Practicing ophthalmologists up for recertification, who were Board certified on July 1, 1992 or later, are required by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) to pass the Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) examination every 10 years in order to remain certified.
The ABO's DOCK examination consists of three sections of 50 questions each (150 questions total):
- Core Ophthalmic Knowledge (50 questions): Considered fundamental knowledge for any practicing ophthalmologist. All ophthalmologists required to take the DOCK examination must be tested in Core.
- You will be tested in up to two practice emphasis areas (i.e., subspecialties) of your choice. For example, if you have a practice emphasis in Retina and an interest in Uveitis, you could choose Retina and Uveitis and be tested on 50 questions in both areas.
- You can select one practice emphasis area (other than Refractive Management or Uveitis) twice. For example, if you select Retina as your sole practice emphasis area, you will have a total of 100 questions in Retina.
Download the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum (POC)
User download agreement: The POC was developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is under copyright. Users may download the POC for personal use only and agree not to copy, distribute, license or sell any part of the POC.
The POC is being updated for 2017-2019; updated PDFs will be posted soon.
- Core Ophthalmic Knowledge
- Comprehensive Ophthalmology
- Cataract/Anterior Segment
- Cornea/External Disease
- Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus
- Refractive Management/Intervention
Note: The POC includes text only. Images and self-assessment questions, along with the POC, are included in the Practicing Ophthalmologists Learning System, which is a comprehensive online lifelong learning program that provides a clinically relevant review of topics across all practice emphasis areas (PEAs) in ophthalmology. This system includes opportunities for earning CME credits as well as clinical content not included in the POC. When preparing for MOC examinations, users may filter the content to focus on the POC.