Interested in Becoming Involved?

The ABO relies on a generous network of Diplomate volunteers to accomplish our mission. Volunteering not only benefits the Board and fellow Diplomates, it also benefits the volunteer by providing a rewarding experience, learning opportunities and a chance to earn CE credit toward MOC requirements.

We are always looking for dedicated, board certified optometrists from a diversity of practice areas who want to support the mission of the ABO. Whether you practice in a rural area or a major medical center, full-time or part-time, a seasoned provider or a new grad, we would love to work with you!

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, including short term projects and longer-term committees. Current opportunities include:

  • State Ambassador - represent the American Board of Optometry at a minimum of one state association-level meeting annually and act as a mentor to fellow optometrists regarding board certification.
  • School Ambassador - represent the American Board of Optometry to students, residents and faculty through meetings, written communications and advocacy efforts focusing on the benefits of board certification.
  • SAM (Self-Assessment Module) Author - develop an evidence-based SAM using patient cases and images from your own practice. SAM authors follow a template outlining the format for the module and must identify evidence-based references to support the information presented in the SAM.
  • Item Writing/Review Committee – work with fellow Diplomates to develop items for the board certification exam and CAP assessments.

For additional information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us.



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Upcoming Events

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Spring Exam Window

Feb 1, 2024 @ 8:00 am - Mar 31, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST
The next administration of the board certification exam will be February 1 - March 31, 2024. Applications may be submitted...
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Webinar: Long Term Outcomes and Recent Advances in Refractive Surgery

Apr 29, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT
Join us on April 29 as Mark Eltis, OD, presents a course on advances in refractive surgery. While LASIK and...
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