Residencies and clinical practice years count!

iStock_000013292090_smallerThinking of taking the January 2016 American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam? You’ll be interested to know that the process is now more inclusive for interested ODs.

Keep the following in mind…

  • If you’ve completed an ACOE-approved residency in the past three years, you automatically earn all 150 exam qualification points needed to take the Board Certification exam. No need to accrue continuing education points to qualify.
  • If your residency was completed three to 10 years ago, you earn 100 points toward exam qualification.
  • If it was completed more than 10 years ago, you earn 50 points toward exam qualification.

You also can earn 5 exam qualification points for each year you’ve been in active clinical practice in the previous 10 years (up to 50 points).

To fill out an initial application and get the process started, click the APPLY NOW button above.  The next Board Certification exam period is January 1-31, 2016.

Working to serve you better

ABO launch image finalWe are preparing to introduce our updated web portal on August 10, 2015.  The American Board of Optometry is excited to bring candidates and Diplomates a more efficient and user-friendly online experience.

Stay tuned to your e-mail inbox and our home page for information on enhanced features and benefits as the date draws closer!

Congratulations, Dr. Heath!

AmericaDavid Heathn Board of Optometry Diplomate and board member David Heath OD has been named president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), one of our founding partner organizations.

Dr. Heath is president of the State University of New York College of Optometry.  He has served on the ASCO board since 2007, including a previous term as president from 2012 to 2013.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Heath!

See why this health system requires Board Certification

Gundersen Health, a Wisconsin-based hospital and clinic system serving three states, requires American Board of Optometry Board Certification for its 20+ optometrists.

Click here for a Q & A with the health system’s CEO and optometry directors… and find out why Board Certification is such an integral part of its culture.

Marty Carroll OD receives SCCO award

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Dr. Carroll accepts SCCO award.

On May 21, 2015, American Board
of Optometry Diplomate Martin
“Marty” Carroll OD received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a 1981 graduate of the school, and practices in southeast Wyoming. Congratulations, Dr. Carroll!

Your residency counts for a lot!

There’s important news for ODs who have completed a recent ACOE-approved residency.

If you sit for the American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam within three years after finishing your residency, you automatically qualify to take the test – no need to accrue CE points for exam eligibility.

And now, if you take the exam within one year after completing your residency, you’re eligible for a reduced exam fee of $1,000 (a savings of $500).  This benefit takes effect with ODs completing residencies in 2014 or 2015 who are eligible for the July 2015 exam.

The American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam is offered each January and July at Prometric Testing Centers around the country and overseas – so finding a convenient location is easy.

American Board of Optometry Diplomates cite many benefits of Board Certification. It signifies a commitment to lifelong learning, excellent patient care, professional growth, and personal enrichment.  It’s a sign to your patients and your peers that you care about continuous achievement and improvement.

Put your residency to work for you!  Apply today at www.americanboardofoptometry.org, and steer your career in the right direction.


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