The Power of Certification

There are few more powerful relationships than the one a patient builds with a physician—a relationship that begins with an act of trust. Patients trust their doctors to deliver the best possible care based on their knowledge, skills, and experience. And when a doctor hangs an American Board of Ophthalmology certificate on the wall, it assures patients that their vision rests in the hands of a highly trained and rigorously tested eye care specialist.

Because board certification goes above and beyond the minimum standard for practice, it is a visible commitment to excellence. Board-certified ophthalmologists voluntarily meet additional quality standards and stay up-to-date with the latest advances in medicine and patient care.

But certification doesn’t only serve patients:

  • Doctors who maintain their certification can improve their knowledge and skills, and learn to change their practice patterns to produce better patient outcomes using the Board’s tools and resources for solo or group practice, and even across multiple specialty areas at the institution level.
  • Board certification is the trusted credential used by hospitals, healthcare networks, and other employers around the country to assess specialty expertise
  • Certification is often recognized by third-party payors as an indicator of physician quality
  • Maintenance of Certification (MOC) quality improvement activities can be used to meet the government’s PQRS reporting requirements, eliminating the need for physicians to duplicate projects or reporting efforts
  • Patients searching for a new eye care provider can access the names and certification status of more than 16,000 certified ophthalmologists
  • Board certified ophthalmologists who are also members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology can earn the elevated title of Academy “Fellow”
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits earned while maintaining certification can be used to meet state licensure requirements, or earn special recognition from the American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Some states allow board certified doctors to replace the general medical re-licensure examination with the specialty and practice area-specific MOC examination so they can be tested only on what they truly practice.