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Webinar: Join the Quarterly Questions Development Team

Where do American Board of Ophthalmology assessment questions come from? Hundreds of diplomates volunteer their time and expertise each year to generate content for initial certification and recertification exams.

Beginning today, you're invited to join the item development team by contributing fresh content for the new Quarterly Questions pilot. Your challenge is to write seven questions according to the standards and instructions provided. Are you ready?

To get started, watch this 30-minute pre-recorded webinar for a primer on the art and science of writing questions. This video, led by Board Psychometrician Sarah Schnabel, B.S., M.Ed, will review information on how exams are developed, explain how to read and interpret the content outline, and demonstrate how to author questions that meet psychometric guidelines. In the concluding minutes of the webinar, you'll receive instructions on how to access and navigate the ABO Exam Development website to submit seven questions in general ophthalmology or your subspecialty area.

You can also refer to this Item Writer FAQ sheet and the Quarterly Questions Item Development Handbook for assistance. *Please note: if you are involved in AAO Item Writing Activities, please consult your Academy contributor agreement or seek AAO input to determine whether your participation in Board item writing tasks is permitted.

If you submit a total of four or more questions that are accepted for the pilot, you'll earn an invitation to our live Item Writer Boot Camp to be held in Chicago in June. Content submissions will be accepted through March 15th.

For questions, contact Dan Pastorius, Exam Development Coordinator for Written Examinations, at

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