Certification is Just the Beginning

On our journey to become ophthalmologists, we encounter milestones that celebrate how far we’ve come and help us map the path from medical school through residency to certification. Once we’ve entered practice, however, it becomes more difficult to identify the next step in our development as professionals. We get busy. We get burned out. We hone in on our strengths as practitioners and surgeons, and in doing so, we develop blind spots to areas where we might be able to do just a little bit better.

Excellence doesn’t have an endpoint, and it only just begins at certification. For physicians, what it means to be excellent evolves with every new discovery in medicine and breakthrough in technology. To remain at our highest level, we have to work continuously–and most importantly, we have to work together.

Maintaining certification in ophthalmology means participating in a professional development program built by committees of passionate and practical ophthalmologists like you, who rely on best practices and evidence-based standards to make decisions. It means selecting from a menu of self-assessment activities designed to address your areas of practice focus, while at the same time, helping you stay up to date on the trends and topics every practicing ophthalmologist needs to know. And in 2016, it means doing away with layers of burdensome data entry so you can skip straight to the creation of a quality improvement plan to make a noticeable and immediate impact on your practice.

Whether you spend most of your day in the exam room, the operating room, or the classroom, the one room we all have in common is our room for improvement. Diplomates of the American Board of Ophthalmology are advancing excellence in eye care every single day. And after 100 years, we’re still demonstrating the power and promise of self-regulation in specialty medicine.