1. Application: May 2022 – January 1, 2023

All applications received by January 1, 2023 will be reviewed for completeness. If an application is incomplete the applicant will be notified and provided a two-week period to submit the requested information. All completed applications will be reviewed periodically by the ABO Credentials Committee. During this review, applicants may be asked to provide additional information. Approval or denial of an application by the ABO is final and not subject to appeal. If an application is approved, the applicant cannot refer to himself/herself as Board-Eligible.

Approved applicants will be provided with an approval letter and instructions for completing the additional requirements (described in “E” and “F” of Program Requirements).

2. Additional Requirements for Approved Applicants: Must be completed prior to the next available Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) registration deadline.

Approved applicants must complete the Practice-Based Learning and Improvement and Systems-Based Practice “E” and “F”, as listed in Program Requirements, prior to the next available Written Qualifying Examination (WQE) registration deadline.

3. Final Approval

Applicants who successfully complete the application and additional requirements will be sent information to register for the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE). Candidates who successfully complete the WQE and the Oral Examination will become Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology. A 10 year, time-limited certificate will be provided, and individuals will need to participate in the Continuing Certification process to maintain their certification. Diplomates who obtain ABO Certification via the ITO pathway will be publicly identified as ABO-certified in the same manner as all ABO diplomates.