• American Board of Ophthalmology
    Comprehensive Ophthalmology

    The American Board of Ophthalmology announced last week that 97.44% of 976 diplomates who took the 2014 Demonstration of Ophthalmic Cognitive Knowledge (DOCK) Examination passed the 150-item, multiple-choice test. The exam is one of four main components of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process.

    The DOCK assesses whether diplomates seeking recertification possess essential, current, and clinically relevant practice knowledge as identified in the ABO MOC Content Outline. Based on exam performance, the Board determines whether diplomates have or have not met the standard for cognitive expertise, and reports results as pass or fail.

    In 2014, 951 (97.44%) candidates passed and 25 failed (2.56%). Of 967 candidates taking the examination for the first time, 945 (97.72%) passed; while 6 of 9 candidates repeating the examination passed (66.67%).

    Diplomate performance on the 2014 DOCK is consistent with historical ranges. Since its first administration in 2006, overall DOCK pass rates have ranged from 96.49% to 99.98%. Annual results and statistics are published on the ABO website, abop.org.