Continuing Certification Statistics

Total Diplomates

There are 14,111 board-certified ophthalmologists with 10-year, time-limited certificates participating in the Continuing Certification program. (Updated 01/01/24)

Recertification Rates

Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology certified since 1992 hold the credential for a 10-year period and may renew their certification status by completing the Continuing Certification program. The table below reflects the number of diplomates recertified each year along with retention rates (calculated using the total population eligible to recertify that year minus reported retirements, career changes, deaths, and extensions).

Year Ending 12/31 Recertifications Percentage
2023 1,062 93%
2022 1,203 92%
2021 783 97%
2020 931 96%
2019 1,088 97%

Quarterly Questions® Assessment Performance

Year Passing Standard* Diplomates Completed** Pass Rate***
2023 65% 3,906 98.7%
2022 65% 3,838 99.0%
2021 67.5% 5,028 95.3%
2020 65% 4,664 99.2%
2019 65% 4,090 99.7%

*The passing standard is the minimum knowledge question score needed on 40 questions that year.

**These data reflect the number of diplomates who attempted all 40 knowledge-based questions between January 1 and December 31 of the same calendar year in which the activity was launched. 

***These data indicate the percentage of diplomates who met or exceeded the passing standard. Because passing Quarterly Questions over several years is required for maintaining certification, this information is not equivalent to the overall pass rate for the activity as a whole.