Preparing for the Oral Clinical Examination
1.Review the ABPD website www.abpd.org:
- Read the OCE Overview.
- Watch the OCE Video. This is an excellent representation of the format of the examination.
2.Understanding the purpose of the OCE and how the examination is structured:
- The exam is designed to evaluate your knowledge and ability to solve clinical cases in pediatric dentistry.
- OCE is administered in Dallas, at a facility designed for administration of professional specialty board oral examinations.
- Each exam is comprised of clinical vignettes or scenarios from eight (8) domains or categories. As a candidate, you will receive vignettes from all categories.
- For each vignette, you will be presented background information about patients and their situations. Many, but not all, vignettes will include images shown on a monitor. Examiners will ask open-ended questions to assess your knowledge and skills.
- Exams consist of two one-hour sessions. The first hour, two examiners will talk with you regarding four of the domains. The second hour, two different examiners will address the remaining four domains.
3.Preparing for the oral examination:
- Be systematic. Set aside time for study and reflection on a regular basis.
- Realize that you will be expected to have knowledge about all eight domains. If there is an area you are less familiar with, spend more time on that area.
- Talk with your colleagues regarding how they prepared.
- Develop study teams or use a mentor or study partner to practice.
- Use flashcards.
4.Using Resources/References: (Review courses are available at American Academy
of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) http://www.aapd.org):
- Know the Oral Health Policies and Clinical Guidelines in the AAPD
- Read The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, 2011.
- Attend the AAPD Comprehensive Review Course or take the DVD version.
- Attend the AAPD OCE Preparation Course.
- Listen to CD-ROMs of Continuing Education courses or the Practical Reviews
in Pediatric Dentistry series while commuting.
- Review recent studies, clinical reports and articles.g. Review textbooks such as:
• Moursi (2012) Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry
• Cameron, Widmer (2008) Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry (3rd Edition)
• Millet, Wellbury (2011) Clinical Problem Solving in Orthodontics and
• Dean, McDonald, Avery (2011). Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent
• Casamassimo, Fields, McTigue, Nowak (2012) Pediatric Dentistry:
Infancy Through Adolescence (5th Edition)
5.Taking the Examination:
- Use a systematic approach for each vignette.
- Try to think of this as several new patients who you are evaluating for the first time
in your practice.
- Be confident, just as you would be when having discussions with parents or other
The Oral Clinical Examination can be challenging. But with proper preparation, a positive attitude, and a confident approach, you will be ready for the challenge. The ABPD wishes you success on your Oral Clinical Examination and we look forward to you becoming a Diplomate« back to listing