ABCMO – The Next 10 Years
Important Changes for 2021 and Beyond
In the last ten years the number of optometrists certified by ABCMO has grown steadily from just a few dozen to over 450 as of today. This has been very exciting and we want to thank all of you for helping us build an organization that represents the best, most highly trained specialists in Medical Optometry.
As we look forward to the next ten years the Board has decided to make several important changes. These changes are designed to keep the value of your ABCMO Certification as high as possible while responding to trends in both Optometry and Medicine.
1. The requirement of re-passage of the NBEO’s ACMO examination every 10 years for maintenance of certification has been discontinued. Instead, all certificate holders, regardless of the year of original certificate issuance, will be required to enroll in the following program:
2. The ABCMO Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program will require participants to fill all state required Continuing Education (CE) hours, not otherwise specified or required by their state, with COPE accredited hours in subjects relevant to medical optometry. The fee is $45/year (or $90 for biennial state renewals). Enrollment begins in January 2021 or January 2022 depending on your state license renewal date. Additional requirements along with an online signup form can be found below.
3. Verification of Certification (VOC), requested by credentialing offices can now be done online too. In order to prevent delays in verifying your certification with ABCMO make sure you sign up for the Maintenance of Certification program listed above and provide all the required information.
We expect the changes outlined above, in combination, best prepare us all for the next 10 years.