(For previous mailings of Leader Letters, see: icoph.org/news/leader_letter.html.)
October 2012, Volume 10, Number 9
To support educators in “What to Teach,” the ICO has completed a major revision of the ICO Residency Curriculum, which offers an international consensus on the cognitive and technical skills ophthalmologists should be taught, including “must know” items at each level of training.
With the volunteer help of over 100 international subspecialists and other experts’ thoughtful input and review, sixteen international committees contributed to the update, which includes two new sections: Refractive Surgery and Community Eye Health. Also new is the addition of a “very advanced” level, which is geared towards education of the subspecialist.
Delivered online in a standardized content outline, the ICO Residency Curriculum is intended to be translated and adapted, with the precise local detail for implementation left to each region’s educators.
We hope the curriculum will be of enduring value for widely different regions regardless of nationality or culture. To access the ICO Residency Curriculum for easy download or editing, go to: www.icoph.org/refocusing_education/curricula.html.
– Andrew G. Lee, MD, Chair, Committee on Curricula and Expectations for Training
In addition to supporting educators in “What to Teach,” the ICO addresses “How To Teach.” Under the organization and leadership of Karl Golnik, ICO Director for Education, the ICO has been offering Residency Program Directors Courses since 2004, which provide methods of instruction, skill assessment, behavior adjustment, and competence measurement.
Sponsored by the ICOFoundation, supported by The Allergan Foundation, coordinated with national ophthalmologic societies, and conducted by the ICO since 2004, the Courses are held each year throughout the world, most recently in Slovenia, China, and Finland.
Residency Program Director Courses are currently by invitation only, but many of the instructional materials used in the Course–along with countless other valuable resources such as the ICO Residency Curriculum and ICO OSCARs–are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators: educators.icoph.org.
– Eduardo Mayorga, MD, ICO Director for E-Learning
The Center for Ophthalmic Educators (educators.icoph.org) offers a broad array of educational resources for teachers of residents, medical students, subspecialty fellows, practicing ophthalmologists, and allied eye care personnel. Ophthalmology teachers are guided in the construction of web-based courses, development and use of assessment tools, and applying evidence-based strategies to enhance adult learning, with information clearly organized by:
The Center enables peers to collaborate and share ideas through its interactive feature, “Connections,” while the Ophthalmic Educators Letter offers beneficial information for teachers, including a monthly overview of new resources available in the Center. Sign up to receive educational updates at: educators.icoph.org/newsletter.php.
– Gabriela Palis, MD, Editor in Chief, Center for Ophthalmic Educators
Having the ability to assess an ophthalmologist’s competence in performing surgery is a critical component of teaching. The ICO-Ophthalmology Surgical Competency Assessment Rubric (OSCAR) is a standardized, internationally valid tool for the educator (and the resident) to objectively evaluate competence in performing a specific procedure.
ICO-OSCARs (www.icoph.org/ICO-OSCAR) are available for: extracapsular cataract extraction, lateral tarsal strip, phacoemulsification, strabismus, and small-incision cataract surgery. The ICO-OSCARs and the Ophthalmic Clinical Evaluation Exercise (OCEX), a tool to evaluate resident competence in patient care, are available in the ICO’s Center for Ophthalmic Educators.
– Karl Golnik, MD, ICO Director for Education
Two recently published papers describe the rich variety of programs the ICO–in collaboration with ophthalmologic partners– offers to improve ophthalmic education.
The ICO has been able to accomplish as much as we have–and will continue to do–because of the concerted effort of so many and the great leadership of people like Andy Lee, Karl Golnik, Eduardo Mayorga, and Gaby Palis. Critical too, is the contribution of the ICO’s strong support staff, specifically Kathleen Miller, ICO Executive Director, and Christine Graham, ICO Education Coordinator.
– Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, ICO President
Representatives of the ICO, other NGOs, and approximately 35 countries met on October 8 in Geneva in a World Health Organization (WHO) consultation on its Zero Draft, “Universal Access to Eye Health: A Global Action Plan 2014-2019.” Member States, international partners, and United Nation Agencies actively shared their comments at the meeting, which was chaired by representatives of Mexico.
The measure received a strong show of support, and we are hopeful the Action Plan will be adopted by the WHO Executive Board in January and World Health Assembly next May, bringing greater focus to prevention of visual loss, particularly at the national level.
– Serge Resnikoff, MD, PhD, ICO Director for Advocacy
World Ophthalmology Congress® (WOC)
Please mark your calendars for these future World Ophthalmology Congresses of the ICO:
Other ICO Meetings
The ICO gratefully recognizes grants, gifts, and pledges to the ICOFoundation. This support allows us to continue our important and effective programs, creating a global alliance to prevent avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
Support the programs of the ICO by contributing to the ICOFoundation: icofoundation.org/contribute/make-a-donation.html
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