Effective 03/2019

The Board Eligibility Policy requires successful completion of American Board of Ophthalmology certification requirements (written examination and oral examination) within seven (7) years of residency graduation. This policy applies to all candidates for board certification. This policy revision extends eligibility by two (2) years and eliminates a re-entry process following the seven-year Board Eligibility period.

During the seven-year Board Eligibility period, a candidate may refer to himself/herself as “Board Eligible” and may:

  • Sit for the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) each time it is offered until successful;
  • Sit for the Oral Examination, after successful completion of the WQE.
    _Note: If a candidate fails to register by the deadline for an examination that is scheduled in the final year of his/her Board Eligibility period, s/he is no longer considered Board Eligible following the registration deadline date. _

A candidate who does not qualify for board certification within the Board Eligibility period described above may continue to pursue certification, however s/he will not be considered “Board Eligible” by the American Board of Ophthalmology or the American Board of Medical Specialties and should not represent himself/herself in this manner.

Once a candidate’s seven-year Board Eligibility period ends, fees for the WQE and oral become nonrefundable, regardless of the reason, for any cancellations received after the exam registration deadline.