Ophthalmology Board Certification – Eligibility Highlights

Ophthalmology Board CertificationSuccessful candidates who complete the ophthalmology board certification exam from the Board of Certification in Ophthalmology (BCO) have demonstrated that they possess the core knowledge and experience to provide the best possible care in ophthalmology. While the BCO has its own set of eligibility requirements, each Member Board of the American Board of Physician Specialties (ABPS) abides by the same set of general eligibility requirements. These include:

  • Agreeing to conform to the ABPS Medical Code of Ethics
  • Graduation from a recognized college of medicine
  • Ownership of a valid, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state, or states, where the applicant practices diagnostic radiology
  • Three current, original letters of recommendation from physicians in the applicant’s community or specialty written on letterhead and including a phone number of the author
  • Submission of a self-query in the National Practitioner Data Bank, with the sealed report in an unopened envelope
  • Submission to a background check

Highlights of the BCO’s specific eligibility requirements include completion of an AOA-accredited Osteopathic residency or an ACGME-accredited residency in Ophthalmology, as well as submission of a documented summary of a minimum of twenty (20) surgical cases in which the applicant had the lead management role. Case reports must be no older than twelve (12) months from the date the candidate’s application for certification is received by ABPS.

To learn more about the details of the BCO’s specific eligibility requirements, contact the ABPS today. The ABPS is the official board certifying body of the American Association of Physician Specialists, Inc.

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Personal challenge and motivation compelled me to pass my ABPS board exam. Measurement and confirmation of my own knowledge base reinforced my self-confidence. The ABPS, with its history of inclusivity, has allowed me to have a voice in the organization, while permitting me to impact overall national patient safety and care through certification. Participation in exam development afforded me the opportunity to witness the rigorousness of the exam process and psychometrically sound product, while developing meaningful collegiality, professional life enrichment, and warding off burn out.

Elizabeth Maxwell-Schmidt MD, FAAEP, FACEP
Emergency Medicine
Board certification through the American Board of Physician Specialties has served to substantiate my interest and additional training in several fields of medicine including Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, and Administrative Medicine. As a result, I have been able to serve my community in clinical, disaster response, and administrative medicine roles. Through the ABPS, I have become recognized as a leader in my various fields of interest.

Spencer Price MD, MPH, MBA
Internal Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Administrative Medicine
BCEM certification through ABPS has provided me with many opportunities. It has helped me demonstrate that I have special experience and expertise in Emergency Medicine beyond that obtained through my family medicine training. BCEM certification firmly established me as an emergency medicine specialist once I started working in emergency medicine full time. ABPS has also helped me network with other family physicians with a passion for improving rural and underserved emergency medicine practice.

Alex Beuning, MD, FAAEP
Emergency Medicine