This is a continuation of our Oral Board Exam Content Outline series. Check out the introduction for starters!
The following is my suggested content outline for study for the ABO’s Oral Board Exam. A few disclaimers:
- The content outline is taken from my personal study notes as well as from the many study resources available commercially. Because the majority of ophthalmology is being tested on the exam, there is no way for me to avoid including topics listed in other resources. At the same time, I am not intentionally copying these lists verbatim and reproducing them on the site; any similarities in format and organization is purely coincidental.
- Additionally, I am not intentionally reproducing test questions from the Oral Board Exam. In all honesty, I’ve probably forgotten most, if not all, of the prompts I faced a few years ago when I took the exam. However, I should probably also say that any similarities between the information I present in these outlines and the actual Oral Board Exam is also purely coincidental.
- I do not write questions for any of the official assessment exams. I was recently invited to join the AAO Resident Self-Assessment Task Force, which is geared towards helping to develop better self-assessment tools for residents. But because I do not actually know what is going to be on the test (I wouldn’t be able to work on this site if I did), take everything I put in the outline with a grain of salt – I chose these conditions using the criteria I listed in the Introduction, but there is no guarantee that this list is comprehensive or all-inclusive.