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ABOP Celebrates 100 Years

ABOP Celebrates 100 Years

The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABOP) will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2016 with a year of special activities and events.

Founded in 1916, ABOP was the nation’s first medical specialty certifying board. Pioneers in the development of a system of physician self-regulation, ophthalmologists from around the country came together to develop consistent educational, training, and practice standards that could be measured through a competency-based assessment program. In the decades that followed, ABOP’s success in improving the quality of patient care in ophthalmology inspired other medical specialties to develop similar boards and led to the creation of a national system of specialty boards, now known as ABMS. 

In recognition of reaching this 100-year milestone and ABOP’s continued mission to improve the quality of patient care in ophthalmology, ABOP modified its logo for 2016, adding the tagline “Advancing Excellence in Eye Care – 100 Years of Public Service.”

In February, ABOP launched a centennial website featuring a timeline of key events in the history of the organization. Videos on the site feature current and former directors reflecting on how Board Certification has evolved and how it will remain relevant in the future.

Later this month, ABOP will distribute a tool kit to all diplomates who participate in its Program for Maintenance of Certification. The kit will include a centennial pin and patient-focused materials concerning the importance of Board Certification, including a waiting room poster, patient fact sheet, and customizable templates for press releases and patient letters.

On March 12, ABOP will host a one-day symposium in San Francisco. The first part of the program will involve a series of panels composed of ABOP directors and diplomates discussing the history and evolution of the organization. Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer, will discuss the future of Board Certification and serve on a panel addressing the role of public directors in the certification process. The second part of the program will feature presentations about building a culture of patient safety in ophthalmology. A national leader in the fields of patient safety and health care quality, Robert M. Wachter, MD, will serve as keynote speaker. The symposium will be webcast live to ABOP diplomates and later posted on the ABOP website.

In the fall, ABOP will sponsor a supplement in Ophthalmology featuring papers from the symposium. The supplement will include an editorial from ABOP Executive Director and CEO John G. Clarkson, MD, who also serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the ABMS Board of Directors and Chair of the ABMS Finance and Audit Committee.