WGA Surgical Grand Rounds

World-renowned glaucoma specialists share how they approach surgical challenges. Mark your calendar for the WGA Surgical Grand Rounds Webinar on Thursday, December 8th, 2022. The webinar will be broadcast live at two timeslots, making sure that wherever you are, you can tune in at a time that suits you.

Mark your calendar for another great Surgical Grand Rounds, where the following two topics will be discussed:

The webinar will be broadcast live at two timeslots, making sure that wherever you are, you can tune in at a time that suits you.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Health for All Film Festival: Call for entries for short films on vision and eye care & ear and hearing care

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Dear Colleagues The call for submissions for the 4th Edition of the WHO Health for All Film Festival (HAFF) is now open until 31 January 2023! The HAFF aims to celebrate the art of short films as a means of raising awareness and promoting global health issues.  WHO invites all video artists and video creators from all over the world to submit their short documentaries, fiction or animation films of three to eight minutes for the categories of better health and well-being and Universal Health Coverage in the context of vision and eye care and/or ear and hearing care. This is a great opportunity for film and video innovators in both communities to champion and promote these important areas of health. We are looking forward to receiving your short films! Best regards, Vision and Eye Care & Ear and Hearing Care Programmes  

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Organ Culture of Corneas and its Role in Eye Banking Economics

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time: 4:00-5:30pm ET.

Presented by Dr. Graeme Pollock, Director of Lions Eye Donation Service, Centre for Eye Research Australia
Hosted by Gary Rockl, Tissue Innovation Specialist from Héma-Québec

The presentation will examine the technical aspects of organ culture of donor corneas and the benefits that may accrue through its adoption. It places this within the context of the forces affecting supply, demand and distribution of corneas in Australia.
• What are the technical requirements of organ culture?
• What are the benefits and disadvantages of the system?
• How does Australia approach national networking, self-sufficiency and sustainability in the provision of corneas for transplantation?

About the Featured Presenter:

Dr. Graeme A. Pollock, BSc (Hons) GCUT MPH PhD OAM
Dr Pollock is the Director of Lions Eye Donation Service at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, Melbourne. He has spent the past 30 years involved in eye banking at local, national, and international levels. Having been trained in pathology at the University of Melbourne, His association with donation and transplantation extends back to the 1980’s while working in organ preservation for transplantation. He completed his doctorate in this field at the University of Queensland and University of Cambridge. Graeme also holds a master’s degree in public health majoring in Health Administration from Monash University, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Melbourne.

His interests include medical standards and guidelines in the field of eye banking. He is a past Chair of the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand, past-President of the Australasian Transplant Coordinators Association, a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America and a founding member of the Global Alliance of Eye Bank Associations. In 2019 he was awarded an Order of Australia for service to corneal transplantation and education.

This meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

COS EDI Webinar – LGBTQ2S+ Issues in Ophthalmology: Working Towards Equity

COS EDI Webinar: November 23, 8PM ET

LGBTQ2S+ Issues in Ophthalmology: Working Towards Equity

Join us on Wednesday, November 23 as COS presents a webinar entitled LGBTQ2S+ Issues in Ophthalmology: Working Towards Equity, presented by Dr. Michael A. Puente.

In this 1.5-hour webinar, we will examine the status of health equity for LGBTQ2S+ patients and professional equity for LGBTQ2S+ ophthalmologists, with a view to creating safe spaces for and allyship with the LGBTQ2S+ community. A lecture by Dr. Michael Puente will be followed by a case-based panel discussion.

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Time: 8:00-9:30 pm ET

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

Establish a baseline working knowledge of key concepts related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
Examine the status of health equity for LGBTQ2S+ patients and professional equity for LGBTQ2S+ ophthalmologists
Create safe spaces for the LGBTQ2S+ community in both clinical and professional settings
Foster allyship with the LGBTQ2S+ community in ophthalmology

Dr. Michael A. Puente, Jr.

Michael Puente, MD, is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado and a pediatric ophthalmologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is a co-founder of the LGBTQ+ Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and volunteers as a mentor in AAO’s Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) and is a member of the AAPOS Taskforce on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

He has led an advocacy campaign to overturn the United States Food and Drug Administration’s ban on corneal donation by men who have sex with men, working with members of the United States Congress as well as leadership of the American Medical Association, Eye Bank Association of America, and AAO. He has presented on LGBTQ+ issues in ophthalmology at national and international conferences and has multiple publications in this field.


This webinar is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours.

This webinar has been supported by an educational grant from Bayer.

Cornea Surgical Video Learning Series – Surgical Management of Keratoconus: CXL & CAIRS

Wills Eye Hospital and the University of Toronto are excited to bring you the next installment of the Cornea Surgical Video Learning Series

Date:  Thursday Sept 22nd 2022

Time:  1930 -2100 EDT

Co-moderated by Professor Sadeer Hannush (Wills Eye Hospital) and Professor Allan Slomovic (University of Toronto).

Keynote Presentation:
Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB
Director and Chief, Dr Agarwal’s Refractive and Cornea Foundation

Guest panelists
David Rootman, MD FRCSC and Neera Singal, MD FRCSC (University of Toronto)
Christopher Rapuano, MD and Irv Raber, MD FRCSC (Wills Eye Hospital)

Surgery Case Presentations:
Shai Gendler, MD (University of Toronto) 
Patrick Burbano, MD (Wills Eye Hospital)

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The evening will as usual be recorded and placed online for viewing.

CME credits are available for the following:
· Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 1: 7.5 hours (1.5 Section 1 hours per session)
· American Medical Association Category 1: 7.5 credits (1.5 Category 1 credits per session)
· European Union for Medical Specialists UEMS-EACCME®: 7.5 credits (1.5 ECMEC credits per session)

CMA’s Physician Leadership Institute Team Training

The CMA develops and delivers a fulsome range of accredited continuing professional development programs, designed to help physicians and whole health care teams grow their skills and impact.

One of the most impactful ways to advance health care team’s knowledge is through CMA’s Physician Leadership Institute Team Training. Tailored to your needs and delivered on your timeline, our expert team of faculty will deliver accredited courses that can help take your team’s skills to the next level.

We offer over 30 engaging courses in English and 5 essential courses in French, all aligned to the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework:

Courses can be delivered to teams as small as 10 to as large as 40, enabling system and culture-wide change in your organization.

NEW OFFERING – We are also very pleased to let you know about our new self-paced learning program Leadership Essentials – free and accredited courses that can be completed in an hour or less, any time. Whether you are looking to build a leadership foundation or brush up on the fundamentals, these courses can benefit physicians in any specialty or practice. 

The modules include:

Please feel free to share with your teams or any of your contacts whom you feel may benefit from these offerings.

Learn more and connect with CMA’s Physician Learning advisors:

Tracy Huckabone (English Team Training) [email protected]  Melinda Root (French Team Training) [email protected]

Physician Wellness Webinar: Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities

Physician Wellness: Reflections on the Challenges and Opportunities

Date: September 12, 2022

Time: 4 p.m. PDT/5 p.m. MDT/6 p.m. CDT/7 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. ADT / 8:30 p.m. NDT

Physicians and healthcare providers face complex challenges that have been amplified by the pandemic and recent global events. These challenges include ongoing workplace stressors, strain on personal relationships and financial stress; and physician wellness is on the line – now more than ever.

Join our expert panel — Dr. Martin Koyle, Hayley Harlock and our own Stephen Hunt — for a candid discussion regarding the challenges the physician community is experiencing related to wellness, relationships and money. The panel will discuss strategies to help mitigate these challenges and strengthen and support the physician community.

You are welcome to comment or ask questions, before and during this session and we will share them with our panel.

To register click here:

Unable to make it? Sign up for the recording here

*This presentation will be in English only.

Canadian Ophthalmology Curriculum Topics, Objectives & Resources

Canadian Ophthalmology Curriculum Topics & Objectives

This document is the finalized list of curriculum topics and objectives for Canadian undergraduate medical education in ophthalmology. The development of this list was based off  three resources: The 2018 objective list developed by the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO) with endorsement from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)1, the AUPO’s 2009 Ophthalmology Core Knowledge and Skills competencies2,and the Medical Council of Canada’s (MCC) objectives pertaining to ophthalmology3.

After a preliminary list of objectives was made based off the previously mentioned resources, a survey was sent to the members of AUPO asking for expert opinion on each curriculum objective and if they warrant inclusion. Based on this survey, talking points were created and later discussed in a virtual meeting where the list was finalized.

*Urgent and red flag conditions have been denoted with a red Asterix. These warrant urgent referral to an ophthalmologist.

Download the full PDF Document here:

Click on the links below to explore the topics:

ICO Connections – The ICO Celebrates Landmark WHO Eye Care Guide

The Eye Care in Health Systems: Guide for Action provides practical, step-by-step, guidance to support Member States in planning and implementing the recommendations of the World report on vision with the goal to provide integrated people-centered eye care services.

This new resource leads Member States through a four-step process: situation analysis; development of an eye care strategic plan and monitoring framework; development and implementation of an operational plan; and establishing and maintaining ongoing review processes.

Currently, more than 2 billion people are living with a vision impairment and of these, at least 1 billion people are needlessly living with poor vision due to lack of access to eye care services. This burden is not borne equally: 90 percent of people with vision impairment or blindness live in low- and middle-income countries. Often, all that is needed is a cost-effective intervention, such as a pair of spectacles or cataract surgery.

Implementing integrated people-centred eye care has the potential to improve millions of lives worldwide and produce huge benefits for the economy, gender equity, inclusion, education and the workplace.

The Guide links to other tools developed by WHO, through consultations with international experts, including:

 The Guide currently links four resources, or tools, including:

  1. Eye care situation analysis tool (ECSAT)
    Purpose: Questionnaire based survey tool to comprehensively assess eye care in a country.
  2. Eye care indicator menu (ECIM) 
    Purpose: List of recommended eye care indicators to be collected regularly.
  3. Package of eye care interventions (PECI)
    Purpose: Planning and budgeting for eye care at each level of the health system.
  4. Eye care competency framework (ECCF)
    Purpose: Planning tool for eye care human resources based on competencies.

For more information click the link below: