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April 1994

Provision: Preferred Responses in Ophthalmology

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(4):458. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090160034016

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has assembled a self-assessment program that is designed primarily for the general or comprehensive ophthalmologist. Residents should also find this material quite useful. The program consists of two volumes and a workbook. The first volume, Questions, contains approximately 50 multiple-choice questions under each of the following seven sections: "Glaucoma," "External Disease and Cornea," "Cataract," "Neuro-Ophthalmology," "Orbit and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery," "Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus," and "Retina and Vitreous."

Many of the questions are presented as case studies, together with photographs and diagnostic test results. The answers themselves are designed in such a way that even the incorrect responses usually are instructive. The sections on neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology present problems not regularly seen by the comprehensive ophthalmologist in everyday practice, but with which they should be familiar.

The second volume, Discussions, duplicates each question presented in volume 1 and

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