Examination Statistics

Diplomate Data

The American Board of Ophthalmology welcomes new diplomates at two points during each calendar year—once 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 Maintenance of Certification. The table below reflects the number of diplomates certified and recertified each year.

Year Certified Spring Certified Fall Certified Total Recertified (through MOC)
2017 261 240 501 897
2016 222 220 442 885
2015 226 225 451 788
2014 255 233 488 652
2013 229 270 499 863

Certification Exams

Statistics from the previous five years of board certification examination administrations are listed below. The Board has administered certification examinations since 1916. To date, the ABO has held 231 initial certification examinations and certified 30,392 ophthalmologists.

Written Qualifying Examination (WQE)

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
2017 645 494 438 (88.7%) 151 64 (42.4%) 502 (77.8%) 143 (22.2%)
2016 665 501 437 (87.2%) 164 58 (35.4%) 495 (74.4%) 170 (25.6%)
2015 632 460 416 (90.4%) 172  64 (37.2%)  480 (75.9%) 152 (24.1%) 
2014 660 511 440 (86.1%) 149 42 (28.2%) 482 (73%) 178 (27%)
2013 668 485 437 (90.1%) 183 80 (43.7%)  517 (77.4%)  151 (22.6%) 
2012 661 478 410 (85.8%) 183 71 (38.8%) 481 (72.8%) 180 (27.2%)

Oral Examination

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers
Passed
Repeat Takers Repeat Takers
Passed
Overall Passed Overall Failed
F2017 292 225 187 (83.1%) 67 53 (79.1%) 240 (82.2%) 52 (17.8%)
S2017 337 274 220 (80.3%) 63 41 (65.1%) 261 (77.4%) 76 (22.6%)
F2016 290 199 155 (77.9%) 91 65 (71.4%) 220 (75.9%) 70 (24.1%)
S2016 312 262 190 (72.5%)  50 32 (64%)  222 (71.2%)  90 (28.8%) 
F2015 277 221 182 (82.4%)  56 43 (76.8%)  225 (81.2%)  52 (18.8%) 
S2015 280 232 189 (81.5%)  48 37 (77.1%)  226 (80.7%)  54 (19.3%) 
F2014 280 237 199 (82.4%)  43 34 (79.1%)  233 (83.2%)  47 (16.8%) 
S2014 305 247 207 (83.8%)  58 48 (82.8%)  255 (83.6%)  50 (16.4%) 
F2013 328 262 216 (82.4%)  66 54 (81.8%)  270 (82.3%)  58 (17.7%) 
S2013 288 253 205 (81%)  35 24 (68.6%)  229 (79.5%)  59 (20.5%) 
F2012 278 217 190 (87.6%) 61 49 (80.3%) 239 (86%) 39 (14%)
S2012 284 229 182 (79.5%) 55 41 (74.5%) 223 (78.5%) 61 (21.5%)

Maintenance of Certification

Statistics from the previous five years of Maintenance of Certification examination administrations are listed below.

Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) Examination

Year Total Candidates 1st Time Takers 1st Time Takers Passed Repeat Takers Repeat Takers Passed Overall Passed Overall Failed
2017 567 545 528 (96.9%) 22 20 (90.9%) 548 (96.6%) 19 (3.4%)
2016 814 776 747 (96.3%) 38 34 (89.5%) 781 (95.9%)  33 (4.1%) 
2015 1089 1067 1033 (96.8%) 22 14 (63.6%) 1047 (96.1%) 42 (3.9%) 
2014 976 967 945 (97.7%) 9 6 (66.7%) 951 (97.4%) 25 (2.6%)
2013 860 852 844 (99.1%) 8 6 (75%) 850 (98.8%) 10 (1.2%)
2012 957 935 926 (99%) 22 21 (95.5%) 947 (99%) 10 (1%)