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Educational Programs

Refocusing Ophthalmic Education

The ICO is working to engage the leaders of ophthalmologic societies and other ophthalmic educators in a process of rethinking and redefining how ophthalmology is taught. The goal is to develop more effective teaching programs and materials and, ultimately, to improve eye care around the world.

In 2012, a new Strategic Plan for ICO Education was defined. The following committees were formed to implement the six goals defined in the Plan for Education:

    1. Training Teams to Meet Public Needs (Chair, Mohammed Babar Qureshi, MD)
    2. Curricula and Expectations for Training Programs (Chair, Peter Quiros, MD)
    3. Continuing Professional Development (Chair,
Helena Prior Filipe, MD)
    4. Accreditation and Certification (Chair, Karl Golnik, MD)
    5. Teaching the Teachers (Chair,
Gabriela Palis, MD)
    6. Technologies for Teaching and Learning (Chair, Eduardo Mayorga, MD)

Download the Strategic Plan for ICO Education at:

This plan expands upon the 2009 ICO initiative on “Refocusing Ophthalmologic
Education.  More about the ICO’s Refocusing Ophthalmic Education initiative   (PDF  – 354 KB)

Residency Education

The need for ophthalmologists with a high level of education and training is of critical importance to preserving and restoring vision. This is particularly important in developing… More »

Subspecialty Education

Ophthalmology has become so broad and has expanded so rapidly that it is nearly impossible to be on the cutting edge of every ophthalmic discipline. Subspecialty education is… More »

Medical Student Education

The increasing age of the world population, high prevalence of common problems such as eye injury and red eye, and importance of vision in the information age support the need to… More »

Allied Ophthalmic Personnel

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Continuing Professional Development

There is a critical need to help ophthalmologists maintain their competency and learn new skills, with the ultimate goal of preventing avoidable blindness and visual loss. More »


The development and availability of technology can revolutionize ophthalmic education, helping teachers and students connect efficiently and economically. More »

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