ABCMO – Fall 2021 Updates
1) First and foremost, the Board would like to welcome all those newly certified in the Specialty of Medical Optometry: Stephanie Carter, Scott DePoe, Adam Fannin, Lisa Himmelein, Meaghan Horton, William Kress, Kathy Lewis, Ethan Leyda, Michael Meyer, Hannah Sipola, Danielle Taylor, and Betty Wang.
If you work with any of these people please greet them with the secret ABCMO handshake (we’re just kidding, there is no handshake, but please say hello).
2) ABCMO would like to introduce Douglas Rett, O.D., FAAO as the newest member of our Board. Doug is the Chief of Optometry for VA Boston, and a clinical faculty member at four different optometry schools.
Full bio here -> https://abcmo.org/board-of-directors/douglas-rett/
3) The Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program is in full operation and all ABCMO certified ODs are expected to sign up and submit all required information when renewing their state license to practice.
Quite simply, ABCMO has dropped the requirement that you re-take the NBEO ACMO exam every 10 years and replaced that with the requirement that you fill all remaining/extra State Required CE Credit hours with courses in Medical Optometry. This information along with a Self-Query of the National Practitioners Databank can then be submitted online every year or every other year (depending on your state license renewal cycle).
Enrollment in the MOC Program is a requirement for continued certification and Verification of Certification (VOC)
4) If you are curious about the early days of the Department of Veterans Affairs Optometry Service or would like to see a picture of our President, Dr. Kenneth Myers, the first Director of VA Optometry Service, please click the link below.
As a profession, Optometry is constantly evolving. We commend all of you certified in the Specialty of Medical Optometry for being part of this evolution and for helping lead our profession forward.