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Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
October 26, 2017 ICO Medical Education for Ophthalmology Training

The July 2017 edition of Annals of Eye Science focuses on medical education for ophthalmology training, and addresses medical educational principles and changes that have occurred over the past two decades.

ICO Director of Education, Dr. Karl Golnik, was an invited editor for the special issue. Articles include: “Presenting with Credibility” by Dr. Ana Gabriela Palis, “The Fallacy of the Traditional Classroom” by Dr. Eduardo Mayorga, “Workplace-Based Assessments” and “Program Accreditation” by Dr. Golnik, and “Continuing Professional Development: Progress Beyond Continuing Medical Education” by Dr. Helena Felipe, Dr. Heather Mack, and Dr. Golnik.

Read the issue at: http://edm.amegroups.com/aes/aes_007.html.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Member Societies Make Vision Count for World Sight Day

ICO Member societies actively engaged in World Sight Day 2017, successfully advancing awareness about eye health. The Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan (TOS), for example, hosted events that garnered significant media coverage and tens of thousands of online interactions.

Collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, Alcon Taiwan, and the government, the TOS kicked off their “More to See” Cataract Awareness Campaign with an eye care press conference in August. The TOS then held a Facebook photo contest, “Love From Your Eyes,” which creatively linked eye health to making emotional connections through eye contact. The contest attracted 500 participants and 27,000 “likes” on social media.

“World Sight Day in Taiwan,” a second press conference in October, focused on the large percentage of Taiwanese who overuse 3C products (ie, computer, communication, and consumer electronics), and their negative impact on both eye health and social interactions.

Thank you ICO Member societies for working to ensure that World Sight Day is a successful advocacy and communications event.


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October 26, 2017 ICO Member ICO Member Society Spotlight: Malaysian Ophthalmology Society

The Malaysian Society of Ophthalmology (MSO) represents nearly 700 ophthalmologists in Malaysia. Active and expanding, MSO efforts to improve eye health include: 

Learn more about the MSO at: http://mso.org.my.


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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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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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November 27, 2017 ICO Subspecialty Examinations

In conjunction with publication of the ICO Subspecialty Curricula, the ICO is evaluating offering related subspecialty examinations. The ICO conducted its first ICO Subspecialty Examination in Cornea and External Disease in 2016. The trial exam was co-hosted by the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and held online in centers across India.

In September 2017, the ICO launched Subspecialty Examinations in five other curricula-related subjects in addition to cornea: Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Motility, and Uveitis. In addition to the online examinations hosted by the AIOS, a paper-based examination in Neuro-Ophthalmology was given in Cairo, Egypt. In 2018, a new ICO Subspecialty Examination in Oculoplastics will be introduced and additional countries will serve as hosts.

Learn more about the ICO Examinations.


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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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October 1, 2017 ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship

The ICO is excited to announce a new fellowship opportunity in conjunction with Allergan: The ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship. The opportunity allows the best young ophthalmologists (basic or clinical) from both developed and low-resource countries to continue research in one of eight subspecialties at the university of his or her choice, preferably in another country. The fellowship covers one year of research in glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumours, uveitis, dry eye, or cornea. 

The ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship is awarded to one person per year, with an deadline of 15 January 2018.

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View more information on the ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship


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November 27, 2017 Impact Loan Offers Innovative Approach to Preventing Blindness

To support upwards of 18,000 cataract surgeries over the next five years, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has committed US$2 million to the Magrabi ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The Cameroon Development Impact Loan is results-based, with investors providing upfront financing and donor organizations repaying investors their principal plus a return based on realized performance in delivering outcomes.

MICEI–– the only regional subspecialty-training center in Francophone Africa––provides comprehensive, high-quality, and affordable eye care in an underserved region. Organizations contributing to the success of this endeavor are the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Sightsavers, the Africa Eye Foundation, and D. Capital Partners.


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June 28, 2017 In Remembrance: Prof. Akira Nakajima

It is with sadness that we share the passing of Past ICO President Prof. Akira Nakajima, who died on June 16 at the age of 93. “He was immensely wise and patient,” says Current ICO President Prof. Hugh Taylor, who worked with Prof Nakajima for many years. “His contributions over time to ophthalmology cannot be overestimated.”

Specializing in genetics, refraction, and cornea, Prof. Nakajima became a Professor at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan, at the age of 38, where he created a strong department. “Akira was an outstanding national and international figure in ophthalmology, and he made enormous contributions in teaching, research, and clinical practice,” says Dr. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Treasurer.

Prof. Nakajima began a reorganization and elevation of the ICO during his tenure as President (1990–1998), and he continued this service as an Honorary Life Member of the ICO Board. “Akira was an intense worker, inveterate traveler, and a kind individual,” says ICO Immediate Past President Dr. Bruce Spivey.

He was President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) from 1972 to 1976 and President of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis from 1988 to 1990. In acknowledgment of his contributions to ophthalmology, the ICO presented Prof. Nakajima with the Gonin Medal for outstanding work and research in 1986, and he received the José Rizal Medal from the APAO in 1987.

Please send tributes to Prof. Nakajima to news@icoph.org.


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November 27, 2017 ICO Member IUSG Course for Uveitis in Addis Ababa

The International Uveitis Study Group (IUSG) and the ICO are sponsoring the 1st Uveitis Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17–23 February 2018.

Similar to the IUSG’s uveitis course in Venice, Italy, the Ethiopian course covers the whole field of uveitis. The interactive program allows in-depth discussion on management of uveitis issues, and attendees will learn how to evaluate patients, develop a differential diagnosis, interpret imaging results, and optimize a treatment strategy.

Taught by an international faculty of highly experienced uveitis specialists and limited to 80 attendees, the one-week course will be at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

Download a flyer for course details, registration fees, and accommodation information.


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Uveitis and Ocular Immunology

October 25, 2017 Join Us: New Orleans Conference for Ophthalmic Educators 11 November 2017

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference for Ophthalmic Educators "Improving Teaching Effectiveness" on Saturday, 11 November 2017, from 14:00–17:30, during the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA.

The workshops and plenary will cover topics not offered before at Conferences at the AAO meeting:

Workshops (opportunity to attend 2) 

  • 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 
  • How to Organize a Successful Clinical Exam 
  • The Elements of Thought: Helping Your Residents Think Critically

Plenary 

  • The Global Spectrum of ICO Education Activities

The Conference for Ophthalmic Educators is open to all AAO registrants at no additional charge and is for anyone interested in education or in improving their own teaching.


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October 25, 2017 Journal: Educación Médica

The journal, Educación Médica, publishes articles in Spanish and English, and covers all aspects of health sciences education, such as lesson planning and curriculum development, educational resources, teaching methodology, educational techniques, teacher accreditation, learning styles, outcomes, evaluation, etc.

La revista Educación Médica es una revista científica de periodicidad trimestral, que publica artículos en español y en inglés, y que considerará para su publicación aquellos trabajos relacionados con la educación en las Ciencias de la Salud en todos sus aspectos: la planificación docente y el desarrollo de la docencia; los recursos educativos; la metodología docente; las técnicas educativas; la acreditación docente; los estilos de aprendizaje; los resultados; la evaluación; etc.


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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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October 5, 2017 Leadership Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Anglophone Africa celebrated the graduation of its first class on 15 August 2017, in Kampala, Uganda. The two-day LDP meeting, held in conjunction with the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COECSA) Scientific Congress, covered a wide range of topics and was organized with support from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the ICO, and COECSA.

Francophone Africa’s first LDP class will graduate in conjunction with the Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Congress on 3 December 2017 in Dakar, Senegal. ICO Vice President Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, will serve on the faculty for the second year.

The LDPs in Anglophone and Francophone Africa focus on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. With a strong and invested faculty, the LDP courses follow a model set by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and cover a broad spectrum of subjects, including advocacy, engagement, society strengthening, navigating challenges, and building coalitions.

ICO Vice President Kgaogelo “Eddie” Legodi, MD, took office as President of the African Ophthalmology Council at the COECSA Congress. Dr. Legodi will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees as one of two international trustees in January 2018.


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October 26, 2017 MICEI Celebrates World Sight Day in Cameroon

The Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon––the only regional subspecialty training center in Francophone Africa––hosted World Sight Day festivities on 12 October 2017, with more than 150 guests in attendance.

The celebratory event––presided over by the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Health––included: 

  • Presentation of a World Sight Day awareness song, written and performed by MICEI staff member, Ms. Nassang Mimba. 
  • Donation of a children’s book to Yaoundé orphans that addresses preventive eye care, given by the book’s author, Dr. Kenneth Youngstein, founder and chief executive officer of Biocom, an Orbis partner. 
  • Donation of five laptop computers with the “Active Communication Training Simulator” to improve MICEI staff communication with patient families, Institute partners, and government officials, donated by simulator developer, Dr. Kenneth Youngstein. 
  • An Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Training of Trainers course for the wet lab and training of orthoptists. Trainees included three MICEI staff members, professors from two of Cameroon’s Universities, and eye care providers from public hospitals.

Learn more about the MICEI at: http://www.icoph.org/refocusing_education/regional_training_centers.html.


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October 5, 2017 More Global Ophthalmology at the AAO Annual Meeting

In addition to the WORLD roundtable, the AAO meeting offers valuable symposia for those interested in global ophthalmology: 

  • Where We Are Today in Cornea Blindness: Update on Global Eye Banking, Trachoma, and Corneal Transplant Techniques for Low-Resource Communities (SYM06): Saturday, 11 November, 14:00–15:30, Room 255-257 
  • Global Ophthalmology: A Volunteer's Perspective (LL09): Saturday, 11 November, 16:00–17:00, Learning Lounge 3
  • Breakfast with Experts: Start Volunteering Now! (B113): Sunday,12 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C  
  • Breakfast with Experts: Partnering with Institutions in Developing Countries (B142): Monday, 13 November, 07:30–08:30, Hall C
  • It’s All About Management: Efficient Use of an Eye Health
  • Workforce for High-Quality, Affordable Eye Care for All (SYM26): Monday, 13 November, 08:30–11:00, Room 252-254
  • International Opportunities for YOs: How to Get Started and Sustain Involvement Throughout Your Career (538): Monday, 13 November, 16:30–17:30, Room 239. 

More information about the AAO annual meeting


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October 26, 2017 New ICO-Allergan 1-Year Research Fellowship

The ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship allows the best young ophthalmologists (basic or clinical) from both high and low-resource countries to continue research in one of eight subspecialties at the university of his or her choice, preferably in another country. 

  • The fellowship covers one year of research in cornea, dry eye, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, tumors, and uveitis. 
  • One fellowship is awarded per year, with a US$50,000 stipend. 
  • The deadline to apply is 15 January 2018. The ICO-Allergan Research Fellow will be chosen and notified at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting 29 April–3 May 2018, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and will be officially announced at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 16–19 June 2018.

This new opportunity comes on the heels of the World Sight Day milestone announcement that the ICO and valued partners have provided more than 1,000 fellowships to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. Learn more about the ICO-Allergan Research Fellowship and other ICO Fellowships opportunities.


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October 25, 2017 New ICO-OSCAR for Trabeculectomy

We are excited to announce that a new ICO-OSCAR for Trabeculectomy was published in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Glaucoma.


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