is there trouble in paradise? New Optometric Society Formed to Combat Push for OD Board Certification

Apparently not everyone in the AOA supports board certification.  Vision Monday reports that a new optometric organization—already claiming nearly 1,500 U.S. ODs as members—was formed recently “in response to recent actions of the American Optometric Association (AOA),” specifically the passing of a resolution during Optometry’s Meeting in late June endorsing and forming the American Board of Optometry, which is charged with creating a new program to board-certify optometrists.

According to its mission statement, the AOS “is committed to giving its members a voice in their profession, supporting the common goals of its members and advocating for its members within other organizations.” The group has pegged as its primary mission “opposing AOA/ABO ‘board certification’ and facilitating fair representation within local and state optometric associations,” according to an announcement last week.

Although the American Optometric Society was formed in response to the AOA House of Delegates vote on board certification, which many of its members opposed, the group “has quickly evolved to encompass more than the board certification issue and the denial of fair representation at the AOA House of Delegates,” Miller said. “We have expanded our mandate to include working with other organizations toward uniform national licensure, broader access to insurance programs and broad inclusion in healthcare reform.”

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