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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 »


The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

On 13 September 2017, the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) marked 160 years working to improve eye health… More »


ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

The ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME is a new, practical resource covering concepts and questions regarding continuing… More »

Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
January 10, 2018 ROP Guidelines: Protecting the Vision of Our Youngest Patients

As part of a new initiative to reduce blindness in babies, the ICO is collecting existing guidelines. The taskforce, led by Prof. Clare Gilbert, will develop a consensus on how best to prevent and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP).

If you have ROP organizational or institutional guidelines, or reports on ROP public health programs and their outcomes, please send your material to:

The ICO Task Force on ROP will use existing guidelines to: 

  1. Outline expectations for prevention and treatment of ROP in low, medium, and high resource areas. 
  2. Incorporate the critical competencies into ICO curricula and stimulate improved training and continuing professional development to meet public needs.
  3. Develop a framework to evaluate public health approaches and stimulate, develop, strengthen, and monitor relevant health systems.

Thank you for supporting the ICO’s efforts to protect children from sight-threatening ROP. For more on ROP, read the 11 November 2017 special issue of Community Eye Health Journal.

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January 25, 2018 Updated Accreditation Guidelines for Ophthalmology Training Programs

As part of our effort to improve ophthalmology training around the world, the ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee, led by ICO Director for Education Dr. Karl Golnik, has updated the ICO’s recommended guidelines and developed a self-assessment tool for ophthalmology training programs.

The guidelines and self assessment can be used as written or adapted for local needs by training program directors and departments as benchmarks to strive for, or by accreditation bodies to guide their accreditation process.

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January 25, 2018 ACGME Resources for Physician Well-Being and Suicide Prevention

The U.S. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has collected these resources which promote a culture of well-being and provide support for burnout, depression, or suicide.

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