FIAO Testing Protocol
- Read the requirements for application and if you feel you meet the requirements, carefully fill and submit the Application Form
- Your section FIAO committee will review your application and if you meet the requirements, you will be asked to provide documentation.
- The application specifies the list of required documents to support your application.
- Provide all the documents requested.
- Your section fellowship chair will review all the data you have provided and if you are selected, they will schedule a phone interview with you to determine your level of preparedness.
- You will be asked a series of questions to determine if you have attained a master level of orthoK knowledge.
- The committee will then choose the most qualified applicants to proceed.
If you were one of the applications selected to proceed with testing:
- At this point you must Pay your FIAO Testing Fee. Please note you have to pay in 1 week. If payment is not received by that date, the position will be offered to another candidate.
- Your testing will involve 3 steps
o Case presentations
o Written testing
o Oral testing (always conducted last)
You will be provided with a mentor to guide and assist you with your case presentation and study.
The mentor will be the one whom you present 3 cases and prepare you for your oral examination.
- 75 multiple choice questions and
- A design test.
o You will be given the data for one eye (demographics, refractive, maps, etc.).
o You must design a lens for that patient using whatever method you normally employ (eg, template, software, etc).
o Then you will be provided with an outcome map and asked to make changes in your lens design to enhance the outcome.
- You will participate in a 1-1.5 hour oral examination to determine you have become a Master of the Science and technology of OrthoK. Your committee will consist of 3 FIAOs one will be your mentor. You will discuss your last two cases as well as answer questions designed to test your mastery of the field.
PREPARATION - Study Resources for Written and Oral Exam
- IAO study guide provided by your section fellowship chair
- Review Class A mandatory four-hour class will be given to review material to be covered on the written test, on testing day. This class is really valuable and a great opportunity to have any questions answered.
- Your personal FIAO mentor
- Orthokeratology: Principles and Practice by Mountford, Ruston and Trusit. This book is no longer in print, but is available in PDF form. It will be provided to applicant by Dropbox. John has given us permission to share it electronically. He is currently writing a revised form.
- Purchase Orthokeratology Practice - A basic guide for practitioners Edited by Pauline Cho, Mike Collins and Tadashi Sawano (available at the OAA store www.orthokacademy.com)
- IAO study guide
- Orthokeratology Practice : A basic guide for practitioners Cho, Collins and Sawano
- 书名 实用角膜塑形学，主编 谢培英 迟蕙，人民卫生出版社2012年3月第一版323千字 (Practical Orthokeratology Authors: Xie, peiying, Chi, Hui, People's health publication co. March, 2012, first edition,
- PowerPoint of “Fundamentals of OrthoK” lecture (revised and expanded with audio) in preparation
- Articles provided by Jaume Paune Fabre
- The test is given in written English or Chinese. If you do not speak either of these, you may bring an interpreter or use Google Translate.
- The interpreter must be approved prior to the test and cannot be a doctor familiar with orthoK.
- If Google translate is used, the proctor must be present each time it is accessed.