Lactating Mothers Policy

Effective 12/1/2018

The American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) supports mothers in ophthalmology and provides accommodations for lactating mothers for the Written Qualifying Examination and the Oral Examination, as follows:

Written Qualifying Examination (WQE)

Lactating mothers will be granted extra examination time, extra break time, and a private room for pumping at Prometric test centers. Prometric’s Testing Accommodations Advocates work with candidates to find the best testing location with appropriate allocated spaces for the nursing mothers’ accommodations. As of 10/24/2018, there are 50 Prometric test center locations equipped with curtained Testing Accommodations room. Please note, Prometric will inspect all pumping supplies prior to admittance to the examination. 

Oral Examination

The ABO provides an extended Oral Examination which includes a 60-minute break in a designated break room for pumping. Refrigerators will be provided. 

Requesting Accommodations

Please email to request accommodations at least 90 days prior to the examination administration and note: 

  • These accommodations allow for the use of breast pumps and related supplies only. Breastfeeding of infants and children during the examination is not permitted.
  • Space is limited; requests will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.