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November 25, 2019
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Share Your Quality Improvements with the ABO Community! ABO staff have been reviewing and approving the QIAs that Diplomates submit with their learning plans, and we were struck by the innovative ideas that so many of you have implemented in your practices. Diplomates have created unique EHR templates, designed patient brochures and handouts, conducted chart reviews, and initiated streamlined office procedures. And they’ve reported tangible benefits as a result of these initiatives:  improved patient compliance, less stress for doctors and staff, more precise and accurate diagnoses, and increased revenue due to revisions in coding and billing.

Do you have a successful quality improvement that you’re willing to share with your fellow Diplomates?  ABO is planning to highlight successful QIAs in future issues of our On Board newsletter and on our Facebook page. If you’re interested in participating, please contact us at info@abopt.org.

Our latest webinar, Go for Glaucoma, is now available to view on our website at www.americanboardofoptometry.org. The webinar was presented on November 14th by Dr. Steven Holbrook with over 300 Diplomates registering to attend. Watching the recorded version of the webinar and successfully completing the 20-question quiz will earn you 2 COPE-approved CE credits. Our next webinar, Unraveling Intraocular Inflammation: Diagnosis and Management of Anterior Uveitis and Scleritis, will be presented on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Dr. Erich Hinel. Watch your email for registration information in January.

Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Baker who was selected as Louisiana’s Optometrist of the Year!  Dr. Baker has been an ABO Diplomate since 2013 and is one of only two female ODs to receive the award in over 100 years. Dr. Baker practices in Denham Springs, LA and has been providing care to patients for over 30 years.

Congratulations to the following ABO Diplomates who received their Fellowship or Diplomate status with the American Academy of Optometry in October.  Dr. Casey Hogan – Diplomate in Anterior Segment, Dr. Derek Tong – Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry and Dr. John O’Donnell – Diplomate in Glaucoma. New fellows included Dr. David Sterna, Dr. Margaret Brucker, Dr. Liliana Cervantes Karim, Dr. Cheryl Chapman, Dr. Emily Freeman, Dr. Sarah Gleason, Dr. Micaela Gobeille, Dr. Katherine Herron, Dr. Lillian Kalaczinski, Dr. Jenalyn Jotie, Dr. Teresa Pham, Dr. Kristen Reierson, Dr. Alexandra Scherk, Dr. Jessica Schiffbauer, Dr. Jacqueline Tran and Dr. ZhenZhen Ye.

Registration for the January 2020 Board Certification exam is open! If you are a candidate interested in taking the January exam, the earlier you register the better date selection you will have for scheduling the exam. If you are already a Diplomate, please encourage colleagues to consider taking the January exam and join almost 3,000 other optometrists who are committed to lifelong learning, practice improvement and quality patient eye care.

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