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If you are not familiar with the new Ophthalmic News & Education Network (O.N.E.) then you are missing out on a fantastic FREE resource. After years of discussion about what members truly wanted and needed in an education resource center, the Academy has delivered a customized clinical education source that provides all of the functionality, targeted information and cutting-edge search technology any ophthalmologist could hope for.

O.N.E has a wide variety of exciting benefits, including maintenance of certification, targeted clinical search capability, free self-assessments, targeted learning plans, practice guidelines and your own personalized O.N.E. homepage.

Maintenance of Certification
One of the most powerful tools O.N.E. provides is the ability to track your CME credits online. Not only will you know what you need to meet the American Board of Ophthalmology’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements, but when you need them.

Plus, the Academy MOC Essentials® gives you comprehensive exam preparation tools and all the information you need to meet the requirements.

Targeted Clinical Search Capability
All content across the O.N.E. network supports cutting-edge technology to ensure that you can quickly get the clinical information you need at the touch of a mouse. Search engine content includes trusted Academy resources, such as the Basic and Clinical Science Course, as well extensive Academy literature banks.

You can even search third-party material, including Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Survey of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Clinics of North America, British Journal of Ophthalmology, and, coming soon, the Wills Eye Manual. You can also conduct Google and PubMed searches right from the O.N.E. network.

Free Self-Assessments
Test your knowledge with free self-assessment questions, providing real-time answers and an evaluation of your performance as compared to that of your peers. Developed by experts, this collection of self-assessment tests provides an effective, easy way to measure your clinical knowledge.

You can test yourself in nine subspecialty areas:

  • Cataract/Anterior Segment
  • Cornea/External Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology/Orbit
  • Oculoplastics/Orbit
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
  • Refractive Management/Intervention
  • Retina/Vitreous
  • Uveitis

You can take each multiple choice, 10-question test as many times as you wish. If you have answered any question incorrectly, the O.N.E. self-assessment tool will not only tell you which question was incorrect and why. It will also suggest relevant content that can help you polish up on your expertise in that specific area.

Targeted Learning Plans
O.N.E. allows you to enrich your clinical expertise with more than 50 free courses, cases, videos, and podcasts. You can then choose which tasks you want to add to your own customized online learning plan and assign a completion date. The O.N.E. network will then send you an automated reminder, as well as a list of additional suggested content for you to review.

Practice Guidelines
Thanks to O.N.E., you don’t have to worry about staying up-to-date on the latest practice guidelines. The network allows you to search practice guidelines based on clinical evidence and expert consensus on a variety of diseases. This is a great way to improve quality of care by decreasing inappropriate variation and expediting medical advances into every day practice.

Create Your Own Personalized O.N.E. Homepage
You can take advantage of everything O.N.E. has to offer and keep it one convenient, personalized O.N.E. homepage. This gives you quick access to the latest developments in ophthalmology, as well as your subspecialty. You can review and store newsletters, clinical updates, alerts and breaking news. Plus, you can use the MOC/CME dashboard to track your completed CME hours, and even create a “favorites” section to house quick links to individual site pages.

Resident Education Center
The Resident Education Center (REC) is the only part of the O.N.E. network that is not free. It is a password-protected site designed specifically for ophthalmology residency programs, and is overseen by Tara Uhler, MD, the residency program director at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia.

The goal of the REC is to create a more even playing field within ophthalmology education by offering a whole host of common resources to bring up the general ability levels of all programs across the country. To this end, the REC offers online modules that can be scored and stored online. It also has a compendium of assessment tools used by programs around the country that can be shared and accessed by all participating ophthalmology residency programs.

Additionally, there is a program director (PD) forum so directors can meet online to discuss best practices. Plus, there’s a program director manual written by well-established program directors to help newer PDs get up to speed more quickly.

Finally, in addition to accessing all Academy content, the REC also allows you to search EyeMovies (licensed by the Academy), which are real-time movies of a variety of eye surgeries. One great feature of the EyeMovies is a list of questions developed by a task force to quiz residents on the movies themselves.

What are you waiting for? Take a tour of the O.N.E. and start making it your own. For more information, check out these additional features from YO Info:

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About the author: Karl Golnik, MD, is the editor-in-chief of O.N.E. He is a professor in the departments of ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Eye Institute, where he is also vice-chairman and residency program director of the Department of Ophthalmology.