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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 …

Glaucoma Webinar Still Available!

Don’t miss an opportunity to earn 2 hours of Category 1 CE credit toward your MOC! Diplomates and active candidates who were unable to attend the July 19th webinar “Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma,” have a second chance to benefit from this excellent presentation by Dr. Mitchell Dul. The video recording is available Read More …

News & Notes

Welcome to our new School Ambassadors! ABO has recently launched a School Ambassador program to reach out to current students, residents and faculty members about the benefits of board certification to both the individual practitioner and the profession. We have Ambassadors in place at almost half of the optometry schools and are working to fill the Read More …

Optometry’s Meeting Recap

Another successful Optometry’s Meeting is in the books having taken place in Washington DC from June 20 – 24. This is always a productive time for ABO, with a booth in the exhibit hall and the opportunity to meet with key members and groups in the profession. Our Executive Director, Dr. James Vaught and Board Chair, Dr. Read More …

ABO Partners with Optocase to Deliver New SAMs

As part of our commitment to expand the library of self-assessment modules (SAMs) available to our Diplomates, ABO is pleased to announce a partnership with Optocase, an online CE company based in Ontario.  Optocase has granted ABO access to the content of their COPE-approved CE courses to reformat into SAMs exclusively for our Diplomates. The Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Rebecca Nally

Dr. Rebecca Nally became certified with the American Board of Optometry in 2016. As a young OD in an academic medical practice, she exemplifies many of the characteristics we are seeing in our new Diplomates and Candidates. “I wanted to go through the board certification process because I felt it was a good way to Read More …