Question: Does anyone have any useful resources or study tips for the ACMO exam?
A little history on the exam and medical Optometry in the VA. (https://abcmo.org/how-medical-optometry-originated-in-dva/)
Compiled Exam Tips:
- I reviewed Wills Eye mostly and did very well. I think if you work at a VA you really will do great without any major studying. Good luck!
- I took it 2-3 years ago, I borrowed one of the KMK book from one of our externs they were using to study for boards. I thought it provided a good review of everything. Best wishes on the exam… it really wasn’t bad.
- I took ACMO ~4-5 years ago, I found it to be very similar to cases seen at the VA. I studied Wills Eye Manual and Kanski exclusively and passed. However, this was quite some time ago. Best of luck
- No doubt you are looking for advice regarding content however I would take this a different direction: It is a long test. I recommend the person(s) taking it make sure to have a good night’s sleep, bring a snack that would not overly affect the glycemic load, and have water available.
- I passed easily with minimal preparation several years ago. I felt the exam was tailored to VA optometry. If pressed, I would suggest reviewing Wills or similar to review first line and second line pharmacy treatment options for conditions you are least familiar with. Nothing too rare.
- I took the test several years ago and read and studied Wills eye manual front to back and an ophthalmology general review book (forgot the name of it.) I passed with no problems.
- I used mostly NBEO study material to prepare for the ACMO exam.
- I felt the exam was extremely useful for me to learn / refresh on areas which do not represent my clinical areas of strong comfort – e.g., anterior segment conditions I did not commonly see at VA. I reviewed globally w/ Mass Eye & Wills. Then, I focused on areas of weakness in Yanoff Ophthalmology.