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February 20, 2018 Now Online: WOC2018 Invited Scientific Program

View the Invited Scientific Program for the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 350 scientific sessions to choose from, WOC2018 offers a vast array of opportunities to learn the latest advances in ophthalmology.

Over 2,500 ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and medical professionals will present educational sessions across 25 subspecialties and related topics at WOC2018.

Find sessions, topics, speakers, dates, times, and locations at: www.wocabstracts.org. For more information, view the Invited Program pdf.


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February 25, 2018 Session Highlights: WOEC Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

As part of the WOEC, the course “Beyond the Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Deep Learning of Medical Knowledge” will cover evidence supporting the use of mind maps to stimulate deep learning. Participants will have a hands on experience on how to create concept maps and how to teach this skill.

The case study “Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation” discussion will equip educators and program directors with the appropriate tools to feel confident applying effective remediation plans to deal with a variety of difficult situations.

Funding for the 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium sessions is provided in part by Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. Funding for the keynote luncheon of World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium is provided in part by the Alcon Foundation. We thank all of the supporters of the International Council of Ophthalmology's Teaching the Teachers Initiative.


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April 5, 2018 Session Highlights: World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress, 16–19 June in Barcelona.

This month we would like to highlight two symposia: “Simulation for Teaching and Learning” on Sunday, 17 June, which will teach participants about surgical simulation and how to implement these low cost tools. “Less is More: Focused Workplace Placement Based Assessments (WPBA) in Busy Disciplines” on Tuesday, 19 June, will give examples of WPBA tools, and will teach participants the rationale and steps for implementation of WPBAs for their own programs.

We thank all the supporters of the ICO's Teaching the Teachers Initiative, including our 2018 WOEC sessions supporter Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, and the WOEC keynote luncheon supporter, the Alcon Foundation.

Learn more about the educator sessions and schedule during the WOEC

Register for the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


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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!

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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 Abstract and Registration Deadlines Fast Approaching

Would you like to present an abstract at the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2018) in Barcelona, Spain? Are you interested in taking advantage of reduced registration rates? Now is your opportunity to do both before time runs out! 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 December 2017

The Submitted Program consists of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses, and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas. Abstract submissions are accepted in both English and Spanish.

Submit an Abstract Today. The Abstract Submission Tutorial provides an easy to follow guide, should you need assistance. 

  • Early-Bird Registration Deadline: 13 December 2017

Save up to €90 per person by taking advantage of early-bird rates and registering today for WOC2018. Register Now.


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November 27, 2017 WOC2018 By the Numbers

As we look towards the upcoming year, here are some exciting numbers to consider about the 16–19 June 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® in Barcelona, Spain, which is now just months away: 

The Invited Program consists of 225 sessions addressing all subspecialties and related interests in ophthalmology: 

  • 119 sessions covering 25 subject areas organized by invited subspecialty program coordinators 
  • 68 sessions organized by 45 subspecialty, 39 national, 5 regional, and 4 supranational societies 
  • 28 sessions for Subspecialty Day (Saturday, 16 June) covering 7 subspecialties: cataract, cornea, glaucoma, orbital and oculoplastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, refractive surgery, and retina 
  • 10 ICO Special Symposia covering a wide array of topics.

View the Invited Program to see schedule-at-a-glance, session speakers, speaker list by country, participating societies, chairpersons, scientific program committee members, and invited program coordinators.


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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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October 26, 2017 WOC2018: Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, 1 December 2017

The Scientific Program Committee is accepting online submission of abstracts at www.wocabstracts.org for presentation at the 2018 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) of the International Council of Ophthalmology, 16–19 June 2018, in Barcelona, Spain.

The WOC Submitted Program will consist of Free Papers, E-Posters, E-Videos, Instruction Courses, and Poster Pods in 20 subspecialty areas. There will be 48 Free Paper sessions, 60 submitted instruction Courses, and an E-Poster and E-Video viewing area scheduled all 4 days of the Congress.

Abstracts may be submitted in English or Spanish, and the deadline for submission is 1 December 2017. Primary authors will be notified if their abstracts have been accepted by late February 2018. Submit your WOC2018 abstract now.

Invited speakers are also reminded to register for WOC2018 by 1 November 2017. Visit http://www.icoph.org/woc2018/registration for more details and to take advantage of early-bird rates.


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November 21, 2017 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium at WOC2018

Join us at the World Ophthalmology Congress 2018 (WOC2018) in Barcelona for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and courses that spotlight a variety of educational techniques. The WOEC sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education.

Eight WOEC symposia and courses will be held during WOC2018 16–19 June 2018.

  • Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD
  • Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence
  • Less is More: Focused Workplace Based Assessments in Busy Disciplines
  • Beyond The Lecture: Using Concept Maps to Promote Learning of Medical Knowledge
  • Complex Cases of Problem Residents: Discussing Prevention and Remediation
  • Simulation for Teaching and Learning
  • Ophthalmic Education Based on Evidence: Today's Facts and Future Perspectives of Application (Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis)
  • Harmonizing Ophthalmology Training in Europe (European Board of Ophthalmology)

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January 25, 2018 World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium Sessions at WOC2018

Join us for the World Ophthalmic Education Colloquium (WOEC) series of symposia and workshops spotlighting a variety of educational techniques during the World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC) in Barcelona, Spain, 16–19 June 2018. These sessions are designed for a diverse audience, from trained educators to practicing ophthalmologists interested in education and are open to all attendees of the Congress.

As part of the WOEC, the symposium “Teaching and Assessing Surgical Competence” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 8:30 to 10:00 in Hall 8, Rm 26. This invited symposium provides tips for effective teaching, time management, and delivering objective feedback. Included is how to develop a step-by-step learning process with clear objectives and goals for each of the stages of surgical learning.

The symposium “Innovative Formats for Teaching in Graduate Medical Education and CPD” will be held Saturday, 16 June from 14:00 to 15:30 at Hall 8, Rm 25. This symposium will cover innovations for teaching and continuing professional development (CPD) including work-based learning, the use of surgical simulation, internet-based learning, use of portfolios, how to add metacognition to CPD, and innovative assessment methods.


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