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A Word from Our Chair

As the end of 2021 approaches, I wish to recognize the invaluable contributions from our state ambassadors.


MOC Subspecialty Committee Meets at Academy

In the fall of 2020, the ABO Board of Directors formed a committee to explore the need for, and interest in, specialty credentials.

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Diplomate Spotlight - Lillian Kalaczinski, OD

In 2010, when ABO was finalizing the first board certification exam, Dr. Kalaczinski was serving on the Michigan Optometric Association Board.

"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.

Jan 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Webinar: Ocular and Neuro-ophthalmic Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Presented by Dr. Brian Hall, OD, FAAO. Dr. Hall has a focus in comprehensive eye care, ocular and neuro-ophthalmic disease…

Feb 1, 2022 - Mar 31, 2022

Spring 2022 Board Certification Exam

The board certification exam for spring 2022 will open on February 1st and close on March 31st. Registration for the…

Apr 5, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT

Webinar: Medical Applications of Contact Lenses

Presented by Dr. Susan Resnick, OD. Dr. Resnick is a leading expert in dry eye and scleral contact lenses and…


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Why should I become Board Certified?

By going through the voluntary process of becoming Board Certified, our Diplomates demonstrate competence beyond entry level.

How do I get started becoming an American Board of Optometry Diplomate?

Applying to become an Active Candidate is the first step. Click the start certification button below, and complete all four pages of the application. This will initiate the verification process.

What should I know about the exam process?

Looking for cost information, dates, registered testing centers, or questions about the exam in general? Start here.