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ABO Adds Health Care Equity Content to 2021 Reading List

The 2021 edition of the Quarterly Questions article reading list includes a new section featuring content on equity in health care. Three recent journal offerings invite participants to learn more about vision health inequities linked to race, ethnicity, education, and economic status, and explore initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion within the profession:

  • Mike EV, Laroche D. Preserving Vision in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Focus on Health Equity. Clin Ophthalmol. 2020 Jul 22;14:2073-2077.

  • Olivier MMG, Forster S, Carter KD, Cruz OA, Lee PP. Lighting a Pathway: The Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program. Ophthalmology. 2020 Jul;127(7):848-851.

  • Zhang X, Cotch MF, Ryskulova A, Primo SA, Nair P, Chou CF, Geiss LS, Barker LE, Elliott AF, Crews JE, Saaddine JB. Vision health disparities in the United States by race/ethnicity, education, and economic status: findings from two nationally representative surveys. Am J Ophthalmol. 2012 Dec;154(6 Suppl):S53-62.e1.

Please note that Quarterly Questions participants should access the full-text versions of these articles from the links within the Quarterly Questions platform.

Featured alongside 48 other timely articles about patient safety, ethics, quality improvement, and subspecialty topics, one or more of the three health care equity articles may be selected as part of the five total articles Quarterly Questions participants must complete annually.

In a statement issued in 2020, the American Board of Ophthalmology solidified its commitment to safety, equity, opportunity, and freedom for all people, from eye care patients to peer physicians. The ABO pledged to continue to support the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Minority Mentoring Program; increase the diversity of Board volunteers, examiners, and directors; and create opportunities within its lifelong learning and assessment program to address disparities in eye care and improve the health of minorities.


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