American Board of Optometry Implements Continuous Assessment Program

Healio (02/04/2018) Hemphill, Nancy

The American Board of Optometry (ABO) will this year replace its 10-year recertification exam and current maintenance of certification program with a Continuous Assessment Program, according to ABO chair Erich Hinel. He said the replacement program "preserves the rigorous and credible assessments, maintains parity with medical specialty models, and continues to prove optometry's merit for recognition in healthcare policy and, ultimately, self-regulation." Hinel noted that new diplomates must still pass the initial board exam and accrue 100 hours of continuing education over three years, while the requirement of two self-assessment modules every three years is retained as well. "What is new is that the practice performance modules are optional and will count toward CE points," Hinel reported. He cited nine mini-assessments taken three times annually "with the option to drop or skip two assessments during the three-year cycle if it's a topic that you're not as comfortable with." The evaluations will cover specific topic areas, including glaucoma or contact lenses, with emphasis on clinical knowledge, new research, and new practice guidelines.

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