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  • What is Continuing Certification and Who Determines the Requirements?

    The Continuing Certification program (formerly Maintenance of Certification) for ophthalmology was developed by ophthalmologists for ophthalmologists as part of a system of physician professional self-regulation. Specific activities are created and administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and its teams of ophthalmic subject matter experts to meet standards established by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for continuing certification programs.

    The ABO is a separate entity from the Academy and is an independent, nonprofit organization responsible for certifying ophthalmologists (eye physicians and surgeons). The American Academy of Ophthalmology is a membership organization and does not have purview over certification requirements or processes. 

    Visit the ABO’s Getting Started page for details about the Continuing Certification process and requirements.

    If you have questions about your individual certification requirements please contact the ABO or review the ABO’s FAQs for Continuing Certification.

    How to Contact the American Board of Ophthalmology

    For additional updates and information from the ABO, visit

    What Does the Academy Offer to Support Me with Continuing Certification?

    Some members may wish to practice or study for the ABO’s Quarterly Questions program, which is a learning activity and an Continuing Certification assessment tool administered by the ABO.

    The following activities may be helpful preparation for Quarterly Questions, obtaining self-assessment CME credit, and for tracking CME:

    CME for Continuing Certification Participation

    Physicians may be able to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ directly from the AMA for learning that occurs as a result of ABMS member board certification or recertification. Contact the AMA for a direct credit application and submit all required documentation to the AMA.