Mock Oral Board Examination

Preparation Course

The University of Colorado Department of Ophthalmology is again offering the only full- length, mock oral examination for ophthalmology in the country. This half-day course is designed to replicate the actual oral exam in every aspect possible. Starting in August 2020, the course will be held virtually online in accordance with the ABO’s move to virtual oral board examinations.

Date: Saturday, August 22, 2020
Time: Morning session (7am-12pm) Zoom (details to be provided later)
Location: Zoom (details to be provided later)
Cost: $500
Registration: Spots are limited: Submit the registration form and fee to complete your registration and secure your place in the course

The purpose of this VIRTUAL course is to improve examinee's readiness for the oral board examination through a (virtual) live oral exam that closely simulates the format, content, and timing of the actual examination. In simulated exam rooms, attendees will complete six 30 minute, virtual face-to-face encounters presenting up to ten clinical cases and describing how they would care for that patient. Upon completion of the mock exam, attendees will have the opportunity to review their performance with examiners and receive feedback on ways to improve exam techniques.

Preliminary Agenda

Morning Session

7:00 - 7:50am      Exam overview/orientation 
8:00 - 11:00am    Full-length mock exam 
11:00 - 11:45am  Feedback and review 
12:00pm              Conclude session

Past Attendee Feedback

  • “Helps with time management, pacing, and stamina”
  • “Realistic format"
  • “Exact simulation of the oral boards”
  • “Helped alleviate anxiety about how the real exam is timed”
  • “Beyond Awesome!”    

Course Directors

Dr. McCourtEmily McCourt, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus



Dr. PecenPaula Pecen, MD
Assistant Professor, Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery, Uveitis and Ocular Immunology



Dr. SeiboldLeonard Seibold, MD
Associate Professor, Glaucoma



Questions? Please contact Gaylian Howard:

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To learn more about the official Board Certification Exam administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), visit its web site:​.​

Notices and Disclaimers

Neither the University, Hospital, Department*, nor the Course Directors assume any responsibility or liability for participant's ABO certification examination results. Taking, completing, and passing this practice examination does not in any way result in or guarantee passing the actual American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) certification examination. Practice examinations are designed to be an assessment tool of one's strengths and weaknesses, and are not designed to be used as a study guide or as an only source of study. Taking an ABO Mock exam does not guarantee passing the ABO Certification exam

This mock, or pretend, oral board course has been created based on public information gathered from the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) website, printed policies, and our own personal and clinical experience. No ABO material has been replicated,  recalled, or taken from the actual examination. Clinical cases and material in this course that seem to be similar to the ABO exam is coincidental as it is impossible to know what specific material will be covered on any given exam day. It is against ABO rules to divulge specific information regarding prior or future examination content. 

No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions given in the course. 
This mock oral board exam is not affiliated, approved, or endorsed by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO).

Lastly, it is the responsibility of the licensed practitioner to determine the best treatment for their patients, and as such neither the University, Hospital, Department*, nor the Course Directors assume any liability for any injury and/or damage to individuals or property arising from this course.

*University of Colorado, UCHealth, Department of Ophthalmology and affiliates​​​

 **Cancellation policy – we reserve the right to keep 50% of the registration fee if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the test date. **