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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 …

Dr. Stanley Woo, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO Named Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo

ABO would like to congratulate our own Dr. Stanley Woo on his new role as Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Dr. Woo began serving on ABO’s Board of Directors in 2015 and has made many contributions to the advancement of Board Certification within the Read More …

Financial Transparency

With some medical boards receiving critical reports regarding their finances in recent years, we often receive inquiries about our own financial situation from Diplomates, as well as prospective Candidates. Most often these inquiries are focused on our exam and MOC fees along with the desire to be reassured that ABO is conducting business in a Read More …

A Word from Our Chair

Is Board Certification Good for Optometry? The question we usually get asked by individual practitioners is “Why should I become board certified? What will it do for me?”  And we each have our reasons. I practiced with two ophthalmologists who were board certified in ophthalmology, so when board certification in optometry became available, it was Read More …

News & Notes

Congratulations to Diplomate Paul Barney who will be recognized by the American Optometric Association with the Optometrist of the Year Award for 2017. Dr. Barney is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry and currently serves as director of the Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute’s Co-Management and Surgery Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He has dedicated Read More …

ABO Webinar Series Continues...

On April 11, 2017, the ABO hosted a 2-hour presentation “Eyelid and Periorobital Lesion Removal and Biopsy” by Dr. Richard Castillo. This members-only webinar was attended live by 190 Diplomates and active Candidates, and about 60 additional members watched the recorded webinar.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, as evidenced by these comments from attendees. “I Read More …

Staff Spotlight - Dr. Catherine Hines

Dr. Catherine Hines plays an integral role with ABO overseeing development of the board certification exam and elements of the MOC program. A graduate of New England College of Optometry, she completed a residency in Primary Care Optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and then returned to NECO as a full-time faculty member where she Read More …

How Do Patients and Colleagues Know I'm Board Certified?

Board Certification is a credential that is recognized by patients, employers, credentialing agencies, third party payers and the federal government. Now that you have put in the hard work and earned this valued credential, where can people find this information and how can it be used in your practice? Becoming a Diplomate in the American Read More …

Pediatric Practice in Performance (PPM) Launching in May

A new PPM will be available to ABO Diplomates this month. The Pediatric PPM is based on the recently published American Optometric Association (AOA) Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), which can be accessed here http://aoa.uberflip.com/i/807465-cpg-pediatric-eye-and-vision-examination. This PPM uses records of patients aged 2-16 years old, who present for a comprehensive Read More …

A Word from Our Chair

With thanks to our volunteers…. The American Board of Optometry relies heavily on volunteers, our colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that the mission of the organization is fulfilled, and the work gets done. We couldn’t function without them. Would you like to volunteer? Here are some of the roles volunteers fill: Directors Directors are Read More …

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 …