Design a COVID-19 Project

The ABO is encouraging diplomates to earn Continuing Certification credit for implementing measures to protect against COVID-19. A great way to get started is to adapt a project created by other ABO diplomates to your practice.

Documentation for each project involves creating a brief project description that is screened by ABO staff before commencing the activity and a summary report after the activity has been completed. The forms are accessible on your Status Page. Projects developed according to a pre-approved template do not need pre-approval from the ABO.

Before you begin your activity, you will submit an online form that includes the following information. If you are using one of the pre-approved templates, please just copy and paste the template information into the application. Make any adjustments to the text to tailor the project to your practice. Once submitted, the ABO will notify you that you can start your project. Upon completion, you will submit an online summary report that includes the following outcomes specific to your project:

  • Post-implementation measurements
  • Post-implementation data analysis
  • Statement about how the project will improve the diplomate's care of patients

Sample Gallery


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Thomas Margolis, MD

Office procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to patients and staff.

Retina Group Practice/Individual or Group Project

This project addresses the prevention of COVID 19 infection in retina practices. Despite the need for social distancing, the practice of retina involves the necessity of directly seeing patients, many who are considered at high-risk, who require intravitreal injections to prevent loss of vision. The purpose of this project is to devise strategies that will minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to patients and to also protect office staff and physicians from acquiring COVID-19.





COVID19 Prevention in Ophthalmology Office


Group Practice/Individual or Group Project

This project provides the steps to design and implement measures to reduce office staff and patients to COVID in the office setting.





Derek Ohlstein, MD

COVID-19 Infection Control and Prevention in Ophthalmology Offices

Group Practice/Individual or Group Project

This project addresses the prevention of COVID 19 infection and provides general steps to prevent infection of patients and staff in a group practice.





Jennifer Hui, MD


COVID-19 Clinical Practice Guidelines

Private Practice/Solo Practice

Ophthalmic care places the provider and patient at increased risk of disease transmission given examination proximity. This endeavor seeks to mitigate exposure risk incurred in a private clinic solo physician setting.






Project to provide patient care safely and effectively during COVID19 pandemic and state of emergency.


Group Practice/Individual or Group Project

The purpose of the project is to provide care for our patients during the COVID19 shutdown.





Jacob Brubaker, MD

COVID-19 Practice Improvement


Group Practice/Individual or Group Project

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 requires immediate action in the areas of hygiene, social distancing, reduction of clinic volume, and creative solutions such as Telehealth visits. This projects looks at implementing these and other measures to protect staff and patients.





Rebecca Linquist, MD

Use of PPE and Environmental Control to Decrease the Transmission of COVID-19


Multi-specialty Practice/Individual or Group Project

This project addresses providing the training on the correct use of PPE by staff and physicians and the implementation of environmental controls to include proper cleaning and disinfecting rooms and equipment in a group, multi-specialty practice.






Patient and Staff Safety During COVID19 Epidemic


Hospital Setting/Individual or Group Project

This project serves to decrease risk of exposure to and infection by COVID19 in practice staff, physicians and patients during the height of the COVID19 epidemic in New York in a hospital setting.



Lori Dagi Glass, MD

Patient and Staff Safety During COVID19 Epidemic


This project serves to decrease risk of exposure to and infection by COVID19 in practice staff, physicians, and patients during the height of the COVID19 epidemic in New York.



Holly Hindman, MD

Decrease Exposure to and Transmission of COVID-19 in Community Eye Practice Setting

Group Practice

The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive approach for reducing exposure to and transmission of COVID-19 within a community-based multi-subspecialty eye care office setting.




Robert Glazier, MD

COVID-19 Impact Mitigation at Rockwood Eye Center

Multi-Specialty Group

Surgical Center

Transmission of respiratory viral illnesses is very likely to be occurring frequently with baseline conditions standard precautions taken in our current practice environment.


This project is undertaken with the aim of preventing exposure of our patients, staff, and providers to SARS-CoV-2 while still delivering ophthalmic care to patients with vision threatening conditions.




Deepan Selvadurai, MD

COVID-19 Mitigation in Clinic

Group Practice

The goal of the project is to create and execute a plan that alters the standard of care and behavior in an ophthalmology clinic to minimize COVID-19 transmission and promote safe delivery of ophthalmic care.



Abraham Mitias, MD

Modification of COVID Workflow in the Workplace

Group Practice

To modify the movement of patients in the office during the COVID era. Optimizing social distance between patients and staff. Optimizing The use of personal protective devices for staff and patients in the office. Optimizing telemedicine and leveraging technology.




Tamer Mansour, MD


The Ophthalmologist in the Era of COVID-19, A Survival Guide

Group Practice

Multi-Specialty Group


Surgical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world and with that our own medical practices, clinical activities, and the dire risk of illness. Just a few months ago, our practices were busy with patients with little concern of a deadly communicable disease process. We have been forced to determine the best measures of practice to ensure not only the safety of our patients but also of our own. I would like to present the changes we made to our clinic at both the academic, private practice and Veterans facilities to safe-guard the health of everyone and yet not sacrifice the necessary treatment of emergent/urgent patients.  With these changes comes practices that we can continue into the future. I will try to also look measures undertaken in areas outside the United States to further protect our patients and doctors in the future.



Debbie Kuo, MD

Staff & Patient Reduction

Multi-Specialty Group

Risk of transmission on COVID-19 is increased in close contact situations. Reducing patient volume, staff, and number of providers in the office simultaneously minimizes high risk interactions.



Michael Pingree, MD

New Practice Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Solo Practice

While the COVID 19 virus is increasing exponentially in the population, we have implemented policy changes in the office to stop the transmission of the virus while still being able to serve the needs of patients with urgent and emergency eye conditions.



Andrew Baldwin, MD

Eye Physicians PC COVID-19 Safety and Precautions Implementation

Group Practice

In order to provide a safe environment for patients and staff, safety measures and protocols have been developed to comply with CDC and AAO guidelines. Furthermore, these measures were tailored for our specific ophthalmology practice and patient population.



Rajy Rouweyha, MD

Implementing COVID-19 Infection Control Measures to Improve Both Physician and Patient Safety


Group Practice

Surgical Center

Based on current medical practice as literature review of the current COVID-19 crisis, the purpose of this project will be to implement the following measures in all of our clinic / surgery centers: 1. Administrative control measures, 2. Environmental control measures, and 3. Use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Finally, we will work on the implementation of telemedicine - a novel idea for our practice in ophthalmology.



Marc Longo, MD

Oculoplastic Office and Surgery Center Response to COVID Pandemic

Group Practice

Due to the ongoing problem of the COVID pandemic and ongoing need for continuation of care in a large Metropolitan Oculoplastic Clinic a project was started to address the requirements of office safety and protection of office staff and patients during this crisis. The office has an Ambulatory surgery center attached where outpatient oculoplastic procedures are performed. The local government mandate allows the clinic to remain open with certain precautionary measures in place. The design of the project is intended to help identify at risk patients and carries of the COVID virus, protect physicians and all office personnel and place parameters in place in the event of a COVID exposure or patient.



Joseph Boss, MD


Ophthalmology Clinical Practice Patterns to Reduce COVID-19 Infections

Group Practice

To implement practice patterns in a retina clinic to protect patient and staff from exposure to COVID-19. Description and assessment of practice patterns aimed at reducing clinic exposure time for patients, inter-personal exposure, and droplet safety measures.



Ronald Warwar, MD

COVID-19 Infection Control and Patient and Staff Safety in the Office

Solo Practice

Office protocols are being examined, addressed, and modified to improve patient and staff safety and mitigate spread of COVID-19. All procedural policies regarding patient physical contact from entry to exit of the office is being scrutinized. Staff conduct and interaction is being modified as well.




Jason Cheung, MD

Infection Control Measures and Adoption of Telemedicine in a Pediatric Ophthalmology Office During COVID-19 Epidemic


Solo Practice

1) Evaluate the use of SMS messaging in preventing COVID-19 or exposed suspects from entering the office

2) Evaluate the effect of clinical volume reduction to allow social distancing in the waiting room

3) Evaluate the utilization of newly adopted telemedicine technology during the epidemic

4) Evaluate the effectiveness of various infection control measures in response to the outbreak



Paul Edwards, MD


Covid-19 response of Henry Ford Ophthalmology Department to Minimize Patient and Staff Exposure to Corona Virus



Multi-Specialty Group

Healthcare Network

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus infection, I established a department wide quality improvement team with leaders from our physician staff as well as administrative non-physicians. The group meets daily by telephone conference call to plan and respond to changes associated with the pandemic. The goal is to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to patients and employees in Ophthalmology, to reduce the consumption of PPE and to improve access to hospital resources for growing volumes of infected patients. This includes hospital beds and surgical services. We have a large Optometric delivery program, so we are collaborating with them on our efforts.



Ilya Sluch, MD


COVID-19 Infection Control and Prevention at CFES


Group Practice

Improving in-office hygiene with face masks, encouraging telemedicine, and imposing social distancing in the office setting to limit COVID19 transmission in the office.



David Markoff, MD


COVID-19 Mitigation for Mountain Eye Associates

Group Practice

This project was implemented in an effort to prevent, as much as possible, the spread/transmission of the novel coronavirus within our office and patient contacts



Kristina Pao, MD


Social Distancing in a Group Practice to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 While Maintaining Care for Patients

Group Practice

Given the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and our generally susceptible older patient population, it is our social and moral obligation to do our part as medical professionals to reduce the local spread of coronavirus and help flatten the curve. Our previous practices were within the standard norm in terms of patient flow and facility cleanliness given a busy private practice. However, the global pandemic forced us to look at our own hygienic practices and identify areas where improvement could be made to do our part to reduce exposure and the spread of COVID-19 in our community.



Eric Leung, MD


COVID-19 Prevention in an Ophthalmology Office

Group Practice

Design and implement measures to reduce office staff and patients to COVID-19 in the office setting. COVID-19 is rapidly expanding and is already prevalent in northern California. Measures are outlined to reduce patient and office staff exposure.



Brian Alder, MD

COVID-19 Infection Control and Prevention in Ophthalmology Office

Group Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic is quickly spreading throughout the world, including in the United States. Ophthalmologists may be at particular risk of infection due to the close proximity with patients required for an exam, and they then may be vectors for spread of the virus. We plan to implement various best-practices to reduce the risk of viral transmission in our clinic.



Elizabeth Baze, MD

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Eye Care Line Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has required the Eye Care Line at MEDVAMC to adjust practices to reduce potential exposure of patients and staff and reduce spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. While remaining available to provide urgent and emergent ophthalmic care, we have converted many in-person visits to telehealth appointments, limited clinic and OR procedures to urgent/emergent procedures only, divided optometrists and ophthalmology residents into two teams that alternate teleworking and working on-site, increased use of PPE, increased the already stringent protocol for cleaning examination rooms between patients, and implemented screening to determine which patients require a face-to-face examination.



James Dickey, MD


South Hills Eye Associates Covid-19 Plan

Group Practice

Covid-19 is a highly contagious viral respiratory infection with high morbidity and mortality. Due to a long latency after infection and many asymptomatic carriers, community control has been difficult. The infection seems to be more aggressive and has a higher mortality rate in older populations, especially those with preexisting or underlying chronic medical conditions. South Hills Eye Associates has a majority of patients in the higher risk group. A plan to limit exposure and transmission between patients, staff and physicians is critical.



Richard Kalski, MD


Office Measures Taken to Protect Patients, Staff, and The Public from Exposure to COVID-19

Solo Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the medical and surgical practice of ophthalmology. This project will outline the office measures taken to attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19 to patients and staff while continuing to provide high quality ophthalmic care.



Estuardo Ponce, MD


Protecting Retina Patients from Transmittable Diseases Through Increasing Hygiene and the Flow in the Clinic

Multi-Specialty Group

A modification on the patient flow through the office and enhanced cleaning after each examination will be done to maintain zero cases of COVID-19 acquired in the office.