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Update from our Chair

  Do you use social media?  We do. For the past year, the American Board of Optometry has been using Facebook to post links to clinically relevant journal articles, most of which are not available in general optometry literature. Thanks to Alan Glazier, administrator of OD’s on Facebook, which has over 27,000 followers, we then Read More …

We're Adding to our Library

  In mid-February, we will be launching a new Self-Assessment Module (SAM) and a new Performance in Practice Module (PPM). Our goal is to add 4-6 new modules per year, and these are our first additions for 2017. Here is a brief overview of each new module. PPM This Pediatric PPM is based on the soon-to-be-published Read More …

Welcome to our New Board Members!

ABO’s annual board meeting was held in Anaheim, California on November 7, 2016. Highlights of the meeting include the election of two new board members and the naming of new executive officers. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs and Dr. Katherine Mastrota to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Dr. Jacobs has been a Diplomate since Read More …

Webinar Opportunities - Mark your Calendars!

ABO’s first live webinar, Office-based Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician, was a resounding success! Hosted by Dr. Richard Castillo on December 6th, the webinar was attended by over 200 Diplomates and Candidates with another 200+ viewing the recorded version which was available on GoToWebinar through December 28th. All attendees received 2 hours of CE Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight - Dr. Rachel Grant

Dr. Rachel Grant is part of a new generation of optometrists who are embracing board certification as a path to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest measure of quality care. “As I entered into optometry, I made a promise to myself to never be complacent with my education and to provide the highest standard of Read More …

News & Notes

CEWire will again offer ABO Diplomates and Candidates a discount on their 2017 on-demand CE courses. All courses are COPE approved and require a test with a passing score to earn credit credentialed by NOVA University. You can earn up to 40 credits at a $30 discount off the $179 fee by entering promotional code Read More …

News & Notes

Congratulations to our Newest Diplomates! We have 52 new Diplomates who passed the July 2016 exam. Please join us in congratulating Dr. So Yeon Lee Tse, Dr. Jennifer Snyder, Dr. Julia Canestraro, Dr. Emily Bruce, Dr. Janice Pierce, Dr. Misty Watters, Dr. Kimberley Poirier, Dr. May Jarkas, Dr. Serena Sukhija, Dr. Christian Jordan, Dr. Jasmine Yumori, Read More …

Update from our Chair

Have you started your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) this year? I thought I would devote this editorial to the reasons behind the MOC requirements, and the ways ABO is working to make it relevant to your practice. When ABO was created, we found that in order for board certified optometrists to have parity with board Read More …

How do we Compare?

As ABO board certification becomes more valued in the optometry profession and our number of Diplomates grows, I often get asked how our fees compare to other medical boards.  This can be a tough question considering the vast difference in size of many board organizations. Covering operating expenses for a board with 80,000 members can Read More …

Trends in Optometric Practice

In the Fall of 2015, the American Board of Optometry conducted a job task analysis (also known as a practice analysis), which is the basis for development of a content-valid certification examination. In accordance with best practices, the American Board of Optometry conducts a new JTA every 5 years to ensure that the content of Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight - Dr. Marty Carroll

Dr. Carroll has an enthusiasm for optometry that is infectious. In practice for over 35 years, not only has he seen many changes in the profession, but he has also played a role in some of those changes. Dr. Carroll works in a maximum scope medical and contact lens based private practice with four other Read More …

Mark you Calendars for a Great Webinar!

ABO has teamed up with Dr. Richard Castillo to offer our Diplomates and Active Candidates an exclusive opportunity to earn CE points through an exciting new webinar. We know your time is valuable and ABO is thrilled to be able to provide a high quality CE event at no cost to you! We have several Read More …

Optometry's Meeting Recap

Optometry’s Meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts from June 29th to July 2nd, was an extremely positive event for ABO. To begin the week, Dr. James Vaught, ABO Interim Executive Director, met separately with both ARBO and ASCO to present an update on board certification. After our July examination is complete, approximately twenty percent of ASCO Read More …

News & Notes

We’ve added a new SAM! Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a relatively uncommon disorder, but its incidence and prevalence are rising in the US and other parts of the world where obesity is epidemic. Optometrists are often the first health care professionals to see patients with IIH, and may play a crucial role in the initial Read More …

Gender Trends

In the Fall of 2015, the American Board of Optometry conducted a job task analysis (also known as a practice analysis), which is the basis for development of a content-valid certification examination. In accordance with best practices, the American Board of Optometry conducts a new JTA every 5 years to ensure that the content of Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight - Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs

In this issue’s Diplomate Spotlight, we want to welcome Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs who will be appointed to our Board of Directors at the ABO annual meeting in November. Dr. Jacobs will serve an initial 3-year term and has been a Diplomate and active volunteer with ABO since the beginning. Before the first exam was even Read More …

Am I Being Graded?

Diplomates frequently ask the ABO staff how the results of the SAMs and PPMs are used. Feedback is an essential component of the learning process, and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) provide diplomates with valuable feedback about their knowledge and understanding of a specific topic. These modules are not scored in any way, nor are the results Read More …

Update from our Chair on PhysicianCompare

CMS has developed a new website called PhysicianCompare, where they post physician information including quality measures that CMS has defined. When patients sign up for Medicare, they are referred to the PhysicianCompare website to make their choice of doctor. About PhysicianCompare On that website, Board Certified physicians are defined for the patient as “experts” in their Read More …

We Want to Hear From You!

Thoughts on MOC? Question on CE? Exciting news to share? Let us know! At the American Board of Optometry (ABO), we want to stay in touch with our Diplomates and Active Candidates. If you have volunteered, been elected, won an award, had something published, given a speech, taken on a new role or anything else Read More …

News & Notes

July 2016 exam registration is open. Register before May 31st to take advantage of the early bird discount. Seats fill fast, so to get the best choice of available dates and locations, schedule now! Looking for SAM writers! Do you find our SAMs engaging and informative? Would you like to try your hand at authoring Read More …

Join us at Optometry's Meeting!

b Optometry’s Meeting is right around the corner and the American Board of Optometry (ABO) is planning a fantastic reception for our Diplomates and Active Candidates! The reception will be held on Thursday, June 30th at the Marriott. An email invitation with complete details will be sent in late May. We plan to have a Read More …

Congratulations to Our New Diplomates!

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) welcomed 43 new Diplomates after the January 2016 exam. Candidates received notification in March that they had passed the board certification exam and would be immediately enrolled in the MOC program. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Veena Adusumilli of Easton, PA, Dr. Savannah Brunt of Denver, CO, Dr. Read More …

Ambassador Spotlight - Dr. David Sterna

As an inaugural Ambassador, Dr. Sterna represents the American Board of Optometry (ABO) in the state of Ohio. Dr. Sterna graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry and has been in private practice for over 30 years. Today, his practice is aligned with Vision Source and has grown into the medical model of optometry Read More …

New CE Categories Added

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) has recently added two new types of CE that meet post-graduate and MOC requirements. Live webinar has been added as an approved activity under Category 1 CE. This cannot be a recording of a webinar, but a live event in which attendees are able to participate. Webinars with an Read More …

Update from our Board Chair

What does it mean to be board certified in optometry? Lifelong Learning. Commitment to Growth. Parity with Medicine. A Credential that Patients Look For. Lifelong Learning. In order to bring this goal to the profession, we have increased our social media presence on Facebook and LinkedIn. On Facebook, you will find Monday Morning Grand Rounds–a mostly Read More …