Last October, I left the American Board of Ophthalmology Oral Examination in San Francisco and flew to Los Angeles to visit my son, who had just moved across the country. The night I arrived, we walked out of his apartment and noticed a group of people standing in the street, staring up into the sky. We looked up and saw something that resembled Daenerys Targaryen's dragons flying overhead. With Hollywood nearby, I figured it was some kind of special effect for a movie produc
Our ability to accurately self-assess is based on many factors, among them, our likelihood to employ cognitive biases. The most significant of those biases is overconfidence. And while having tremendous confidence in our abilities as professionals is crucial, an imbalance between confidence and competence can skew the way we view our own performance. The Dunning-Kruger Effect You may have heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which helps to explain therelationship between confi
Joel Schuman, MD, a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology, has been named to the newly formed Stakeholder Council of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). ABMS is the umbrella organization for the 24 medical specialty certification boards in the United States. As an advisory body, the ABMS Stakeholder Council will represent the interests of physicians, patients, and the public. It was established in 2018 to ensure that the decisions of the ABMS Board of
On Tuesday, August 21, American Board of Ophthalmology Chief Executive Officer George B. Bartley, MD, met with diplomates and future Oral Examination candidates in Phoenix, Arizona to discuss ways to improve the Oral Examination for initial certification. Participants toured several potential suite-based examination room layouts and offered their thoughts on ways the ABO could enhance the examination experience. From furniture configurations to table size and room lighting, a
A recent American Academy of Ophthalmology Advisory Recommendation requested that the American Board of Ophthalmology modify its public reporting to include the dates of initial ABO certification in addition to whether a diplomate is participating in Maintenance of Certification. Actually, the ABO has been reporting such information for several years with the goal of helping patients make informed decisions when choosing a doctor. Reporting Certification Status: How it Works
In early May, diplomates in Orlando and Tampa, Florida joined representatives from the ABO to discuss opportunities for the future of the Quarterly Questions program. The ABO thanks our colleagues for their willingness to tell us what’s working—and what still needs work—in our newest assessment program and the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program overall: Jonathan Adler, M.D. Jasmina Bajric, M.D. Lisa Chriss, M.D. Matthew Cunningham, M.D. Payman Haft, M.D Robert Howard,
UPDATE: Couldn't join us for the discussion? Download the slide presentation. Join American Board of Ophthalmology Directors at the 2017 American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting in New Orleans for an informational session in the Learning Lounge. "Beyond MOC: The Future of ABO Certification" will be held Monday, November 13th from 3:30-4:30 PM in Learning Lounge 1, Hall G, Booth 3847. The discussion will be led by ABO Directors Jane Bailey, M.D., Andy Lauer, M.D.
Are you interested in participating in an online usability study of the American Board of Ophthalmology’s website? This remote study can be performed online in approximately 10-15 minutes. Your participation will inform and guide the redesign of abop.org by offering insights into how users think about the web content, how they perceive pieces of content to relate to each other, and what labels they use to describe categories of content. What will I be doing in the study?
All American Board of Ophthalmology diplomates have been sent a pin and postcard in the mail as pictured here. Please check for yours this week! If you did not receive it, contact the Board Office at 610-664-1175 so that a staff member can confirm your address and send another one to you. The pin is one small way we're working to increase the recognition you receive from your peers and patients for being board certified. Upload your photo wearing your pin, and we'll feature i
Last June, the American Board of Ophthalmology announced its commitment to transition Maintenance of Certification (MOC) to a program of continuous certification focused on recognizing professional achievements that are more closely linked to the needs of our patients and the diplomate community. Today, I’m pleased to describe three important developments that move us closer to this goal. Effective immediately, Periodic Ophthalmic Review Tests (PORTs) are no longer required a
This month, we’re asking diplomates to help us improve the ABO website—specifically, the features and functions of your Status Page on abop.org. Click the link below to take a brief survey about your experiences on the ABO website: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3333398/Website-Satisfaction-Survey Last month, we asked you about the professional achievement of board certification and heard from 275 diplomates. Though a majority (66%) of respondents viewed the ABO certificate as
Click the link below to participate in a short 5-question survey on professional achievement. The survey will take 1-2 minutes to complete and is completely confidential. Your responses will help improve board certification in ophthalmology. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3284757/Professional-Achievement-Survey #codesign #collaboration #feedback #survey
Are you attending the 2017 AUPO Annual Meeting in San Diego? If so, please join us Friday, January 27 at 6:45 AM for a Breakfast with Colleagues Roundtable Session on Board Certification. American Board of Ophthalmology Chief Executive Officer George Bartley, M.D., and 2017 Board Chair Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., will host. The one-hour roundtable is designed to be an informal discussion where diplomates can share their ideas, interests, and suggestions for designing the certifi
An exploratory pilot program for knowledge assessment, Quarterly Questions is exactly what it sounds like--questions delivered via computer, tablet, or mobile device on a quarterly basis. Officially launching in April 2017, the ABO-administered exam alternative pilot will consist of 20 questions delivered in Q2, 20 questions in Q3, and 10 questions in Q4 based on self-selected articles from ophthalmology's leading journals. Content will be based on the most important things o
I am ecstatic and honored to become a Diplomate in the year of the American Board of Ophthalmology's 100th anniversary. As a second-generation ophthalmologist, I am committed to continuously improving the quality of patient care in this dynamic field of medicine. The American Board of Ophthalmology's tagline "Advancing Excellence in Eye Care" reflects my mission of providing high quality care aligned with the core competency building blocks. Professional achievement and Board
Thank you to the following diplomates (and to all those who did not enter their names) for completing the Job Analysis Survey. Please check your email (and possibly your junk mail folder) to retrieve your Starbucks e-card notification. The Job Analysis Survey is being conducted to update the knowledge standards used to assess board certified ophthalmologists. This survey is the first of many Co-Design activities in which diplomate input will be used to develop the certificati
The ABO invites you to complete the following surveys to update the knowledge standards used to assess board certified ophthalmologists. These surveys are the first of many planned Co-Design Activities in which your input will be used to construct the certification program of the future. From a best practices standpoint, conducting a Job Analysis Survey helps the Board to validate the importance, criticality, and relevance of core and subspecialty ophthalmic knowledge areas.
In 2017, you'll hear a lot about "Co-Design." An initiative that reflects the Board's commitment to community and collaboration in board certification, Co-Design will provide a range of opportunities for diplomates to shape the future of certification programs and processes. Co-Design is an approach to change that involves all stakeholders as partners--not just participants--to ensure the end result meets their needs. Co-Design programs have been used successfully in a number