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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

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

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ICO Guide to Effective CPD/CME

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November 21, 2017 AMEE2018 Call for Abstract Submissions

The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2018 annual meeting will be in Basel, Switzerland, from 25–29 August 2018.

Calls for abstract submissions for AMEE 2018 have been announced. Please note the short timeline for Research Papers and Doctoral Reports.


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October 25, 2017 App: 9 Gaze
The iOS app, 9 Gaze, documents eye motility and strabismus in the nine cardinal positions of gaze. The app provides an on-screen guide for eye positioning to assist with image consistency and automatically creates a composite image of the photographs for easy exporting.
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November 21, 2017 App: Eye Emergency Manual
An emergency manual is available as an app for both Android and Apple. The content within this app was developed by ophthalmic and emergency clinicians of the New South Wales Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). It provides a quick and simple guide to recognizing important signs and symptoms, and management of common eye emergencies.
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November 21, 2017 Book: Mastering Techniques of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation

The second edition of Phacoemulsification and Intraocular Lens Implantation: Mastering Techniques and Complications in Cataract Surgery is available.

This edition is greatly expanded in size and scope to accommodate the latest state-of-the-art methodologies and refinements in surgical strategies.


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October 25, 2017 Chiefs’ Rounds from Wills Eye Hospital

View recorded “Chiefs’ Rounds” from Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, USA online, where residents present two mystery cases to the Service Chiefs and Attending Physicians.

The case-based learning experience is designed as an ongoing update for practicing ophthalmologists engaged in comprehensive and subspecialty practice, as well as for ophthalmologists in training.


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November 21, 2017 Current Opinions and Modern Approaches in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dry Eye Disease
This recently released monograph is a continuing medical education activity from New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai and MedEdicus LLC and provides a comprehensive and updated overview on the best strategies for diagnosing and managing dry eye.
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December 11, 2017 Educator Sessions at APAO 2018 Congress

If you are attending the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress in February, the ICO will be co-sponsoring several sessions for educators and those interested in ophthalmic education.

Six APAO-ICO Sessions for Educators will be held during APAO 8–11 February 2018. 

  • ICO Continuing Professional Development Course: Creating Learning Experiences with Impact 
  • Teaching Does Not Equal Learning: How Do We Know if They Have Learned? 
  • E-learning Principles and Resources 
  • Teaching Professionalism in the Busy Clinical Practice: A Global Perspective 
  • Are your Graduates and Training Programs Good? Models of Accreditation and Certification 
  • ICO Fellowships and Exams Symposium

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December 11, 2017 Galería de Videos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología 2011–2017

Browse the video gallery of the Mexican Society of Ophthalmology’s academic sessions, subspecialty videos, and the society’s video festivals.

Recorra la galería de videos de las sesiones académicas, vídeos de subespecialidades y festivales de vídeos de la Sociedad Mexicana de Oftalmología.


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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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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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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 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 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 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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November 27, 2017 New ICO-OSCARs for Vitrectomy and Trabeculectomy

The ICO’s Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) for teaching and assessing resident surgical skill provides instruction as to what is expected at each step of a surgical procedure and a method to provide specific formative feedback to the student.

Eight ICO-OSCARs are available in a multitude of translations, and the newest additions are the ICO-OSCAR for Vitrectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of Retina, and the ICO-OSCAR for Trabeculectomy, published in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Glaucoma.

The ICO-OSCARs are recommended in the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa (COESA) Residency Curriculum and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Milestones Document. See all ICO-OSCARs and related translations.


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December 11, 2017 Ocular Ultrasound: A Quick Reference Guide for the On-Call Physician
This guide is a simple, introductory, "on-call survival guide" for ophthalmology residents using ocular ultrasound. It is a concise and practical quick stop for information.
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December 11, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program & Faculty Evaluation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program and Faculty Evaluation,” by Andreas K. Lauer.


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November 21, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Program Accreditation

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library Blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Program Accreditation,” by Dr. Karl C. Golnik.


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October 25, 2017 Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library: Progress Beyond Continuing Medical Education

The Ophthalmology Teacher’s Library blog recommends the Annals of Eye Science article, “Continuing Professional Development: Progress Beyond Continuing Medical Education,” by Drs. Helena Prior Filipe, Heather Mack, and Karl Golnik.


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November 21, 2017 Recently Added from the AAO
These recent resources from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) are available through their ONE Network and excellent for practicing ophthalmologists, residents, and subspecialty fellows.
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