IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day Thursday 8 June

Want to enhance your contact lens teaching and supervision skills?  Here’s how…

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) and British Universities Committee of Contact Lens Educators (BUCCLE) invite educators and clinic supervisors to a joint Education Day in Liverpool, UK on Thursday 8 June.

This event is timed to precede the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition taking place in Liverpool from 9-11 June.

IACLE/BUCCLE Education Day will run from 10am to 4.30pm at the Pullman Liverpool Hotel at Kings Dock on Liverpool’s world famous waterfront. The hotel is connected to ACC Liverpool, venue for the BCLA Conference. The program of lectures and discussion will be followed by a Drinks Reception for all attendees, hosted by BCLA, at ACC from 6pm to 7pm.

Attendance at Education Day is free of charge to all contact lens educators and university/college clinic supervisors, thanks to the support of BUCCLE.

Topics covered on the program will include:

•   Communicating with students in the clinic

•   Electronic learning styles

•   Core competencies of UK optometry students

•   Assessment of students’ skills

•   Merging academic teaching into clinical practice

Dr Shehzad Naroo (UK), Dr Luigina Sorbara (Canada), Judith Morris (UK) and Dr Etty Bitton (Canada) will be the IACLE presenters for the day. Neil Retallic, Professor James Wolffsohn, Dr Graham Mouat and Arnold Cochrane will present on behalf of BUCCLE.

To close the day, business coach and leadership development specialist Andy Cole will deliver the final interactive presentation on the effects of brain model on teaching style.

Find the draft program with topics and speakers here

BUCCLE Chair Neil Retallic, Optometry Teaching Fellow at the University of Manchester, commented: ‘Expert educators in the field will highlight best practice teaching methods to ensure you understand how to support your students/trainees most effectively to achieve their potential. The event will be beneficial to those involved in teaching students or supervising trainees, and will cover how to tailor your approach to suit the individual’s preferred learning style, maintaining consistency during assessments, providing feedback, and how to utilise different teaching platforms, including digital technology, to fully engage the learner.’

IACLE’s EAME Regional President Judith Morris, who will chair the meeting, added: ‘IACLE is very pleased to have a joint venture with BUCCLE for Education Day this year. The program theme, chosen by BUCCLE, is directed at clinic supervisors as well as educators because their relationship with the students during a clinic session and assessments is paramount in encouraging an interest in contact lenses as an undergraduate and beyond. We hope everyone will come away with a helpful overall view of how to get the best out of students when interacting in the clinical setting.’

IACLE members should email s.allen@iacle.org and BUCCLE members and clinic supervisors email Neil.Retallic@manchester.ac.uk by 30 April to reserve a free place at Education Day.


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