The Oral Examination is the second of two evaluations in the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) certification process. Upon successful completion of the Written Qualifying Examination (WQE), candidates are eligible for the Oral Examination. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel and in-person meetings, the ABO will administer the Oral Examination virtually again in 2021. The virtual Oral Examination, hereinto referred to as the Oral Examination, will preserve the original case-based format of the face-to-face oral examination but will be administered online.

The Oral Examination is a timed evaluation in which candidates are presented with a series of Patient Management Problems (PMPs) and asked to identify how they would care for each patient. The entire assessment takes approximately four hours to complete and is divided into three exam appointments focused on two specific topic areas (six total topics).

Note: These policies are subject to change without notice at the discretion of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

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