As increasing numbers of internationally-trained-ophthalmologists join academic ophthalmology and/or neurology departments in the United States, NANOS would like to make you aware of the expectations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Review Committee (RC) for Ophthalmology.
All faculty members of ACGME accredited ophthalmology residencies must be board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABOp) or the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, or have specialty qualifications that are acceptable to the RC. The RC will consider the qualifications of internationally-trained- ophthalmologists to serve as a faculty member. Importantly, the RC expects internationally trained ophthalmologist faculty members to enter the ABOp Internationally Trained Ophthalmology (ITO) certification program once eligible.
Per the ABOp, eligibility requirements for ITOs include:
The information related to the ABOp’s ITO certification pathway is available on the following pages:
ITO Program Page: https://abop.org/become-certified/international-training-pathway/
Any questions may be directed to Kathleen Quinn-Leering, RC Executive Director at the ACGME at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Frieberg, Certification Services Coordinator at the American Board of Ophthalmology at email@example.com.
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