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KYCO faculty receives diplomate status

December 05, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Cliff Caudill, O.D., associate professor and assistant dean of clinical affairs at the Univeristy of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry, completed and successfully passed the board certification process for the American Board of Optometry. He has been awarded the title of Diplomate, American Board of Optometry.

American Board of Optometry (ABO) board certification is a process that allows doctors of optometry to demonstrate that they exceed entry level requirements and are maintaining the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to deliver quality eye care. The ABO was created in 2009 to provide optometrists with a voluntary pathway to earn a meaningful board certification credential. By studying for and passing a rigorous examination, doctors demonstrate that they have reviewed what they learned in training, kept up with new developments, and used these bodies of knowledge to provide high quality patient care. The Maintenance of Certification program calls on optometrists to demonstrate their commitment to lifelong learning.

A Lexington native, Caudill received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky and later his doctorate of optometry from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. He went on to complete a residency in primary care optometry at the Northeastern State University College of Optometry. Caudill most recently served 12 years as an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences providing primary eye care and supervision of the department’s optometric education program. In this role, he implemented and directed the accredited optometry residency program and served as a clinical preceptor for students completing external rotations in the area of ocular disease. 

The Kentucky College of Optometry is the fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner and reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. The American Council for Optometric Education has granted the Kentucky College of Optometry the pre-accreditation classification of “Preliminary Approval.” The University of Pikeville is the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. The Kentucky College of Optometry is housed in the Health Professions Education Building, a new $72 million educational facility on UPIKE’s campus. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.  

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