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A Word from Our Chair

Nearly 10 years ago, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the American Board of Optometry was formed to establish Optometric Board Certification.  What was true then is still true today.  Board Certification is the standard credential used in nearly every healthcare profession to ensure a clinician staying up-to-date with the most contemporary medical knowledge.  We Read More …

ABO’s New Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Announced at Optometry’s Meeting

Optometry’s Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado June 20 – 24, proved to be the perfect venue to announce ABO’s new Continuous Assessment Program known as CAP. Dr. Erich Hinel, ABO Board Chair, presented CAP to the Presidents’ Council and to the AOA Board of Directors on Wednesday June 20th. “Beginning in 2019, Diplomates will be Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Nate Harkins

Dr. Nate Harkins passed his board certification exam in January 2018. As a newly minted Diplomate, he believes board certification gives ODs an opportunity to have a more focused approach to self-improvement and maintenance of abilities. “Certainly one can do the study on their own,” said Dr. Harkins, “but the prospect of being tested was Read More …

News & Notes

Call for open seat on ABO Board of Directors. ABO will soon have an open seat for a public member to sit on our Board of Directors. John McGuire, who has held the public director seat for 7 years will be retiring from the board in November 2018. McGuire has been a tremendous asset to Read More …

Board Certification Helping to Advance Diplomate Careers and the Optometric Profession

Does having the board certification credential make you a better optometrist? Not necessarily. Does having the board certification credential open opportunities to optometrists that may not otherwise be available? Absolutely. Take for instance Dr. Norman Einhorn. Dr. Einhorn is the director of The Center for Visual Rehabilitation in Belmar, New Jersey and has consulting privileges Read More …

Update on Continuous Assessment

ABO’s staff and Board of Directors have been working over the past few months to finalize details of the new continuous assessment program. Continuous assessment is a new measurement and learning tool that replaces the traditional 10-year recertification exam. Diplomates will no longer be required to pay a costly exam fee or travel to a Read More …

A Word from Our Chair

It is said that a mentor inspires every great achievement.  Many of us act as mentors to students, residents, or even young associates.  I hope that each of you will inspire your mentees to achieve higher standards, to set themselves apart, and to take the next step in their career by becoming Board Certified.  Here Read More …

News & Notes

Don’t Miss our Spring Webinar! If you miss the April 26th webinar on The Future of Cataract Surgery presented by Dr. Paul Ajamian, you can still watch the recorded version for 2 hours of CE credit through May 14th. Simply click here to register and access the recorded webinar. Our next webinar, The Diagnosis and Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Emilio Balius, OD

Emilio Balius, OD was among the first group of optometrists to take and pass the board certification exam in 2011. Now beginning his eighth year in the maintenance of certification (MOC) program, Dr. Balius is an ardent supporter of board certification and has found both personal and professional value in being a Diplomate. “I became Read More …

Marketing Materials Headed Your Way

Earning board certification is an achievement to be proud of. Not only does it demonstrate your commitment to providing the highest quality patient care, but it is also recognized and valued by the general public. A question we often get from Diplomates is how do we let our patients know we have earned this credential Read More …