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A Word from Our Chair

September 9, 2019

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…

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News & Notes

September 9, 2019

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. Our next webinar, Go for…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Thelma Barnes, OD, FAAO

September 9, 2019

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…

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Website Launch

September 9, 2019

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…

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A Word from Our Chair

May 14, 2019

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…

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CAP Wrap Up

May 14, 2019

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…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Amanda Hoelscher

May 14, 2019

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…

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Website Update

May 14, 2019

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…

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News & Notes

May 13, 2019

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…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Jeff Klein

February 8, 2019

Always searching for ways to improve as an optometrist, Dr. Jeff Klein was among the first to sit for the board certification exam and now serves as an ABO Ambassador for the state of Nebraska. “When I became board certified,” said Dr. Klein. “our state was in the middle of presenting legislation to expand our…

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A Word from Our Chair

February 8, 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is with great enthusiasm that I announce the appointment of April Wilhelm as the new Executive Director of the American Board of Optometry. April first joined the ABO in 2014 as operations director and has quickly become an indispensable part of our organization.  In addition to running…

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CAP has Launched!

February 8, 2019

Our first CAP mini-assessment was made available on January 15th to those Diplomates who were eligible to begin the CAP program on January 1, 2019. To determine when you become eligible for CAP, click here. The first topic, Systemic Health, will be available for completion until April 30, 2019. We have had over 100 Diplomates…

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Great Things are Happening in 2019!

February 8, 2019

As we look ahead into 2019, we want to share some of the exciting projects and events that will fill the ABO calendar in the coming months. First up is the website, www.americanboardofoptometry.org. Some of you may have already noticed a change to the login screen. There are now two separate login areas, one for…

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News & Notes

February 8, 2019

Attending SECO? ABO will be there! Stop by booth 131 to ask a question, pay your MOC fee, inquire about the new CAP program or just say hi. SECO is known for offering a wealth of CE opportunities and will be held this year in beautiful New Orleans, Louisiana from February 20th to the 24th….

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News & Notes

November 28, 2018

Big news for our webinars! On Tuesday, December 4th, ABO will host our next webinar, Clinical Controversies in Ophthalmic Decision Making, presented by Steven Holbrook, OD. Dr. Holbrook practices at the Eye Center of Southern Indiana, specializing in medical/surgical eye care and is an ABO Diplomate. And don’t forget, if you can’t make the live…

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New SAMs Released

November 28, 2018

Our library is growing again! Still need to do a SAM this year? Check out our newest release Preseptal and Orbital Cellulitis, added to the library on November 19th!  We will also be adding Hypertensive Retinopathy on December 15th. Overviews are below. Both modules were developed in partnership with Optocase, which is a collaborative initiative…

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Meet Our Newest Board Members

November 28, 2018

ABO is excited to introduce our newest board members, who were officially installed and began their terms at our annual meeting on November 6, 2018. We look forward to the contributions they will most certainly make in the coming years and appreciate their willingness to serve the optometric profession through the support of board certification….

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CAP Update!

November 28, 2018

Maintaining your board certification is about to get much simpler and more meaningful! With the roll-out of our new maintenance of certification process, CAP, only a month away, we are eager to get it started and excited about the changes that will benefit our Diplomates! To ensure everyone is on board, we’ve created a phase-in…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Katy Johnson

November 28, 2018

Dr. Katy Johnson recognized the importance of board certification early on and was among the first to sit for the board certification exam in 2011. “As a residency trained optometrist, I was encouraged to critically read research and apply it to my clinical decisions,” said Dr. Johnson. “Board certification for optometry, or any medical career,…

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To Dilate or Not to Dilate

November 28, 2018

To dilate or not to dilate?  As ultra-widefield imaging (UWFI) technology becomes more affordable and readily available, this question is the focus of passionate debate in optometric circles. So it’s not surprising that the issue surfaces occasionally at the ABO with respect to our SAMs and PPMs.  In response to a recent inquiry, we reached…

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A Word from Our Chair

November 28, 2018

The American Board of Optometry’s Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held in San Antonio, Texas on November 6th in conjunction with the American Academy of Optometry’s meeting.  It was another busy and productive meeting.  Here are a few of the highlights… The Board approved the appointment of four new members, Dr. Matthew Gerstberger who…

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A Word from Our Chair

August 9, 2018

Nearly 10 years ago, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing health care landscape, the American Board of Optometry was formed to establish Optometric Board Certification.  What was true then is still true today.  Board Certification is the standard credential used in nearly every health care profession to ensure a clinician staying up-to-date with the most contemporary…

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ABO’s New Continuous Assessment Program (CAP) Announced at Optometry’s Meeting

August 9, 2018

Optometry’s Meeting, held in Denver, Colorado June 20 – 24, proved to be the perfect venue to announce ABO’s new Continuous Assessment Program known as CAP. Dr. Erich Hinel, ABO Board Chair, presented CAP to the Presidents’ Council and to the AOA Board of Directors on Wednesday June 20th. “Beginning in 2019, Diplomates will be…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Nate Harkins

August 9, 2018

Dr. Nate Harkins passed his board certification exam in January 2018. As a newly minted Diplomate, he believes board certification gives ODs an opportunity to have a more focused approach to self-improvement and maintenance of abilities. “Certainly one can do the study on their own,” said Dr. Harkins, “but the prospect of being tested was…

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News & Notes

August 9, 2018

Call for open seat on ABO Board of Directors. ABO will soon have an open seat for a public member to sit on our Board of Directors. John McGuire, who has held the public director seat for 7 years will be retiring from the board in November 2018. McGuire has been a tremendous asset to…

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Board Certification Helping to Advance Diplomate Careers and the Optometric Profession

August 9, 2018

Does having the board certification credential make you a better optometrist? Not necessarily. Does having the board certification credential open opportunities to optometrists that may not otherwise be available? Absolutely. Take for instance Dr. Norman Einhorn. Dr. Einhorn is the director of The Center for Visual Rehabilitation in Belmar, New Jersey and has consulting privileges…

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Introducing CAP

June 25, 2018

CAP is a new Continuous Assessment Program that will replace ABO’s 10-year recertification exam and MOC program beginning in 2019. Diplomates can now maintain their board certification without the stress and expense of a high stakes exam every 10 years, yet still be confident that they are keeping up with advancements in the profession while…

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Update on Continuous Assessment

April 26, 2018

ABO’s staff and Board of Directors have been working over the past few months to finalize details of the new continuous assessment program. Continuous assessment is a new measurement and learning tool that replaces the traditional 10-year recertification exam. Diplomates will no longer be required to pay a costly exam fee or travel to a…

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A Word from Our Chair

April 26, 2018

It is said that a mentor inspires every great achievement.  Many of us act as mentors to students, residents, or even young associates.  I hope that each of you will inspire your mentees to achieve higher standards, to set themselves apart, and to take the next step in their career by becoming Board Certified.  Here…

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News & Notes

April 26, 2018

Don’t Miss our Spring Webinar! If you miss the April 26th webinar on The Future of Cataract Surgery presented by Dr. Paul Ajamian, you can still watch the recorded version for 2 hours of CE credit through May 14th. Simply click here to register and access the recorded webinar. Our next webinar, The Diagnosis and…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Emilio Balius, OD

April 26, 2018

Emilio Balius, OD was among the first group of optometrists to take and pass the board certification exam in 2011. Now beginning his eighth year in the maintenance of certification (MOC) program, Dr. Balius is an ardent supporter of board certification and has found both personal and professional value in being a Diplomate. “I became…

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Marketing Materials Headed Your Way

April 26, 2018

Earning board certification is an achievement to be proud of. Not only does it demonstrate your commitment to providing the highest quality patient care, but it is also recognized and valued by the general public. A question we often get from Diplomates is how do we let our patients know we have earned this credential…

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A Word from Our Chair

February 8, 2018

What Are Your Professional Goals for 2018? The start of a new year brings an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments and to set your sights on future achievements.  It is still not too late to define your professional goals for 2018.  It can be a daunting task, but here’s how the ABO can help……

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New SAMs Released

February 7, 2018

Our SAM library continues to grow with the release of two new modules from our partnership with Optocase. Both modules were released in January and are available on all Learning Plans. Following is a brief description of each module. Corneal Abrasions – Learning objectives include a review of the anatomy and principals of wound healing…

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Staff Spotlight – April Wilhelm

February 7, 2018

Joining the American Board of Optometry in 2014 as Operations Director, April Wilhelm manages the day-to-day business of the organization, assists Diplomates and Candidates with staying on track and promotes the mission of board certification in optometry. She received her undergraduate degree in public relations and marketing from McKendree University in Illinois and her MBA…

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of MOC While Staying On Top of Requirements

February 7, 2018

Maintenance of Certification is designed to assist Diplomates in advancing their professional knowledge, skills and practice. Keeping up with critical information in a rapidly changing health care environment can be a daunting task. Between patients, management responsibilities, keeping up with EMRs and other work related duties, finding time to invest in your own knowledge can…

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News & Notes

February 6, 2018

Did you miss the Winter Webinar? On January 23rd, ABO hosted our first quarterly webinar of 2018, entitled Retina Grand Rounds: A review of Common Entities. The webinar was presented by Dr. Mohammad Rafieetary and highlighted common posterior segment conditions and issues of co-management of care. Webinars are always available for MOC credit for two…

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Holiday Office Hours

November 20, 2017

Happy Holidays! ABO wishes all of our Diplomates and Candidates a warm and joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year! As a reminder, our office will be closed from December 22, 2017 through January 2, 2017. If you are having trouble meeting your Stage 1 MOC requirements by December 31, 2017, please contact us…

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A Word from Our Outgoing Chair

November 15, 2017

2017 has been an interesting year for board certification. While there are still no payers requiring it (yet), there are signs that it is becoming a standard that practices and insurers are looking for. Here are some changes we’ve noted: Large MD/OD practices are increasingly requiring their practitioners to be board certified, and are requesting…

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New Developments at Annual Board Meeting

November 15, 2017

The American Board of Optometry’s annual meeting was held in St. Louis, Missouri on November 7th, where Dr. Erich Hinel was appointed as Board Chair. Dr. Hinel has been on the Board of Directors since 2014 and replaces outgoing chair, Dr. Barbara Reiss. Dr. Reiss will remain on the board as an immediate past chair….

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. John O’Donnell

November 15, 2017

When Dr. John O’Donnell graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1983, the option to become board certified did not exist.  He did, however, complete externships at Walson Army Hospital and the Lynch Pediatric Unit of the Eye Institute. He then chose to practice in an MD/OD setting and continues that role today at…

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ABO Policy on Personal Information

November 15, 2017

When applying for board certification, candidates are required to provide personal information such as demographics, license data, education and degrees, NPI number, place of employment, birth date and credit card data. You may wonder why all of this information is necessary and what ABO does with it. First and foremost, the data is used to…

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News & Notes

November 15, 2017

New webinars added to library.  Our two most recent webinars have been added to the “Links” tab on the ABO website. Topics are Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma and OCT Interpretation. Our next webinar will be held in January 2018. Keep an eye out for a save-the-date in mid-December! End of year…

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Glaucoma Webinar Still Available!

July 27, 2017

Don’t miss an opportunity to earn 2 hours of Category 1 CE credit toward your MOC! Diplomates and active candidates who were unable to attend the July 19th webinar “Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment of Glaucoma,” have a second chance to benefit from this excellent presentation by Dr. Mitchell Dul. The video recording is available…

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News & Notes

July 27, 2017

Welcome to our new School Ambassadors! ABO has recently launched a School Ambassador program to reach out to current students, residents and faculty members about the benefits of board certification to both the individual practitioner and the profession. We have Ambassadors in place at almost half of the optometry schools and are working to fill the…

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Optometry’s Meeting Recap

July 27, 2017

Another successful Optometry’s Meeting is in the books having taken place in Washington DC from June 20 – 24. This is always a productive time for ABO, with a booth in the exhibit hall and the opportunity to meet with key members and groups in the profession. Our Executive Director, Dr. James Vaught and Board Chair, Dr….

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ABO Partners with Optocase to Deliver New SAMs

July 26, 2017

As part of our commitment to expand the library of self-assessment modules (SAMs) available to our Diplomates, ABO is pleased to announce a partnership with Optocase, an online CE company based in Ontario.  Optocase has granted ABO access to the content of their COPE-approved CE courses to reformat into SAMs exclusively for our Diplomates. The…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Rebecca Nally

July 26, 2017

Dr. Rebecca Nally became certified with the American Board of Optometry in 2016. As a young OD in an academic medical practice, she exemplifies many of the characteristics we are seeing in our new Diplomates and Candidates. “I wanted to go through the board certification process because I felt it was a good way to…

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Dr. Stanley Woo, OD, MS, MBA, FAAO Named Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo

July 26, 2017

ABO would like to congratulate our own Dr. Stanley Woo on his new role as Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. Dr. Woo began serving on ABO’s Board of Directors in 2015 and has made many contributions to the advancement of Board Certification within the…

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Financial Transparency

July 26, 2017

With some medical boards receiving critical reports regarding their finances in recent years, we often receive inquiries about our own financial situation from Diplomates, as well as prospective Candidates. Most often these inquiries are focused on our exam and MOC fees along with the desire to be reassured that ABO is conducting business in a…

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A Word from Our Chair

July 26, 2017

Is Board Certification Good for Optometry? The question we usually get asked by individual practitioners is “Why should I become board certified? What will it do for me?”  And we each have our reasons. I practiced with two ophthalmologists who were board certified in ophthalmology, so when board certification in optometry became available, it was…

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News & Notes

May 3, 2017

Congratulations to Diplomate Paul Barney who will be recognized by the American Optometric Association with the Optometrist of the Year Award for 2017. Dr. Barney is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry and currently serves as director of the Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute’s Co-Management and Surgery Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He has dedicated…

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ABO Webinar Series Continues…

May 3, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the ABO hosted a 2-hour presentation “Eyelid and Periorobital Lesion Removal and Biopsy” by Dr. Richard Castillo. This members-only webinar was attended live by 190 Diplomates and active Candidates, and about 60 additional members watched the recorded webinar.  The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, as evidenced by these comments from attendees. “I…

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Staff Spotlight – Dr. Catherine Hines

May 3, 2017

Dr. Catherine Hines plays an integral role with ABO overseeing development of the board certification exam and elements of the MOC program. A graduate of New England College of Optometry, she completed a residency in Primary Care Optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and then returned to NECO as a full-time faculty member where she…

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How Do Patients and Colleagues Know I’m Board Certified?

May 3, 2017

Board Certification is a credential that is recognized by patients, employers, credentialing agencies, third party payers and the federal government. Now that you have put in the hard work and earned this valued credential, where can people find this information and how can it be used in your practice? Becoming a Diplomate in the American…

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Pediatric Practice in Performance (PPM) Launching in May

May 3, 2017

A new PPM will be available to ABO Diplomates this month. The Pediatric PPM is based on the recently published American Optometric Association (AOA) Comprehensive Pediatric Eye and Vision Examination Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG), which can be accessed here http://aoa.uberflip.com/i/807465-cpg-pediatric-eye-and-vision-examination. This PPM uses records of patients aged 2-16 years old, who present for a comprehensive…

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A Word from Our Chair

May 3, 2017

With thanks to our volunteers…. The American Board of Optometry relies heavily on volunteers, our colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that the mission of the organization is fulfilled, and the work gets done. We couldn’t function without them. Would you like to volunteer? Here are some of the roles volunteers fill: Directors Directors are…

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Update from our Chair

February 2, 2017

  Do you use social media?  We do. For the past year, the American Board of Optometry has been using Facebook to post links to clinically relevant journal articles, most of which are not available in general optometry literature. Thanks to Alan Glazier, administrator of OD’s on Facebook, which has over 27,000 followers, we then…

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We’re Adding to our Library

February 2, 2017

  In mid-February, we will be launching a new Self-Assessment Module (SAM) and a new Performance in Practice Module (PPM). Our goal is to add 4-6 new modules per year, and these are our first additions for 2017. Here is a brief overview of each new module. PPM This Pediatric PPM is based on the soon-to-be-published…

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Welcome to our New Board Members!

February 1, 2017

ABO’s annual board meeting was held in Anaheim, California on November 7, 2016. Highlights of the meeting include the election of two new board members and the naming of new executive officers. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs and Dr. Katherine Mastrota to the 2016-2017 Board of Directors. Dr. Jacobs has been a Diplomate since…

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Webinar Opportunities – Mark your Calendars!

February 1, 2017

ABO’s first live webinar, Office-based Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician, was a resounding success! Hosted by Dr. Richard Castillo on December 6th, the webinar was attended by over 200 Diplomates and Candidates with another 200+ viewing the recorded version which was available on GoToWebinar through December 28th. All attendees received 2 hours of CE…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Rachel Grant

February 1, 2017

Dr. Rachel Grant is part of a new generation of optometrists who are embracing board certification as a path to lifelong learning and maintaining the highest measure of quality care. “As I entered into optometry, I made a promise to myself to never be complacent with my education and to provide the highest standard of…

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News & Notes

January 31, 2017

CEWire will again offer ABO Diplomates and Candidates a discount on their 2017 on-demand CE courses. All courses are COPE approved and require a test with a passing score to earn credit credentialed by NOVA University. You can earn up to 40 credits at a $30 discount off the $179 fee by entering promotional code…

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New Webinar Series Announced

January 5, 2017

The American Board of Optometry is excited to announce a series of webinars for 2017.  For our first webinar, we teamed up with Dr. Richard Castillo, OD, DO on the topic of Office-based Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician. Over 250 Diplomates participated in the live webinar which can be viewed in its entirety here. Dr….

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Holiday Office Hours

December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays! ABO wishes all of our Diplomates and Candidates a warm and joyous holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year! As a reminder, our office will be closed from December 23, 2016 through January 3, 2017. If you are having trouble meeting your Stage 1 MOC requirements by December 31, 2016, please contact us…

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News & Notes

October 13, 2016

Congratulations to our Newest Diplomates! We have 52 new Diplomates who passed the July 2016 exam. Please join us in congratulating Dr. So Yeon Lee Tse, Dr. Jennifer Snyder, Dr. Julia Canestraro, Dr. Emily Bruce, Dr. Janice Pierce, Dr. Misty Watters, Dr. Kimberley Poirier, Dr. May Jarkas, Dr. Serena Sukhija, Dr. Christian Jordan, Dr. Jasmine Yumori,…

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Update from our Chair

October 12, 2016

Have you started your Maintenance of Certification (MOC) this year? I thought I would devote this editorial to the reasons behind the MOC requirements, and the ways ABO is working to make it relevant to your practice. When ABO was created, we found that in order for board certified optometrists to have parity with board…

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How do we Compare?

October 12, 2016

As ABO board certification becomes more valued in the optometry profession and our number of Diplomates grows, I often get asked how our fees compare to other medical boards.  This can be a tough question considering the vast difference in size of many board organizations. Covering operating expenses for a board with 80,000 members can…

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Trends in Optometric Practice

October 12, 2016

In the Fall of 2015, the American Board of Optometry conducted a job task analysis (also known as a practice analysis), which is the basis for development of a content-valid certification examination. In accordance with best practices, the American Board of Optometry conducts a new JTA every 5 years to ensure that the content of…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Marty Carroll

October 12, 2016

Dr. Carroll has an enthusiasm for optometry that is infectious. In practice for over 35 years, not only has he seen many changes in the profession, but he has also played a role in some of those changes. Dr. Carroll works in a maximum scope medical and contact lens based private practice with four other…

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Mark you Calendars for a Great Webinar!

October 12, 2016

ABO has teamed up with Dr. Richard Castillo to offer our Diplomates and Active Candidates an exclusive opportunity to earn CE points through an exciting new webinar. We know your time is valuable and ABO is thrilled to be able to provide a high quality CE event at no cost to you! We have several…

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Optometry’s Meeting Recap

July 26, 2016

Optometry’s Meeting, held in Boston, Massachusetts from June 29th to July 2nd, was an extremely positive event for ABO. To begin the week, Dr. James Vaught, ABO Interim Executive Director, met separately with both ARBO and ASCO to present an update on board certification. After our July examination is complete, approximately twenty percent of ASCO…

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News & Notes

July 25, 2016

We’ve added a new SAM! Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) is a relatively uncommon disorder, but its incidence and prevalence are rising in the US and other parts of the world where obesity is epidemic. Optometrists are often the first health care professionals to see patients with IIH, and may play a crucial role in the initial…

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Gender Trends

July 25, 2016

In the Fall of 2015, the American Board of Optometry conducted a job task analysis (also known as a practice analysis), which is the basis for development of a content-valid certification examination. In accordance with best practices, the American Board of Optometry conducts a new JTA every 5 years to ensure that the content of…

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Diplomate Spotlight – Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs

July 25, 2016

In this issue’s Diplomate Spotlight, we want to welcome Dr. Mindabeth Jacobs who will be appointed to our Board of Directors at the ABO annual meeting in November. Dr. Jacobs will serve an initial 3-year term and has been a Diplomate and active volunteer with ABO since the beginning. Before the first exam was even…

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Am I Being Graded?

July 25, 2016

Diplomates frequently ask the ABO staff how the results of the SAMs and PPMs are used. Feedback is an essential component of the learning process, and Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) provide diplomates with valuable feedback about their knowledge and understanding of a specific topic. These modules are not scored in any way, nor are the results…

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Update from our Chair on PhysicianCompare

July 25, 2016

CMS has developed a new website called PhysicianCompare, where they post physician information including quality measures that CMS has defined. When patients sign up for Medicare, they are referred to the PhysicianCompare website to make their choice of doctor. About PhysicianCompare On that website, Board Certified physicians are defined for the patient as “experts” in their…

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We Want to Hear From You!

April 20, 2016

Thoughts on MOC? Question on CE? Exciting news to share? Let us know! At the American Board of Optometry (ABO), we want to stay in touch with our Diplomates and Active Candidates. If you have volunteered, been elected, won an award, had something published, given a speech, taken on a new role or anything else…

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News & Notes

April 20, 2016

July 2016 exam registration is open. Register before May 31st to take advantage of the early bird discount. Seats fill fast, so to get the best choice of available dates and locations, schedule now! Looking for SAM writers! Do you find our SAMs engaging and informative? Would you like to try your hand at authoring…

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Join us at Optometry’s Meeting!

April 20, 2016

b Optometry’s Meeting is right around the corner and the American Board of Optometry (ABO) is planning a fantastic reception for our Diplomates and Active Candidates! The reception will be held on Thursday, June 30th at the Marriott. An email invitation with complete details will be sent in late May. We plan to have a…

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Congratulations to Our New Diplomates!

April 20, 2016

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) welcomed 43 new Diplomates after the January 2016 exam. Candidates received notification in March that they had passed the board certification exam and would be immediately enrolled in the MOC program. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Veena Adusumilli of Easton, PA, Dr. Savannah Brunt of Denver, CO, Dr….

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Ambassador Spotlight – Dr. David Sterna

April 20, 2016

As an inaugural Ambassador, Dr. Sterna represents the American Board of Optometry (ABO) in the state of Ohio. Dr. Sterna graduated from the Ohio State University College of Optometry and has been in private practice for over 30 years. Today, his practice is aligned with Vision Source and has grown into the medical model of…

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New CE Categories Added

April 20, 2016

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) has recently added two new types of CE that meet post-graduate and MOC requirements. Live webinar has been added as an approved activity under Category 1 CE. This cannot be a recording of a webinar, but a live event in which attendees are able to participate. Webinars with an…

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Update from our Board Chair

April 20, 2016

What does it mean to be board certified in optometry? Lifelong Learning. Commitment to Growth. Parity with Medicine. A Credential that Patients Look For. Lifelong Learning. In order to bring this goal to the profession, we have increased our social media presence on Facebook and LinkedIn. On Facebook, you will find Monday Morning Grand Rounds–a mostly…

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ABO Announces New Exam Format

March 30, 2016

In the Fall of 2015, the American Board of Optometry conducted a job task analysis (also known as a practice analysis), which is the basis for the development of a content-valid certification examination. In accordance with best practices, the American Board of Optometry conducts a new JTA every 5 years to ensure that the content…

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American Board of Optometry Board Certification to be included on Physician Compare

November 2, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday, October 30th that American Board of Optometry (ABO) Board Certification will be added to the Physician Compare website on Medicare.gov The announcement came as part of a final rule issued by CMS updating payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services furnished under…

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Diplomates in the news…

October 5, 2015

American Board of Optometry Diplomates in leadership positions at the Southern California College of Optometry welcome a new class of future ODs. Read all about it here.  

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Residencies and clinical practice years count!

August 21, 2015

Thinking of taking the January 2016 American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam? You’ll be interested to know that the process is now more inclusive for interested ODs. Keep the following in mind… If you’ve completed an ACOE-approved residency in the past three years, you automatically earn all 150 exam qualification points needed to take…

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Working to serve you better

July 13, 2015

We are preparing to introduce our updated web portal on August 10, 2015.  The American Board of Optometry is excited to bring candidates and Diplomates a more efficient and user-friendly online experience. Stay tuned to your e-mail inbox and our home page for information on enhanced features and benefits as the date draws closer!

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Congratulations, Dr. Heath!

July 12, 2015

American Board of Optometry Diplomate and board member David Heath OD has been named president of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), one of our founding partner organizations. Dr. Heath is president of the State University of New York College of Optometry.  He has served on the ASCO board since 2007, including…

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See why this health system requires Board Certification

May 20, 2015

Gundersen Health, a Wisconsin-based hospital and clinic system serving three states, requires American Board of Optometry Board Certification for its 20+ optometrists. Click here for a Q & A with the health system’s CEO and optometry directors… and find out why Board Certification is such an integral part of its culture.

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Marty Carroll OD receives SCCO award

May 20, 2015

On May 21, 2015, American Board of Optometry Diplomate Martin “Marty” Carroll OD received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a 1981 graduate of the school, and practices in southeast Wyoming. Congratulations, Dr. Carroll!

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Your residency counts for a lot!

April 15, 2015

There’s important news for ODs who have completed a recent ACOE-approved residency. If you sit for the American Board of Optometry Board Certification exam within three years after finishing your residency, you automatically qualify to take the test – no need to accrue CE points for exam eligibility. And now, if you take the exam…

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Good news for ODs with military service

January 9, 2015

Eligible optometrists with U.S. Armed Forces service now will be able to receive G.I. Bill reimbursement for the American Board of Optometry’s Board Certification examination fee.

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Thank you, Dr. Borden and Dr. Miller!

December 3, 2014

The American Board of Optometry would like to recognize and thank Diplomates Megan Borden OD of Centennial, Colo., and Chelsea Miller OD of Racine, Wis., for their service as Board members.  Their willingness to devote time and effort to the progress of optometry demonstrates a high level of professional commitment. Photos, left to right:  American…

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ODs meet and greet at Academy 2014

December 3, 2014

Optometrists attending the Academy 2014 conference in Denver were invited to a November 12 evening reception with the American Board of Optometry.  It was an excellent opportunity for them to network and learn more about the Board Certification exam and program.  Executive director Jeffrey Weaver OD, business manager April Wilhelm, and several Board members were…

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Welcome, Dr. Wooley and Dr. Hinel!

October 17, 2014

The American Board of Optometry is very pleased to announce that two Diplomates have taken on new Board of Directors roles. They will assume their posts formally at the November 2014 annual meeting. R. Scott Wooley OD has been named an at-large member of the American Board of Optometry’s Board of Directors. Dr. Wooley has…

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Item writers and reviewers, we thank you!

August 29, 2014

A team of dedicated American Board of Optometry Diplomates converged on Phoenix August 15-17, 2014, to create the questions for our January 2015 Board Certification exam.  Diplomates represented a wide range of practices and areas of expertise, helping to ensure an exam that is fair, balanced, and relevant to patient care trends. Our item writers…

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Congratulations, Dr. Ajamian

July 11, 2014

Former American Board of Optometry chairman Paul Ajamian OD (at right) was honored with the American Optometric Association’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award at Optometry’s Meeting (R) in Philadelphia at the end of June.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ajamian on this prestigious award!  Click here to view a video about Dr. Ajamian’s contributions to…

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In memoriam: Paul E. Berman OD

July 9, 2014

The American Board of Optometry is saddened to learn of the passing of Paul E. Berman OD of Hillsdale, N.J. Dr. Berman was a Manhattan native, and graduated from the Pacific University College of Optometry in 1975. Following graduation, he founded Focus Eye Health & Vision Care in Hackensack, N.J., where he spent his career…

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In memoriam: Dr. Victor Buck, Dr. Fred Burnett

June 12, 2014

The American Board of Optometry is saddened to learn of the recent passing of two of its Diplomates, Victor Buck OD of El Paso, Texas, and Fred Burnett OD of Jackson, Tenn. Dr. Buck, of the Cataract and Glaucoma Center in El Paso, passed away in March of this year.  He earned a doctorate from…

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Performance in Practice Module UPDATE!

December 6, 2013

Twenty-seven Diplomates who began their Maintenance of Certification (MOC) in 2011 are paving the way for the rest of their board-certified colleagues.  Those 27 Diplomates who began MOC in 2011 must complete the Performance in Practice Module (PPM) by December 31, 2013, so they have embarked on the process, providing much feedback to make the…

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Exam Myths Explained

April 2, 2013

What’s holding you back from taking the ABO exam? We compiled the most common road blocks and debunked them.  1. I’ve been out of school for so long. My knowledge comes from years of practicing, not necessarily text books. I wouldn’t know where to start. The examination topics were derived from a thorough job analysis…

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ABO Diplomate Appointed SCCO Dean

January 30, 2013

The ABO is pleased to congratulate ABO Diplomate Stan Woo, OD, M.S., F.A.A.O., on his recent appointment as Dean of the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Woo to the SCCO Community,” said SCCO President Kevin L. Alexander, O.D., Ph.D. “He brings a wealth of diverse expertise to the position encompassing…

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ABO Receives NCCA Accreditation

January 7, 2013

We are pleased to announce that our board certification program has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five-year period.  The ABO received NCCA accreditation for its program by demonstrating compliance with the NCCA’s rigorous Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. “Receiving NCCA accreditation is another significant step in assuring credibility of…

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ABO Clears Up AOS Inaccuracies

December 17, 2012

The American Board of Optometry’s (ABO’s) recent string of victories against the America Optometric Society (AOS) represents a resounding blow to the AOS’s credibility as a purported “speaker of truth” about the ABO and board certification in general. Last week, the presiding judge in the AOS’s false advertising case against the ABO followed up on…

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Policies & Procedures Manual Now Available

November 29, 2012

In an effort to provide as much information as possible to our Diplomates, Active Candidates, applicants and others interested in board certification, our website now hosts our entire Policies and Procedures Manual. 63 policies and procedures are now available through the ABO website. Its contents are split into eleven categories: Board of Directors Officers and…

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Take Advantage of Your Experience!

November 14, 2012

Take advantage of your experience before the ABO Phase-In Period ends. Don’t miss your chance to take the ABO exam while Phase-In Rules are still in effect. Get the full benefit of your clinical practice experience by applying to be an Active Candidate today. Online applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and registration for…

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The New ABO Website

October 4, 2012

Welcome to our new website! We’ve updated pages and features to provide a better experience for Diplomates, Active Candidates and others interested in board certification. The new website has a “Find a Board Certified Optometrist” option for those wishing to locate an ABO Diplomate.  However, at this time, this functionality is still in testing, so you…

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ABO Announces New Diplomates

October 3, 2012

The American Board of Optometry is pleased to release the results of its July 15-31, 2012, Board Certification Examination.  A total of 214 doctors qualified to take the examination, and 198 doctors (92.5 percent) passed, successfully becoming Diplomates of the American Board of Optometry.  These doctors, representing 39 states and one province in Canada, will…

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An Open Letter to Optometrists from the ABO Board of Directors

August 17, 2012

Dear Colleagues, A few years ago, a small group of optometrists, unhappy that the profession created a board certification program, formed the American Optometric Society (AOS).  They brought a lawsuit against the American Board of Optometry, stating that board certification was confusing, deceptive and misleading to the public.  On August 2, 2012, after only a…

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Dr. Thomas J. Overberg Passes Away

July 20, 2012

The ABO regrets the passing of one of our first Diplomates, Dr. Thomas J. Overberg. As a board certified optometrist, Dr. Overberg exemplified dedication to his profession and quality of clinical care.  The American Board of Optometry Board of Directors and staff extend its condolences to Dr. Overberg’s family and friends. Dr. Overberg was an…

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AOS v ABO Case to Go to Trial

June 13, 2012

Judge’s decision sends case to court July 10 in Los Angeles The U.S. District Court, Central District of California, granted the American Board of Optometry’s (ABO) motions related to two of the three claims alleged by the American Optometric Society (AOS).  The Court agreed with the ABO’s request for a judgment in its favor on…

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ABO Announces New Public Member

June 1, 2012

The American Board of Optometry is pleased to introduce John P. McGuire as its new public member on its Board of Directors.  As a retired hospital executive, McGuire contributes additional experience with health care operations and finance to the ABO Board. McGuire joins at an exciting and busy time of the year for the ABO…

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ABO Gaining Profession-Wide Support

May 10, 2012

The American Board of Optometry would like to sincerely thank the profession for supporting us during the growth years of our organization. As our network of Diplomates expands, the ABO community grows stronger. Dedication to lifelong learning is what optometry was built on, from the years of gaining diagnostics and therapeutics to our modern day…

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Demonstrate Commitment to Lifelong Learning

April 5, 2012

Don’t miss your chance to take the American Board of Optometry Exam while phase-in rules are still in effect. Get the full benefit of your clinical practice experience by registering for the July 2012 exam today. Join our Diplomates and the hundreds of Active Candidates who have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning…

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