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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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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

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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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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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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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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September 13, 2017 The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

On 13 September 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) will mark 160 years working to improve eye health worldwide.

Our organization’s roots were first planted in 1857 when ophthalmologists from 24 countries convened in Brussels for the first International Congress of Ophthalmology. Later re-named the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC), it is the longest continuous international medical meeting.

In the years since, the ICO has grown to be the primary international consortium representing and serving 155 national, regional and subspecialty associations of ophthalmologists. The ICO works with professional ophthalmologic societies, non-governmental development organizations (NGOs) and related organizations worldwide to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision. Together, we are building a “World Alliance for Sight.”


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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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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.

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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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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 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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October 5, 2017 World Sight Day: Thursday, 12 October 2017

“Make Vision Count” on World Sight Day (WSD) Thursday, 12 October 2017. Raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as major international public health issues. Get information, ideas, promotional material, and an implementation pack to give voice to our collective commitment to universal eye health at: www.iapb.org/wsd17.

Use new resources––like the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Vision Atlas and the recent The Lancet article with the latest projections on global blindness and low vision––as powerful tools for advocacy, planning, and fundraising.


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October 5, 2017 Residency Program Directors Course in Cameroon

The Magrabi–ICO Cameroon Eye Institute (MICEI) in Yaoundé, Cameroon––the only regional subspecialty training center in Francophone Africa––hosted an ICO Residency Program Directors (RPD) course 1–2 September 2017.

More than 30 attendees from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Guinea, and Togo participated in the course, which is designed to help residency director’s enhance educational effectiveness (eg, methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement) through interactive means.

Professor Côme Ebanna Mvogo, head of the University of Yaoundé and President of the Cameroonian Society of Ophthalmology, presented a lecture and expressed enthusiastic desire for future collaborations with the ICO and MICEI, sentiments shared by the department leaders in attendance from other countries. Dr. Henry Nkumbe, MICEI Medical Director, was extremely pleased with the success of the meeting, the supportive comments from all attendees, and potential for future collaborations.


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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 5, 2017 TROS: A Society Inclusive of Many Countries

The Turkish Republics Ophthalmology Society (TROS) was founded in 2001, and includes as its members ophthalmologists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and other countries that share a common language, culture, as well as some historical background.

Through its meetings and other educational activities, the primary aim of the TROS is to facilitate its members’ pursuit of modern and advanced ophthalmology in an international arena. In addition, the TROS works to ensure positive cooperation, information exchange, and opportunities with other global ophthalmology societies.

We welcome our new ICO Member society, the TROS. Find out more at: www.tcod-tros.org.


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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 Presentation Skills Course at AAO

The ICO co-sponsored course, “Presentation Skills: How to Improve the Effectiveness of Lectures” will be held during the AAO meeting on Sunday, 12 November, 14:00–15:00 in Morial Convention Center Room 340-341.

This course intends to increase participants' skills to make lectures more engaging, active, and effective. Participants will consider how to apply adult learning principles to create meaningful presentations, organize content logically, design slides clearly, and present in an interesting, interactive way.

An AAO Course Pass is required to attend this course.


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October 25, 2017 New ICO-OSCAR Translations in Thai and Spanish

The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubrics (ICO-OSCARs) are behavioral and skill-based rubrics designed to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s surgical competence. Educators use the rubrics to measure the resident’s capability in performing a specific procedure objectively. They also give learners tools to better gauge their own effectiveness.

The ICO-OSCAR for vitrectomy has been translated into Spanish by Dr. Susana Cura.

The ICO-OSCARs for phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract extraction, and pediatric cataract have been translated into Thai by Dr. Thachpacha Kaseewat.


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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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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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