Quarterly Questions Blueprint

The test blueprint (content outline) for Quarterly Questions lists the topics you can expect to see on the assessment and the approximate distribution of questions that will come from each topic area. The current blueprint was developed in August 2017 and was used to build the 2018 and 2019 versions of Quarterly Questions; however, a new topic area for Ophthalmic Emergencies was added under Core Knowledge for 2019. Best practices in test development call for the creation of a new content outline every 3-5 years. The outline may be revised sooner if significant changes to the field warrant re-review. The blueprint used for the 2017 Quarterly Questions assessment is also linked below.

Quarterly Questions is designed to assess everyday clinical knowledge; therefore, it should not require advance study. However, this blueprint may help you get acquainted with the format, structure, and content of the assessment. This document is not intended to serve as a study guide.

Blueprints for Quarterly Questions

Topic Area
Core Knowledge
Cataract
Comprehensive
Cornea and External Disease
Glaucoma
Neuro-ophthalmology and Orbit
Oculoplastics and Orbit
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Refractive Management and Optics
Retina and Vitreous
Uveitis
All 2017 Quarterly Questions Content

The blueprints linked above pertain only to the knowledge-based portion of the Quarterly Questions program. The article-based section of the Quarterly Questions program is developed and scored separately. Designed to facilitate the acquisition and application of new information, the article-based section features “must-read” articles from the previous 18 months along with seminal articles published in peer-reviewed medical and ophthalmic journals. Articles are reviewed and selected for inclusion by subspecialty liaisons and subject matter experts based on factors such as clinical relevance and impact. In 2019, at least 3 articles are available in each subspecialty category as well as core, patient safety, quality improvement, and ethics/professionalism.

Acknowledgements

Development of the QQ content outline adhered to psychometric guidelines for exam development and relied primarily on existing evidence-based literature and expert consensus. Expert consensus was provided by volunteer practicing ophthalmologists representing the following subspecialties: Cataract/Anterior, Cornea/External Disease, Glaucoma, Neuro-Orbital, Oculoplastics, Pediatrics/Strabismus Segment, Refraction and Optics, Retina-Vitreous, and Uveitis. These volunteers included representatives of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and other ophthalmology subspecialty societies. The volunteers also represented a great diversity in gender, age, practice type, and geography.

Cataract
Cameron, J. Douglas, MD - Minneapolis, MN, ABO Board of Directors
Cioffi, George A., MD - New York, NY
Jackson, Mitchell A., MD - Lake Villa, IL
Khalifa, Yousuf M., MD - Smyrna, GA
Olsakovsky, Leslie A., MD - Charlottesville, VA

Comprehensive
Albanis, Chris V., MD - Merrionette Park, IL
Bailey, Jane A., MD - Iowa City, IA, ABO Board of Directors
Breit, Sean M., MD - Richmond Heights, MO
Shaw, Harold E., MD - Greenville, SC, ABO Board of Directors
Soni, Chetan R., MD - Springfield, MO

Core
Ayres, Brandon D., MD - Bala Cynwyd, PA
Chung, Sophia M., MD - St. Louis, MO, ABO Board of Directors
Collins, Megan E., MD - Madison, WI
Esmaili, Neda, MD - Mequon, WI
Gombos, Dan S., MD - Houston, TX
Heuer, Dale K., MD - Milwaukee, WI, ABO Board of Directors
Jonisch, Jonathan, MD - Great Neck, NY
Kikkawa, Don O., MD - La Jolla, CA, ABO Board of Directors
La Rosa, Francis A., MD - Richmond, VA
Lin, Amy, MD - Salt Lake City, UT
Salim, Sarwat, MD - Boston, MA
Scott, Adrienne W., MD - Baltimore, MD
Sen, H. Nida, MD - Bethesda, MD
Shetlar, Debra J., MD - Houston, TX, ABO Board of Directors
Ta, Christopher N., MD - Palo Alto, CA

Cornea
Baratz, Keith H., MD - Rochester, MN, ABO Board of Directors
Cortina, M. Soledad, MD - Chicago, IL
Goyal, Raj K., MD - Burr Ridge, IL
Huang, Andrew J.W., MD - St. Louis, MO
Johnson, Daniel A., MD - San Antonio, TX
Newton, Catherine, MD - Louisville, KY
Ta, Christopher N., MD - Palo Alto, CA

Glaucoma
Giangiacomo, Annette L., MD - Atlanta, GA
Heuer, Dale K., MD - Milwaukee, WI, ABO Board of Directors
Khandelwal, Sumitra, MD - Houston, TX
Mansberger, Steven L., MD - Portland, OR
Pasquale, Louis R., MD - Boston, MA

Neuro-Ophthalmology
Banik, Rudrani, MD - New York, NY
Chung, Sophia M., MD - St. Louis, MO, ABO Board of Directors
Kline, Lanning B., MD - Birmingham, AL, ABO Board of Directors
Lam, Byron L., MD - Miami, FL
Lee, Andrew G., MD - Houston, TX
Quiros, Peter A., MD - Venice, CA
Subramanian, Prem S., MD - Aurora, CO
Whittaker, Thomas J., MD - Prairie Village, KS

Oculoplastics
Chang, Holly, MD - Seattle, WA
Custer, Philip L., MD - St. Louis, MO, ABO Board of Directors
Kikkawa, Don O., MD - LaJolla, CA, ABO Board of Directors
Shetlar, Debra J., MD - Houston, TX, ABO Board of Directors

Pediatrics
Epley, David, MD - Woodinville, WA, ABO Board of Directors
Fredrick, Douglas R., MD - New York, NY
Johnson, Anthony P., MD - Greenville, SC
Paysse, Evelyn A., MD - Houston, TX
Rychwalski, Paul J., MD - Farmington, CT
Stevens, Julia L., MD - Lexington, KY, ABO Board of Directors
Yanovitch, Tammy L., MD - Oklahoma City, OK

Refractive Intervention
Bishop, Frank M., MD - San Diego, CA
Hausheer, Jean R., MD - Lawton, OK
Lin, Amy, MD - Salt Lake City, UT
McLeod, Stephen D., MD - San Francisco, CA, ABO Board of Directors
Munden, Paul M., MD - Prairie Village, KS
Shields, Steven M., MD - Chesterfield, MO
Thall, Edmond H., MD - Highland Heights, OH

Retina
Barr, Charles C., MD - Louisville, KY
Boldt, H. Culver, MD - Iowa City, IA, ABO Board of Directors
Chomsky, Amy S., MD - Nashville, TN
Clarkson, John G., MD - Miami, FL, ABO Executive Director
Kovach, Jaclyn L., MD - Naples, FL
Kurz, Daryl E., MD - Harrisonburg, VA
Sohn, Elliott H., MD - Iowa City, IA
Stout, J. Timothy, MD - Houston, TX

Uveitis
Cowan, Claude L., MD - Washington, DC, ABO Board of Directors
Dieckert, J. Paul, MD - Belton, TX
Lobo, Ann-Marie, MD - Chicago, IL
Rao, P. Kumar, MD - St. Louis, MO
Tabbara, Khalid F., MD - San Francisco, CA 

Providing Feedback

The American Board of Ophthalmology is committed to the continuous improvement of its assessment tools and processes for certification and Maintenance of Certification in the practice of ophthalmology. Suggested updates for the next iteration of these test blueprints may be sent to ContentOutline@abop.org. Comments must reference the specific section of the outline to which you are referring and provide a source/documentation for the content you are recommending. All comments will be directed to the appropriate review committee. General questions about the MOC process and examinations should be sent to moc@abop.org.