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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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February 12, 2018 Joesph Colin Keratoconus Award

In honor of the innovative French ophthalmologist who passed away a few years ago, the International Journal of Keratoconus and Ectatic Corneal Diseases will award two prizes for the best published articles in 2018, one for the January-June issue and one for the July-December issue. Each award is 1000 euros. 

The deadline for article submission is the end of May for the January-June issue and the end of November for the July-December issue. 

Find more information the journal's website (http://www.ijkecd.comm)


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Cornea

January 22, 2018 Appreciation to ICO Volunteers and Contributors

Thank you ICO volunteers and contributors for your dedication to our mission to enhance ophthalmic education, increase access to high-quality eye care, and to preserve and restore vision around the world. We also greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees, Advisory Committee, task forces, and committees. Your commitment to ICO programs and initiatives is making a true difference in the lives of so many.

Join the ICO Community and become a part of our World Alliance for Sight. Connect with the ICO and ophthalmologists from around the world by creating a profile at: www.icoph.org/create_account.html.


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January 22, 2018 ICO Reception at the APAO Congress

The ICO is hosting a reception for ICO Member societies, Fellowships, Examinations, and Ophthalmic Educators at the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in Hong Kong.

Join us at the Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, located a few minutes walk from the Convention and Exhibition Center.

Date: Friday, February 9
Time: 18:30–20:00 (last scientific session ends at 18:00)
Location: Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Room: Boardroom 8, Lower Lobby

Let us know if you can attend by using this link to RSVP. Be sure to stop by the ICO Booth 3B03 while in the APAO Exhibition Hall.


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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 Top 5 Reasons to Attend WOC2018 in Barcelona

There are a myriad of reasons to attend the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology in Barcelona, Spain. Here are five to consider:

  1. The Comprehensive Scientific Program has over 350 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, and offers a global perspective on the latest scientific advances, innovations, and best practices.
  2. Gain hands-on surgical-skill training (wetlabs) utilizing the latest equipment and technology available, Discuss hot topics with experts at the WOC Breakfast Club. New and Exciting Additions like these increase your opportunity to connect, learn, and share.
  3. WOC2018 is designated for a maximum of 24 CME Credits, with ability to gain even more by purchasing WOC2018 OnDemand. The WOC is accredited by the U.S. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
  4. The Impressive Exhibition Hall features innovative products and services from over 150 exhibiting groups. Enjoy entertainment, shopping displays from local artisans, and more in “WOC Plaza.”
  5. Barcelona in June is the Ideal Location at the perfect time of year. Featuring a rich history, artistic and architectural masterpieces, famed beaches and parks, and a vibrant gastronomic culture, it is no wonder Travel and Leisure Magazine describes Barcelona as “the city that has everything.”

With over 15,000 expected registrants from more than 130 countries, WOC2018 is a must-attend event. Find out more!

Register Now for WOC2018.


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January 22, 2018 International Residents Benefit from Collaboration

To support ophthalmic learning worldwide, the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center and the ICO have formed a new partnership.

Moran’s global teaching portal––Clinical Ophthalmology Resource for Education (CORE) International––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 accumulating other lectures, videos, and resources to further support the education of residents.

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.


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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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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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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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January 10, 2018 Call for Urgent Action to Address Diabetic Eye Disease

Every person with diabetes is at risk of going blind, and if left untreated, diabetes can have a devastating and wide ranging social and economic impact on patients, families, and communities.

At the December 2017 International Diabetes Federation Congress in Abu Dhabi, the ICO, the International Diabetes Federation, the World Council of Optometry, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness released a Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath calling for urgent action from governments, medical associations, service providers, and patient organizations to: 

  1. Integrate eye health within routine diabetes care by primary health care providers 
  2. Improve collaboration across the diabetes and eye health sectors 
  3. Foster and support patient-centered care approaches for diabetic eye health.

You can support integrative care for diabetes and bring eye health to the frontline of diabetes care by circulating this statement to practitioners, policy leaders, and lawmakers in your region. Ensure that increasingly integrated and people-centered systems are put in place, so that all people with diabetes have access to vital sight-saving services.


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Diabetic Eye Care

January 10, 2018 WOC2018 Offers 24 Hours of AMA CME!

With over 350 sessions, the scientific program of the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress (WOC2018) offers 24 hours of American Medical Association (AMA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities.* Take full advantage; register and book your hotel now for WOC2018, 16–19 June in Barcelona, Spain.

WOC2018 Invited Program

The invited program includes 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology, with 78 of these sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies:


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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: info@icoph.org.

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 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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January 10, 2018 ICO-SAFO Leadership Development Program in Dakar

The Société Africaine Francophone d'Ophtalmologie (SAFO) Leadership Development Program (LDP) for Francophone Africa presented an intensive one-day meeting on 3 December 2017, in Dakar, Senegal. Developed with the African Ophthalmology Council (AOC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), with support from the ICO, the LDP program focused on meeting the needs of future leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. It was held in conjunction with the 2017 SAFO Congress hosted by the Senegalese Ophthalmology Society and its President, Prof. Madoune Ndiaye.


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Africa

January 10, 2018 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics Fellowship

Congratulations to two former ICO Three-Month Fellows who were awarded and served a 2017 International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics One-Month Fellowship

  • Dr. Yacoub Yousef from King Hussein Eye Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan, served his ICO Fellowship in Ocular Oncology under the supervision of Dr. Paul Finger at the New York Eye Cancer Center in 2011. Dr. Yousef is now a host for the ICO/Eye Cancer Foundation Six-Month Fellowship in Retinoblastoma
  • Dr. Soma Rani Roy, from Bangladesh, spent his ICO Fellowship in Oculoplastics in 2014 at Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai, India. This was followed by an ICO Three-Month Retinoblastoma Fellowship at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, sponsored by the Children's Eye Cancer Foundation, Germany.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH/NHGRI) fellowship seeks to strengthen collaboration in genetic and genomic research and medicine and to expand this knowledge in developing nations.


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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 3, 2018 Applications Now Open for Specialist Certificate in Fundamentals of Eye Banking - University of Melbourne

A Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking from the University of Melbourne will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation.

The course will take place from 5 March 2018 to 3 June 2018. 

More information on cost, applicant requirements, important dates, and contact informantion.

 


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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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December 15, 2017 Meet Dr. María Mánquez Hatta

Thanks to the generosity of International Council of Ophthalmology donors, the ICO has been able to provide more than 1,000 fellowships to ophthalmologists from 84 low-resource countries. These fellowship opportunities are an important part of the ICO's efforts to enhance ophthalmic education, advance eye health, and increase access to high-quality eye care.

We are pleased to share the following short video featuring Dr. María Mánquez Hatta, a past ICO Fellow from Chile who speaks about how her fellowship has helped to further her work in ocular oncology.

ICO Fellowship Fund

As you consider where to make your year-end charitable gifts, we invite you to support the ICO Fellowship Fund.

The ICO's Three-Month Fellowships provide valuable opportunities for promising young ophthalmologists from low-resource countries to improve their practical skills and broaden their perspectives of ophthalmology. ICO Fellowship awardees bring this acquired knowledge back to their home countries as they work to preserve vision, prevent blindness, and expand access to eye care.

Thank you for partnering with the ICO to provide these opportunities. 


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December 11, 2017 ICO 360° Assessment Tool

The article, “The International Council of Ophthalmology 360-Degree Assessment Tool: Development and Validation,” has been published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.

The ICO 360° Assessment Tool is a multi-source feedback tool to assess and provide feedback to residents regarding their competence in “soft skills” such as interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism, as seen by different groups of people with whom the resident interacts (faculty, peer, allied ophthalmic personnel, and patients). This assessment was developed specifically for ophthalmology residents by the ICO Education team, and has been validated by a panel of international experts.


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