Hello! I am a young ophthalmologist who recently finished my residency in ophthalmology. I just finished taking the board exams for ophthalmology, and was fortunate to pass both the written and oral board exams on the first try.
Now that I’m finished with these tests, and I have about 5 years before I am allowed to take the maintenance of certification (MoC) exams, I want to have a way to keep track of all of the tricks, tips, and tools I used to study for the OKAPs and board exams. Plus, since clinical practice won’t necessarily help me remember some of those details about the basic science, I want to maintain my edge; hence this site.
While I will work hard to put quality information on this site, copyright restrictions will probably prevent me from putting a whole lot of specific information here. Since this is not in any way meant to be an official site associated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology or American Board of Ophthalmology, I want to be extra careful that the information I provide is all either original content or public information.
Timewise, this site might take a while to gain traction as well – I would love this site to grow a larger community in which we, as present and future colleagues, might be able to help each other learn and understand ophthalmology better. At the same time, my time is pretty limited (since I’m still in full-time clinical medicine) so writing high-quality posts and reviews will be slow-going. In the meantime, please feel free to contribute your own tips and tricks in the comments!
I realize I’m a pretty big nerd, creating a website all about learning ophthalmology. I would also imagine most people are not nearly as interested in remembering the basic science as I am. But that’s ok! Hopefully this site will provide resources and information that can be useful to everyone, whether you’re just trying to find tricks to help pass the various tests we have to take, brush up on a disease you haven’t thought about for 10 years, or looking for new things to learn.
Disclaimers and Disclosures
While I will make every effort to provide correct and useful information (including discussion of subject material), I am but one person trying to better our clinical education by providing high-quality online content. I am not trying to promote any one particular study tool or product, nor am I trying to sell anything. Everything I post is for educational purposes only. I am trying an Amazon affiliate program to help pay for the cost of maintaining and building the website, and may, at some point, try to sort out a method such as the patreon model to help provide the resources needed to grow this website more and more. Unfortunately, because so many images of various ophthalmic diseases are copyrighted, I may not be able to use a whole lot of images (aside from what I am able to link to and cite under educational fair use). I will do my best to cite and link to all content. All material, unless otherwise stated, is my personal opinion and therefore may not be entirely accurate. Typos aside, I try very hard to verify the information I provide on the site, but I make mistakes from time to time. Also, I am not guaranteeing any improvement in your test scores – so use these resources at your own risk.
Also, this website is written by ophthalmologists for the education of medical professionals, and should not be used as a substitute for expert medical advice. Consult your doctor about any concerns you may have about your eyes, vision, or medical condition.
I hope this ends up working out well! Looking forward to building this site!