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A Word from Our Chair

What Are Your Professional Goals for 2018? The start of a new year brings an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and to set your sights on future achievements.  It is still not too late to define your professional goals for 2018.  It can be a daunting task, but here’s how the ABO can help… Read More …

New SAMs Released

Our SAM library continues to grow with the release of two new modules from our partnership with Optocase. Both modules were released in January and are available on all Learning Plans. Following is a brief description of each module. Corneal Abrasions – Learning objectives include a review of the anatomy and principals of wound healing Read More …

Staff Spotlight – April Wilhelm

Joining the American Board of Optometry in 2014 as Operations Director, April Wilhelm manages the day-to-day business of the organization, assists Diplomates and Candidates with staying on track and promotes the mission of board certification in optometry. She received her undergraduate degree in public relations and marketing from McKendree University in Illinois and her MBA Read More …

Tips for Getting the Most Out of MOC While Staying On Top of Requirements

Maintenance of Certification is designed to assist Diplomates in advancing their professional knowledge, skills and practice. Keeping up with critical information in a rapidly changing healthcare environment can be a daunting task. Between patients, management responsibilities, keeping up with EMRs and other work related duties, finding time to invest in your own knowledge can be Read More …

News & Notes

Did you miss the Winter Webinar? On January 23rd, ABO hosted our first quarterly webinar of 2018, entitled Retina Grand Rounds: A review of Common Entities. The webinar was presented by Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary and highlighted common posterior segment conditions and issues of co-management of care. Webinars are always available for MOC credit for two Read More …

A Word from Our Outgoing Chair

2017 has been an interesting year for board certification. While there are still no payers requiring it (yet), there are signs that it is becoming a standard that practices and insurers are looking for. Here are some changes we’ve noted: Large MD/OD practices are increasingly requiring their practitioners to be board certified, and are requesting Read More …

New Developments at Annual Board Meeting

The American Board of Optometry’s annual meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7th, where Dr. Erich Hinel was appointed as Board Chair. Dr. Hinel has been on the Board of Directors since 2014 and replaces outgoing chair, Dr. Barbara Reiss. Dr. Reiss will remain on the board as an immediate past chair. Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. John O’Donnell

When Dr. John O’Donnell graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983, the option to become board certified did not exist.  He did, however, complete externships at Walson Army Hospital and the Lynch Pediatric Unit of the Eye Institute. He then chose to practice in an MD/OD setting and continues that role today at Read More …

ABO Policy on Personal Information

When applying for board certification, candidates are required to provide personal information such as demographics, license data, education and degrees, NPI number, place of employment, birth date and credit card data. You may wonder why all of this information is necessary and what ABO does with it. First and foremost, the data is used to Read More …

News & Notes

New webinars added to library.  Our two most recent webinars have been added to the “Links” tab on the ABO website. Topics are Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma and OCT Interpretation. Our next webinar will be held in January 2018. Keep an eye out for a save-the-date in mid-December! End of year Read More …