Certification Statistics

Board Certification Data

The American Board of Ophthalmology welcomes new diplomates after the administration of each Oral Examination. Diplomates are certified for a 10-year period, and may be recertified for an additional 10 years upon completion of Continuing Certification. The table below reflects the number of diplomates certified and recertified each year.

Year Ending December 31 New Diplomates Awarded Certification Diplomates Completing 10-Year Recertification
2021 576 783
2020 470 931
2019 528
1,088
2018 571 658*
2017 501 964
2016 442 934

*Approximately 200 additional diplomates received a temporary extension in order to transition to the Quarterly Questions program for Continuing Certification.

Certification Exams

Statistics from the previous five years of board certification examination administrations are listed below. Since 1916, the ABO has held 244 initial certification examinations and certified 33,202 ophthalmologists.

Written Qualifying Examination (Past Five Years)

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
2022 611 497 419 (84.3%) 114 60 (52.6%) 479 (78.4%) 132 (21.6%)
2021 642 538 452 (84.0%) 104 59 (56.7%) 511 (79.6%) 131 (20.4%)
2020 584 528 456 (86.4%) 56 16 (28.6%) 472 (80.8%) 112 (19.2%)
2019B 498 419 405 (96.7%) 79 31 (39.2%) 436 (87.6%) 62 (12.4%)
2019A 538 465 460 (98.9%) 73 25 (34.2%) 485 (90.1%) 53 (9.9%)
2018 658 490 456 (93.1%) 168 68 (40.5%) 524 (79.6%) 134 (20.4%)

Oral Examination (Past Five Years)

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
2022F 291 225 188 (83.6%) 66 51 (77.3%) 239 (82.1%) 52 (17.9%)
2022S 314 269 221 (82.2%) 45 34 (75.6%) 255 (81.2%) 59 (18.8%)
2021F 328 273 229 (83.9%) 55 38 (69.1%) 267 (81.4%) 61 (18.6%)
2021S 353 235 206 (87.7%) 118 103 (87.3%) 309 (87.5%) 44 (12.5%)
2020D 180 156 113 (72.4%) 24 13 (54.2%) 126 (70%) 54 (30%)
2020C 186 147 109 (74.2%) 39 27 (69.2%) 136 (73.1%) 50 (26.9%)
2020B 171 143 110 (76.9% ) 28 19 (67.9%) 129 (75.4%) 42 (24.6%)
2020A 102 87 68 (78.2%) 15 11 (73.3%) 79 (77.5%) 23 (22.6%)
2019F 379 336 263 (78.3%) 43 33 (76.7%) 296 (78.1%) 83 (21.9%)
2019S 282 226 194 (85.8%) 56 38 (67.9%) 232 (82.3%) 50 (17.7%)
2018F 338 292 249 (85.3%) 46 35 (76%) 284 (84%) 54 (16%)
2018S 335 277 242 (87.4%) 58 45 (77.6%) 287 (85.7%) 48 (14.3%)