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Board Certification Exam Updates

ABO recently completed the first administration of its revamped Board Certification Examination, at Scantron Testing Centers, ABO's new test-delivery partner.


Growing CAP

With two years, seven CAP assessments, one survey and a multitude of feedback under our belt, CAP continues to evolve to better serve the learning needs of our Diplomates.

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Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow and Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary to Join Board of Directors

ABO is please to introduce our two new board members-elect, Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary and Dr. Geoffrey Goodfellow who will be joining the ABO board in June.

"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

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Jul 1, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021

Summer Board Certification Exam

The ABO Board Certification exam will be offered during July and August at Scantron centers throughout the US and US…

Aug 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Webinar: OCT-Angiography (OCTA)

Presented by Mohammad Rafieetary, OD, FAAO, FORS, this webinar will focus on the principles of OCTA, OCT and Retinal Angiography,…


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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?

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