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Fifteen Years of ICO Fellowships - Program Report

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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

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June 28, 2017 Register Now for WOC2018 in Barcelona

Join us June 16–19, 2018, in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via Conference Center for the 36th World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, with over 15,000 delegates expected to attend from over 130 countries.

Interested in presenting an abstract? The abstract submission website opens on August 21, 2017, and the abstract submission deadline is December 1, 2017. Download the abstract guidelines, “WOC2018 Call for Abstracts.” 

Register now to attend the longest continuous international medical meeting, with:

  • A scientific program of over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology
  • The opportunity to network with recognized international leaders and professionals
  • An exhibition featuring the latest products and services in the field.

Revenues from the WOC help support ICO programs, including ophthalmic education, society and leadership development, and advocacy.


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June 28, 2017 Re a Le Amogela! We Welcome You to WOC2020!

We invite you to the June 26–29, 2020, World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2020) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Cape Town, South Africa. WOC2020––hosted by the Ophthalmologic Society of South Africa––marks the first time the WOC will be held in Sub-Saharan Africa.

WOC2020 is expected to host more than 12,000 delegates from countries across the globe, with innovative events aligned with VISION 2020’s mission to eliminate avoidable blindness. What better time to bring attention to Sub-Saharan Africa and the challenges it faces than 2020? What better place than Cape Town to share the latest research, introduce new technologies, and open up a world of educational resources?

We know WOC2020 will enrich your mind, but we expect it will also capture your heart. Mark your calendars now to attend this historic Congress. Learn more and signup to receive updates at: woc2020.icoph.org.


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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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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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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 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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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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August 1, 2017 Residency Program Directors Course Marks 40th Milestone

Since 2004, 40 ICO Residency Program Directors Courses (RPD) have been offered in 26 countries to 1,752 participants. The RPD’s 40th course was July 14–15, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia.

Residency education is a critical component of preparing the next generation of ophthalmologists, and the ICO RPD courses serve to improve each participant’s educational effectiveness through interactive means. The RPD courses focus on methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement of the trainers.

Dr. Enrique Graue, with the support of Past ICO President Dr. Bruce Spivey and Past ICO Director for Education Prof. Mark Tso, was instrumental in coordinating the first RPD course in Mexico City in 2004. Drs. Karl Golnik, Gabriela Palis, and Eduardo Mayorga now oversee the courses, with key contributions from other faculty and local ophthalmologic society hosts.


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August 1, 2017 Plan Your Calendar: Upcoming WOCs

To avoid overlap, please keep the upcoming World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) dates in mind as you plan your future meetings: 

  • WOC2018: Barcelona, Spain, June 16–19, 2018

Host: Spanish Society of Ophthalmology
Co-Hosts: European Society of Ophthalmology and Spanish Society of Implant-Refractive Ocular Surgery Partners: Catalan Society of Ophthalmology and Barraquer Institute
Learn more.

  • WOC2020: Cape Town, South Africa, June 26–29, 2020

Host: Ophthalmological Society of South Africa
Co-Hosts: Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology and African Ophthalmology Council
Learn more.

  • WOC2022: Melbourne, Australia, February 25–28, 2022

Host: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Co-Host: Asia Pacific Academy of 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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August 1, 2017 World Sight Day is October 12

“Make Vision Count” is the theme for the 2017 World Sight Day (WSD) on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Organized annually by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), WSD is considered the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar.

This year our community is being called on to ensure that we pay attention to eye care issues that impact lives everywhere––for both developed and developing economies.

How do we 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.


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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 1, 2017 Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies: A Growing Voice in the Region

Founded in 1990, the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI) brings together ophthalmic clinicians, regional representatives, and nurses, as well as government, corporate, and affiliate partners in its quest to eradicate and prevent blindness in the Caribbean.

A principal voice for ophthalmology in the West Indies, OSWI is working toward bringing regional training programs to international standards. To assist this goal, OSWI hosted the ICO’s Teaching the Teachers program at their 2016 Congress in Barbados and offered workshops for residents and a joint symposium with the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at their July 2017 Congress in Georgetown, Guyana. Furthering their footprint, OSWI is also presenting a session at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to their work with ophthalmologists, the OSWI introduced the Ophthalmic Nurses’ Program in 2016 to train allied ophthalmic personnel in the region. Learn more about the OSWI.


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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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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.

Register for WORLD, a free and interactive event.


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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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