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ICO Exams Instructions for Candidates and Syllabus: Advanced

Instructions for Candidates and Syllabus for Advanced Exam. Download the syllabus.  More »

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History of Ophthlamology

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Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath

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ICO Examinations

5 Stars (1) May 1, 2018 ICO Exams Application Form for Advanced Examination

ICO Exams Application Form for the FICO Advanced Examination 2018.

Dowload the ICO Advanced Exam application form.


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ICO Examinations

not yet rated May 1, 2018 ICO Exams Application Form for Subspecialty Examination

ICO Exams Application Form for the Subspecialty Examination 2018.

Download the ICO Subspecialty Exam application form.


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Education Initiatives

not yet rated April 12, 2018 ICO Position on Training Teams

The International Council of Ophthalmology advocates for and encourages comprehensive team training as an essential strategy to achieve Universal Eye Health.

There is evidence that patients receive higher quality care and are safer when services are provided by effective teams. Training as a team promotes better communication, coordination, and cooperation.

Transitioning from traditional clinical, institutionally-based training for ophthalmologists to a wider team-based training approach will both optimize performance and contribute to accessible, affordable, comprehensive eye care for the betterment of our patients and communities.

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  • Board of Directors, International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB)
  • Board of Directors, International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO)
  • Board of Directors, Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)

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Education

Subspecialty Education

4 Stars (8) March 16, 2018 ICO Member Surgical Assessment Tool: ICO-OSCAR in English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese, and French

The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (ICO-OSCAR) is a standardized, internationally-valid tool to teach and assess an ophthalmologist’s competence in performing surgery. This behavioral and skill-based rubric for evaluators, allows the evaluator to use the ICO-OSCAR to objectively assess the resident’s competence in performing a specific procedure. It also gives the resident a tool to better gauge their own performance.  

The ICO currently offers ICO-OSCAR's for Extracapsular Cataract Extraction, Phacoemulsification, Pediatric Cataract Surgery, Small Incision Cataract Surgery (SICS), Strabismus, Lateral Tarsal Strip Surgery, Trabeculectomy, and Vitrectomy in English. Selected ICO-OSCAR's are available in Mandarin Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


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Accreditation

Education

Ophthalmic Educators

Ophthalmology Residency Education

5 Stars (1) December 30, 2017 ICO International Guidelines for Accreditation of Ophthalmology Training Programs

The ICO Accreditation and Certification Committee has developed recommended guidelines for ophthalmology  training programs. These guidelines 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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Diabetic Eye Care

not yet rated December 4, 2017 Global Statement on Diabetes and Eye Heath

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.

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5 Stars (1) October 13, 2017 ICO 360° Assessment Tool

The ICO 360° Assessment 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, professionalism, and system-based practice. 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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Cornea

not yet rated September 27, 2017 ICO Position Statement on Corneal Tissue for Ocular Transplant

The ICO, Cornea Society, and Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations, encourage Custodians (ophthalmologists, eye banks, Ministries of Health, clinical service providers, and non-governmental advocacy groups) to promote national sustainable self-sufficient practice and policy, in relation to quality and safety, procedure, procurement, processing, and equitable distribution of human Corneal Tissue (CT), through implementing ethical, affordable, and standardized legislation, policy, best practices and service.

 


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Ophthalmic Educators

not yet rated July 27, 2017 ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG)

ICO Ophthalmic Educators Group (ICO-OEG) is a Special Interest Group of the International Council of Ophthalmology. The ICO-OEG was formed to support educators and teachers of ophthalmology and to encourage recognition of ophthalmic education as a distinct subspecialty of ophthalmology. Our goal is to provide a platform for collaboration, networking, and professional development for everyone interested in ophthalmic education.

 


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1 Star (1) May 3, 2017 ICO Exams Instructions for Candidates and Syllabus: Advanced

Instructions for Candidates and Syllabus for Advanced Exam.

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5 Stars (4) January 1, 2017 ICO Strategic Plan 2017–2020

The ICO has defined a strategic plan covering 20172020.

You can download a summary of the ICO Strategic Plan (PDF - 5.39 MB) or review it in the flip book below.

Or, you can download the full ICO Strategic Plan, with the Strategy Map and Scorecard (PDF - 1.32 MB).


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World Ophthalmology Congress

not yet rated December 14, 2016 WOC OnDemand: 2016 World Opthalmology Congress® (WOC2016)

​More than 250 webcasts from the 2016 World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC2016) held in Guadalajara, Mexico February 5-9, 2016 are online and available for free. Browse content and watch slides with the original audio.

Search by subject and hear experts discuss surgical pearls, new instrumentation, as well as novel techniques and approaches for a wide array of procedures.


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Education

ICO Examinations

4 Stars (13) August 31, 2016 ICO Exams Application Form for Standard Examinations
ICO Exams Application Form for Basic Science, Optics & Refraction, and Clinical Sciences Application Form 2019
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Eye Care Standards, Ethics & Research

not yet rated August 5, 2016 ICO’s Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors

The International Council of Ophthalmology calls on societies and ophthalmologists around the world to support and advocate for the elimination of human suffering from errors related to eye surgery.

Read the ICO's Global Call for Action to Eliminate Eye Surgical Errors.


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Eye Trauma and Emergencies

3 Stars (3) May 12, 2016 ICO Endorses Global Ban on Consumer Fireworks
The ICO endorses a global ban on consumer fireworks and encourages ICO member societies to advocate for legislation to ban consumer fireworks in their countries. The Position Paper was also endorsed by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council (IPOSC).
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Eye Care

ICO Programs and Initiatives

Glaucoma

not yet rated March 22, 2016 ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care
The Task Force on Glaucoma has issued ICO Guidelines for Glaucoma Eye Care, international guidelines for the evaluation and management of glaucoma, based on existing guidelines and other resources. The ICO Guidelines summarize core requirements for the appropriate care of open and closed angle glaucoma and consider low and intermediate to high-resource settings. The Guidelines are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
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ICO Programs and Initiatives

Uncorrected Refractive Error

not yet rated February 1, 2016 Learning Document of the ICO Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors
The ICO Task Force on Uncorrected Refractive Errors and School Eye Health was formed in 2007 to strengthen the involvement of the ophthalmic profession, in cooperation with others, to provide better access to high quality, low-cost eye care, especially to regions with limited services.
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Medical Student Education

4 Stars (26) April 3, 2015 ICO Emergency Ophthalmology Handbook for Junior Residents and Medical Students
This booklet contains common ophthalmic emergency conditions and key ophthalmic disorders that the ICO recommends to be seen by residents and medical students.
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Eye Care

not yet rated March 9, 2015 Cambridge Declaration 2015

To ensure high quality capacity development and skills of eye care teams, the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO), International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) have signed a declaration to meet ambitous eye care goals.

Download the declaration here: http://www.icoph.org/downloads/2015CambridgeDeclaration-ICO-IJCHAPO-IAPB.pdf


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Ophthalmic Educators

not yet rated March 4, 2015 ICO Brochures: ICO Overview, ICO Exams, and ICO Fellowships
Learn more about the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) by downloading our brochures about the ICO, the ICO Exams, and the ICO Fellowships.  You may also want to view our annual Program Updates.  Program Updates are available for download from the years 2010-2015.
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