The project team members represent the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA).
"If there would be a board certification process for Doctors of Optometry, what would it look like?" This is the question a Joint Board Certification Project Team will be exploring in the coming months, according to Kevin Alexander, O.D., Ph.D., President-Elect of the American Optometric Association.
The project team members were selected by their respective organizations including: the American Optometric Association (AOA), the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO), the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), and the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA). The project team members are:
Randolph E. Brooks, O.D. (AOA), Chair
Arol R. Augsburger, O.D., M.S. (ASCO)
David A. Cockrell, O.D. (AOA)
Donovan L. Crouch, O.D. (NBEO)
Larry J. Davis, O.D. (ASCO)
Douglas W. Hopkins, O.D. (AAO)
Thomas L. Lewis, O.D., Ph.D. (AAO)
Mary E. Phillips, student (AOSA)
Christina Sorenson, O.D. (ARBO)
William Rafferty, O.D. (ARBO)
Jack E. Terry, O.D., Ph.D. (NBEO)
Christopher S.Wolfe, student (AOSA)
The ultimate goal is a program that would be endorsed by optometric organizations and made available to optometrists who have a need to demonstrate continued and advanced clinical competence to the public, third party payers and government agencies. The team will not produce an abstract concept, but rather an actual "product" that we can all look at, evaluate and discuss.
The AOA, AAO, ARBO, NBEO, ASCO and AOSA choose to address board certification now because the profession has demonstrated a readiness to consider the issue in a comprehensive, inclusive manner. This readiness is evidenced by 10 of the 57 "preferred futures" of the Optometry 2020 Summits relating to competence and certification. Additionally, one of the outcomes of the recently held National Optometric Continuing Education Conference states, "there be renewed dialogue involving all stakeholders to reassess continued competence and board certification". Finally, some optometric organizations have already created elements of board certification including educational tracts and testing for advanced competence in specialty areas.
THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING PRESIDENTS
|American Academy of Optometry|
Richard E. Weisbarth, O.D., FAAO
|Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry|
Robert M. Easton, O.D., FAAO
|American Optometric Association|
C. Thomas Crooks, III, O.D.
|Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry|
Hector Santiago, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO
|American Optometric Student Association|
|National Board of Examiners in Optometry|
Donovan L. Crouch, O.D., FAAO
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