ABO to Replace 10-Year Recertification Exam and MOC : Press Release

St. Louis, MO., June 28, 2018 ― The American Board of Optometry (ABO) announced the new CAP program, which will replace ABO’s current MOC program and 10-year recertification exam, at Optometry’s Meeting held in Denver, Colorado, June 20 – 24, 2018.

“Beginning in 2019, Diplomates will be able to maintain their board certification without the stress and expense of a high stakes exam every 10 years,” said Dr. James Vaught, ABO’s Executive Director. “And at the same time, they can still be confident that they are keeping up with advancements in the profession while maintaining their commitment to continuous learning and excellent patient care. Leading ABMS boards are also moving in this direction, which is supported by contemporary adult learning theory.”

CAP will incorporate the current requirements of 100 hours of CE and completion of 2 self-assessment modules (SAMs) during each 3-year cycle, as well as a series of smaller, 25-question mini-assessments taken 3 times per year for a total of 9 assessments over a 3-year cycle. Diplomates conveniently access the assessments on a home or office computer, tablet or mobile device at any time during the 4 months each assessment is available. Each assessment will cover a specific topic area, with emphasis on advancements within the profession and updates in clinical practice guidelines. Ample time will be allotted to each question to allow outside resources to be consulted, and Diplomates may choose to answer the questions in a single session or over multiple sessions. Diplomates will also have the option to skip or drop 2 assessments during each 3-year cycle.

“Our goal is to make board certification a more meaningful, convenient, flexible and less costly program,” said Vaught. “This new CAP structure focuses on assessment for knowledge rather than assessment of knowledge, by utilizing shorter, more frequent assessments with spaced repetition and immediate feedback to improve learning and retention.”

About the American Board of Optometry (ABO)

The American Board of Optometry was founded in 2009 by the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, American Optometric Student Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry. For more information, please visit www.americanboardofoptometry.org.


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