This content outline and the corresponding weights will be applied to the 2018 Written Qualifying Examination (WQE).
Written Qualifying Examination

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Expand Lens and Cataract <font color="red"><b>(12%)</b></font>Lens and Cataract (12%)
Expand Cornea, External Disease and Anterior Segment <font color="red"><b>(13%)</b></font>Cornea, External Disease and Anterior Segment (13%)
Expand Glaucoma <font color="red"><b>(13%)</b></font>Glaucoma (13%)
Expand Neuro-Ophthalmology <font color="red"><b>(10%)</b></font>Neuro-Ophthalmology (10%)
Expand Oculofacial, Plastics, and Orbit <font color="red"><b>(10%)</b></font>Oculofacial, Plastics, and Orbit (10%)
Expand Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus <font color="red"><b>(11%)</b></font>Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (11%)
Expand Refractive Management and Optics <font color="red"><b>(8%)</b></font>Refractive Management and Optics (8%)
Expand Retina, Vitreous, and Intraocular Tumors <font color="red"><b>(15%)</b></font>Retina, Vitreous, and Intraocular Tumors (15%)
Expand Uveitis <font color="red"><b>(8%)</b></font>Uveitis (8%)
Each question on the WQE will be from one of the subject areas and will cover one of these four aspects of patient care:
  • Presentation (history, clinical exam, differential)
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Management/ Outcomes/ Complications/ Prognosis
  • Pathophysiology/ Basic Science/ Histology/ Epidemiology/ Risk Assessment
Some questions may also cover components of one or more of the following:
  • Landmark studies
  • General medicine aspects as related to ophthalmology
  • Patient safety, quality improvement, risk management, and diagnostic error
  • Ethics
  • Pathology
  • Communication and team-based care