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Medical Licensure

Maintaining a Valid Medical License

To satisfy the Professionalism and Professional Standing element of Continuing Certification, you must hold a valid and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States, its territories, or Canadian provinces where your practice of medicine is regularly conducted and in each other place in which you practice or have practiced, at all times.

Exhibiting Professionalism

The American Board of Medical Specialties, in conjunction with the Federation of State Medical Licensing Boards, provides the American Board of Ophthalmology with a report of disciplinary actions involving all candidates and diplomates. Although the ABO monitors through electronic notification the disciplinary sanctions imposed on the licenses of diplomates, ABO Rules and Regulations require diplomates to personally notify the Board if at any time their license status is compromised in any way.