The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation's oldest medical specialty certifying board, founded in 1916. Our mission is to serve the public by improving the quality of ophthalmic practice through a process of certification and Maintenance of Certification that fosters excellence and encourages continual learning. The ABO is one of 24 medical specialty certifying boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).
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Due to inclement weather, the ABO Office is closed Tuesday, December 10. All phone calls and email messages will be returned as quickly as possible upon re-opening.
2013 Exam Results Update:
Oral Examination and DOCK Results Are Now Available
Fall 2013 Oral Examination
October 2013 Oral Examination results are now available. Please check your mail for your official notification letter. To find out now if you have passed the exam, you may log into your Candidate Status Page:
- If you see information about Maintenance of Certification on your Status Page, this indicates that you have passed the examination and achieved board certification.
- If your Status Page invites you to register for the next Oral Examination, or re-take the Written Qualifying Examination, this means you were unsuccessful in Chicago, and must repeat one or more steps in the certification process.
Exam Stats: 328 candidates sat for the Fall 2013 Oral Examination. Out of 271 candidates taking the Examination for the first time, 222 (81.92%) passed. Out of 57 candidates repeating the Examination, 48 (84.21%) passed. The ABO thanks all of the volunteer examiners who participated in the October examination. The next Oral Examination will be held June 6-8, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.
2013 DOCK Examination
The results of the September 2013 DOCK Examination are now available. Please check your mail for your official result letter. To find out now if you have passed the exam, you may log into your MOC Status Page:
- The presence of a checkmark in the Cognitive Expertise row of your MOC cycle table along with the message, "You have passed the Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) examination," means you have completed the Part 3 requirement.
- The lack of a checkmark in the Cognitive Expertise row of their MOC cycle table along with the message, "You did not successfully complete the DOCK examination," means you did not earn a passing score.
Exam Stats: 860 Diplomates sat for the 2013 DOCK Examination. 850 passed (98.84%) and 10 failed (1.16%). Out of 852 candidates taking the Examination for the first time, 844 (99.06%) passed. Out of 8 candidates repeating the Examination, 6 (75%) passed.
New Clinically Inactive Status Policy
If you are no longer in active practice, but still wish to maintain your Board Certification, the ABO now offers Clinically Inactive Status to eligible diplomates. Click here to learn more about the policy and apply for Clinically Inactive Status.