Annals of Eye Science Ophthalmology Foundation Publications

The Ophthalmology Foundation is pleased to share that four articles have been published in volume 9 of the Annals of Eye Science, based on our Teaching Skills Series. Annals of Eye Science is an international, open access, peer-reviewed online journal featuring clinical investigations, clinical observations, and clinically relevant laboratory investigations in the broad fields of ophthalmology.

Read more about the articles and work of the Ophthalmology Foundation:

Article 1

Golnik K, Chew YC, Palis G, Swaminathan M. Improving the training abilities of ophthalmic educators: the Ophthalmology Foundation’s initiatives. Ann Eye Sci 2024; 9:6.

This editorial discusses the challenges faced by medical educators in training ophthalmologists, emphasizing the importance of both medical skills and professional conduct. It introduces the Ophthalmology Foundation’s initiatives to enhance subspecialty care and improve the training of ophthalmic educators through various programs, including face-to-face symposia, online courses, and mentorship opportunities. The article also outlines the content covered in a special series on enhancing teaching skills, covering topics such as providing feedback, teaching professionalism, and assessing competence. Read the full article.

Article 2

Gearinger MD. Designing a medical ethics curriculum in ophthalmology. Ann Eye Sci 2024;9:5.

This brief report emphasizes the importance of ethical principles in medical practice, particularly in ophthalmology. It highlights barriers to incorporating formal ethics curriculum into ophthalmology training programs and suggests methods for overcoming these challenges. The paper advocates for the development of a structured ethics curriculum within ophthalmology, outlining components such as lectures, readings, case discussions, and clinic sessions. It proposes utilizing the concept of backward design to create a comprehensive and effective curriculum, guiding readers through the process of establishing learning outcomes, assessments, and a cohesive learning plan. Read the full article.

Article 3

Barrio-Barrio J. Interactivity software tools for teaching in ophthalmology. Ann Eye Sci 2024;9:4.

This article discusses the increasing popularity of interactive audience software, like audience response systems (ARS), in medical education. It highlights the benefits such as increased engagement and active learning, but also addresses challenges like technical issues and ethical concerns. The paper reviews six specific interactive software platforms and emphasizes their potential to improve student understanding, feedback, and participation in real-time. Overall, while there are challenges to implementation, interactive audience software presents significant opportunities to enhance learning in medical education. Read the full article.

Article 4

Mack HG. Review: update on performance assessment and monitoring systems for ophthalmologists. Ann Eye Sci 2024;9:3.

This article discusses performance assessment and monitoring systems in ophthalmology, highlighting the concepts of revalidation and recertification. It reviews arguments for and against performance assessment, involving stakeholders like doctors, peers, patients, regulators, and policymakers. The evolution of assessment models is outlined, including portfolios, examinations, and emerging methods like performance indicators and workplace-based assessments. While evidence supporting performance assessments is limited, they are gradually gaining acceptance worldwide, with the need for further research into optimal methods and cost-benefit analysis emphasized. Read the full article.

View the full Annals of Eye Science publication and learn more about the Ophthalmology Foundation’s Teaching Skills for Ophthalmic Educators Series.