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6/16/16

Effective for 7/2016 exam: ABO EXAM FORMAT CHANGE!  From the ABO website, the outline and the areas of emphasis have changed as follows:

"All candidates take the 160-question general practice core examination. Four hours are allotted for this section. 140 of the 160 questions are scored items; 20 of the questions are unscored, trial (or pilot) items. Candidates will not know which items are scored and which are not. The use of trial items is a psychometrically-sound practice that improves the validity and reliability of the examination.

Candidates also select one Area of Emphasis (AOE): Additional General Practice, Ocular Disease, or Contact Lenses. The AOE section is comprised of 60 questions (50 questions are scored, 10 questions are non-scored trial items), and 1.5 hours are allotted for this section."

5-15-14 

The KMK textbook and online material has been updated to review all the information on the outline for the NBEO Continued Professional Development in Optometry (CPDO) exam. You can find more about the NBEO Board Certification exam at http://www.optometry.org/nbeo-bc/index.cfm.

1-7-13:

The ABO posted: "We are pleased to announce that our board certification program has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for a five-year period."

12-27-12:  From e-mail sent out by the ABO 12-11-12:

"2012 ABO Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Requirement Due December 31, 2012

The American Board of Optometry is pleased to offer a new Self-Assessment Module (SAM) on Gonioscopy for 2012.  This is a reminder that it is mandatory to complete a SAM by December 31, 2012, in order to successfully complete your 2012 MOC requirements.  While the 100 points of education may be completed anytime during your three-year stage, one module (SAM or PPM) must be completed each calendar year.  If you do not complete a SAM by December 31, we will no longer be able to verify you as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.  Unfortunately there are no exceptions. "

please see abopt.org for more details.  Remember, KMK is not responsible for maintanence of points or eligibility. We simply are passing on the information we have received.

8-19-2012:   From the ABO Website: American Board of Optometry Wins Lawsuit
"August 3, 2012: Yesterday, the Honorable Judge A. Howard Matz ruled in favor of the American Board of Optometry (ABO) in the false advertising lawsuit brought by the American Optometric Society (AOS). The AOS had alleged that the ABO’s use of the term “board certification” was confusing to the public. The Court disagreed. The Court entered its ruling at the close of the plaintiff’s case; therefore the ABO wasnot even required to put on a defense."

7-30-12: Due to the great feedback and large number of doctors who took advantage of our referral program, we have decided to continue the program beyond our original 7-31-12 expiration.  Take advantage now.  Details are below under the 4-8-12 update.

6-22-12: We have a BIG announcement to make!  KMK Board Certification now officially offers COPE-approved continuing education credits for our on-line program!  There are 17 hours available.  You are eligible for these credits whether you took the live program or the on-line program only.  To find out more details, look under the "members" tab and then click on "on-line CE".  Take advantage of this opportunity to earn more CE credits which can count towards your 150 points needed to be board eligible or you could use them for your maintenance of certification after you have passed the test.

4-8-12: NEW REFERRAL PROGRAM- EARN UP TO $100! If you are a KMK customer, you can now take advantage of our exciting referral program and earn money as our way of saying thank you.  If you refer a new customer for either a KMK (ABO) live course or a KMK (ABO) on-line course, you will receive a check for $50 as a thank you from KMK! 

Here's how it works.  First, the doctor you refer signs up for a KMK live or online board certification (ABO) review course.  During the checkout / registration process, the referred doctor MUST enter your name (must be a past customer) under the order notes or the "referred by" box during checkout / registration.  Next, we contact you to confirm your address and then issue you a check for $50.  It's that simple.

There is a limit of two referral credits per customer, so you can earn up to $100 by referring friends! Please note that this is only applicable to new orders, so unfortunately, we cannot honor retroactive referrals. This offer expires 7-31-2012, so please feel free to take advantage of this opportunity soon!

3-11-12: The ABO has opened up registration for the July examination.  Also, we have added an additional KMK spring course in St. Louis, MO from May 5-6 in conjunction with the North Central States Optometric Council. 

2-4-12: We recently extended our on-line access to all of our new orders to 1 full year!  We also recently posted our first two live courses for the summer: Salus University on April 20-22 and UH/TOA on April 14-15.  Also, the results from the December 2011 have been sent out by the ABO.  Congratulations to those new ABO board certified optometrists!

12-7-11: The American Board of Optometry (ABO) has announced the
timetable for the expiration of the Phase-In Rules of the ABO’s Board Certification process.
As directed by the profession, the American Board of Optometry began the process for
optometric board certification with modified qualification rules of a 3-Year Phase-In Period.

9-2011:The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the American Board of Optometry (ABO) has qualified for purposes of the 2011 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program Incentive. The ABO successfully completed the vetting process to ensure that the ABO MOC program meets the requirements for participation in this incentive.
In this program, physicians will have the opportunity to earn the PQRS incentive, and an
additional incentive of 0.5%, by participating in additional activities of a qualified MOC program
including a practice assessment module.

8-17-11: The ABO announced they send out the board scores for the June 2011 examination yesterday.  They should arrive shortly!

8-7-11: The ABO announced about 500 optometrists took the first examination.  Over 1500 optometrists have signed up to become board eligible.

8-1-11: The ABO is expected to release the results of the first board certification examination in late August.

7-13-11: The first ABO test was given at the beginning of June, 2011.  The next ABO test will be given November 28- December 11th, 2011.  Check out the ABO website for details:   

www.abopt.org    Their website also includes an exam tutorial, details exam outline, and  exam overview.

KMK is in the midst of finalizing our courses for the fall.  Our plans, thus far, include courses at or near the following cities and/or states:

  • Elkins Park, PA
  • Fullerton, CA
  • Butte, Montana
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dallas, TX
  • Jackson, Mississippi

We hope to be adding more, as well.  Please check back shortly for more details.

 

 

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