helena Filipe, and Prashant Garg.

The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation” provides feedback to residents about their competence in these valuable “soft skills,” as viewed by the people with whom they interact, such as faculty, peers, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients.

The ICO recommends 360-degree assessments for evaluations, and this is the first tool developed for ophthalmology residents that has received international content validation.


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May 15, 2018 ICO Advanced Exam and ICO Subspecialty Examinations Application Deadline is 31 July

Apply now to take the ICO Advanced Examination and the ICO Subspecialty Examinations, which will be offered at testing centers around the world on 17 October 2018. The deadline to apply is 31 July.

The ICO Advanced Examination is offered to ophthalmologists who have passed all three parts of the ICO Standard Examination or an examination of similar standard. Candidates who pass the ICO Advanced Examination, along with a local face-to-face examination, may use the post-nominal acronym FICO.

The ICO Subspecialty Examinations are offered for cornea and external disease; glaucoma; medical and surgical retina; neuro-ophthalmology; oculoplastics; pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus; and uveitis.

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


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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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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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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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February 20, 2018 ICO Member Societies: A Global Network in Francophone Africa

Further connecting the world’s ophthalmologists, the ICO proudly welcomes the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) and eight other societies from Sub-Saharan Africa as ICO Member societies.

SAFO was created at a 1992 meeting in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, by ophthalmologists from French-speaking countries of West Africa. Under the SAFO regional umbrella, the following national societies have also joined the ICO alliance for sight: 

  • Benin Society of Ophthalmology (SBO) 
  • Burkina Faso Society of Ophthalmology (BSO) 
  • Gabon Society of Ophthalmology (SGO) 
  • Ivory Coast Society of Ophthalmology (SIO) 
  • Mali Society of Ophthalmology (SOMAO) 
  • Niger Society of Ophthalmology (SNO) 
  • Senegal Society of Ophthalmology (SSO) 
  • Togo Society of Ophthalmology (STO)

Ressources pour les enseignants
For ophthalmologists and educators in Francophone Africa and elsewhere, the ICO offers numerous resources translated into French, including: 


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April 25, 2018 ICO Member Society Spotlight: Hungarian Ophthalmological Society

The Hungarian Ophthalmological Society (HOS) carries forward Hungary’s proud ophthalmologic heritage. Ophthalmology education began at the University of Pest in 1801, and the first Hungarian journal dedicated to ophthalmology, Ophthalmologia Hungarica (Szemészet), began in 1864 and was one of the earliest specialty journals in the world.

The HOS, founded in 1904, engages with national societies in central and southern Europe and counts more than 600 active members. Supporting their mission to promote ophthalmic education and further medical research, the HOS recently published three studies outlining results of their Hungarian rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) with diabetic retinopathy (DR) study: 

Find more RAAB studies and findings at the RAAB Repository.


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January 22, 2018 ICO One-Year Fellowship Awardees

Congratulations to our 2018–2019 ICO-Retina Research Foundation (RRF) Helmerich Fellowship awardees and ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship awardees:

ICO-Retina RRF Helmerich Fellowship 

  • Dr. Hassan Mansoor from Islamabad, Pakistan, will train in cornea and external diseases at Singapore National Eye Center. 
  • Dr. Supalert Prakhunhungsit from Bangkok, Thailand, will gain valuable expertise in retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric retina at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, USA.
  • Dr. Linda Cernichiaro Espinosa from Mexico, is completing her ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship in the same subspecialty at Bascom Palmer.

ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship 

  • Dr. Tumenjargal Lkhagvatseren from Ulanbaataar, Mongolia, will study pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at the University of Bologna, Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

The application deadline for ICO Three-Month and Six-Month Fellowships is 31 March 2018. The application deadline for the One-Year ICO-RRF Helmerich Fellowship and the One-Year ICO-Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship is 30 September 2018.

Find more information about ICO Fellowships, including how to apply, at: http://www.icoph.org/refocusing_education/fellowships.html.


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May 30, 2018 ICO Online Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials Course
We are pleased to announce that the new online clinical course, “Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials” is open. The course, taught by instructors Drs. Karl Golnik and Ama Sadaka, is available to begin at any time.
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May 30, 2018 ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group on LinkedIn

As was previously announced, the ICO has formed a special interest group for ophthalmic educators, the ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG). The ICO-OEG supports educators and teachers of ophthalmology and recognizes ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology.

As part of these efforts, the ICO has created an ICO-OEG LinkedIn group with the goal of creating a dynamic online space for ophthalmic educators to network, share resources, and discuss issues relevant to their profession. If you are an educator or involved in ophthalmic education, we are pleased to extend an invitation for you to join.


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World Ophthalmology Congress

January 25, 2018 ICO Reception at APAO 9 February 2018
The ICO will be holding a reception at the APAO Congress in Hong Kong on 9 February at 18:30–20:00. The reception is open to everyone and we invite all ophthalmic educators to attend. The reception will take place in Boardroom 8 (Lower Lobby), of the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel.
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