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Annual Board Meeting Sets Priorities for 2022

At the annual Board of Director's meeting on June 23rd in Denver, Colorado, the focus was on setting priorities for the year ahead and evaluating recent program changes.


How SMART is Your QIA?

Change is necessary in order to improve the quality of patient care or clinical practice, but change can be difficult to implement and even more difficult to maintain over time.

Joy Harewood

Diplomate Spotlight - Joy Harewood, OD

On March 1, 2021, The State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry appointed Dr. Joy Harewood as the College’s first Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

"Being a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry holds me accountable for lifelong learning. It give me a goal to work toward each year."

Lauren Goldsmith, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

“Obtaining board certification after residency reflected my strong commitment to stay current with the evolving profession, while reinforcing relevant clinical knowledge both in primary care and specialty areas of optometry.”

Tara Vacharkulksemsuk, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Upcoming Events

Stay in the know about exams, training, and more.

Nov 3, 2021 - Nov 6, 2021

Academy 2021

Attending Academy 2021 in Boston? Stop by the ABO booth #1227 to learn about board certification and the valuable role…

Nov 18, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST

Webinar: Oral Medications in Eye Care

Presented by Diane Adamczyk, OD, this course discusses the pharmacologic considerations, use, application and latest in the literature on oral…


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