The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) has a 69-year heritage steeped in both tradition and innovation. The first of 23 American medical specialty boards, the ABO has continued—though sometimes in fits and starts—to refine, revise, and supplement the components of its broad mission: improving the quality of ophthalmologic practice through elevation of national educational standards. Some of those components are (1) the determination of eligibility of candidates who seek board certification, (2) the conduction of comprehensive, fair examinations of those eligible candidates, and (3) the issuance of certificates to those who meet the ABO requirements and satisfactorily complete its examinations.
A personal view of the past eight years, during which I served as a director of the ABO and spent one year as its chairman, seems appropriate, if for no other reason than to highlight the changes (improvements, we hope) that the ABO has instituted over this time span. The
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