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A Word from Our Chair

I would first like to recognize the hard work and commitment of those at the American Optometric Association. By now, I am sure you have heard that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall for the online vision screening test formerly known as Opternative. This follows years of intense scrutiny and pressure Read More …

News & Notes

Our latest webinar, Pediatric Ocular Emergencies, is now available to view on our website at www.americanboardofoptometry.org. The webinar was presented on August 6th by Dr. Kathleen Elliott and was attended by over 200 Diplomates. Watching the recorded version of the webinar and successfully completing the 20-question quiz will earn you 2 COPE approved CE credits. Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Thelma Barnes, OD, FAAO

For Dr. Thelma Barnes, becoming board certified was a way to separate herself from the pack and ensure she was continually challenged to stay current with knowledge and skills. Providing the highest level of patient care, along with a sense of personal satisfaction was all the motivation she needed to pass the examination and become Read More …

Website Launch

Final touches are being made to the new ABO website and a launch is scheduled for the end of September!  We are excited about the look of the new website and hope you will find it much easier to navigate and locate information. Diplomates and Candidates will be able to log in to their Learning Read More …

We Need Your Expertise!

Every five years, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) requires ABO to conduct a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to meet certification requirements. With the last JTA completed in 2015, we will be undertaking a new JTA in early 2020. The purpose of a JTA is to identify and validate what tasks within a job Read More …

A Word from Our Chair

Earlier this year the American Board of Optometry launched the Continuous Assessment Program, known as CAP for short. It is the heart of our Maintenance of Certification process, which also includes Self Assessment Modules and COPE approved webinars, aimed at creating a structured pathway for self-study and self-assessment. About one-third of our Diplomates started the Read More …

CAP Wrap Up

Our first CAP assessment, Systemic Health, expired on May 1st with 938 Diplomates completing the assessment and 167 Diplomates failing to complete the assessment on time. The preliminary pass rate was 73%, although a final psychometric analysis is still pending and may alter the pass rate. While we would like to see the pass rate Read More …

Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Amanda Hoelscher

The American Board of Optometry wouldn’t be what it is today without the dedication and commitment of our many volunteers. Dr. Amanda Hoelscher is one of those volunteers. A graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry, Dr. Hoelscher completed externships in Denver, Colorado and Dallas, Texas. During her time in Dallas, she found Read More …

Website Update

The redesign of the ABO website is moving ahead as planned and we have moved the launch date up from the end of the year to mid-summer. The design has been finalized and content development is underway. We plan to add several new features including a calendar to highlight important dates such as upcoming webinars Read More …

News & Notes

Our latest webinar, Contemporary Dry Eye Management, is now available on our website at www.americanboardofoptometry.org. The webinar was presented on April 8th by Dr. Susan Resnick and was attended by over 300 Diplomates. Watching the recorded version of the webinar and successfully completing the 20-question quiz will earn you 2 COPE approved CE credits. Our Read More …