|Attention Diplomates: The ABO has announced a series of important certification program changes for 2017 for current diplomates based on the results of a two-year campaign to engage ophthalmologists in creating the certification program of the future. Designed to build on what practicing ophthalmologists know and do every day in the pursuit of professional excellence, these changes leverage mobile technology, improve program flexibility, and enhance relevance to clinical practice.
Maintaining Excellence through Continuous Certification
Excellence doesn't have an endpoint, and it only just begins at certification. For physicians, what it means to be excellent evolves with every new discovery in medicine and breakthrough in technology. To remain at our highest professional level, we have to work continuously–and most importantly, we have to work together.
- Maintaining certification in ophthalmology means participating in a professional development program built by committees of passionate and practical ophthalmologists like you, who rely on best practices and evidence-based standards to make decisions.
- It means selecting from a menu of self-assessment activities designed to address your areas of practice focus, while at the same time, helping you stay up to date on the trends and topics every practicing ophthalmologist needs to know.
- And in 2016, it means doing away with layers of burdensome data entry so you can skip straight to the creation of a quality improvement plan that will make a noticeable and immediate impact on your practice.
Whether you spend most of your day in the exam room, the operating room, or the classroom, the one room we all have in common is our room for improvement. Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology are advancing excellence in eye care every single day. And after 100 years, we're still demonstrating the power and promise of self-regulation in specialty medicine.