ABPD Overview Session

Posted: 6/6/2016

Recap of the Overview Session:

Qualifying Examination (QE)

  • The Qualifying Examination is the 1st step in ABPD’s certification process.
  • The examination consists of 200 objective, single-best answer, multiple choice items.
  • The QE covers 8 domains and domains are given the same degree of emphasis and require in-depth level of knowledge.
    • Microbiology
    • Prevention and anticipatory guidance
    • Craniofacial growth and developing dentition and occlusion
    • Restorative dentistry and oral rehabilitation
    • Oral diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine
    • Special health care needs
    • Child development/behavior guidance
    • Pulp therapy/orofacial trauma
  • The QE is intended to assess the understanding of the scientific and biological principles that support the practice of pediatric dentistry, as well as current literature relating to pediatric dentistry.
  • Unlike the Oral Clinical Examination, the QE is not intended to duplicate the clinical application of pediatric oral health care.
  • In order to receive your Qualifying Examination results you must apply for Board Candidacy.
  • ABPD must verify completion of your residency program prior to releasing results. This is not to penalize residents; we are allowing you to take the examination before you graduate to jump start your process of becoming board certified.

Oral Clinical Examination (OCE)

The purpose of the Oral Clinical Examination (OCE) is to enable the Candidate to demonstrate proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical care.

  • ABPD’s website is great resource for the OCE, you will find:
    • ABPD OCE Overview
    • Article: How do I Prepare?
    • ABPD OCE Video
    • The Oral Clinical Examination is scheduled for September 19-22, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.
  • We have 550 candidates scheduled to take the examination in 2016.
  • In 2015 there was an 87% pass rate and it typically ranges between 80%-88%.
  • Applications for the 2017 OCE examination will open on January 3, 2017 and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The examination usually fills up fast.
  • Eligibility requirements for the Oral Clinical Examination
    • Must have successfully completed the Qualifying Examination
    • Have an active dental license
    • Be registered for the OCE
  • The Exam will be made up of two one-hour sessions.
    • During the first hour there will be two examiners who will go through several scenarios over four domains.
    • During the second hour two different examiners will discuss the additional domains.
  • All examiners score independently.
  • The eight domains that you will be tested on during the examination are the following:
    • Comprehensive Care
    • Hospital Dentistry
    • Behavior Guidance
    • Management of the Developing Occlusion
    • Oral Pathology
    • Prevention
    • Special Health Care Needs
    • Trauma
  • You will be scored in the following skill sets:
    • Data Gathering/Diagnosis
    • Management/Treatment Planning
    • Treatment Variations/Complications
  • Suggested Study Materials
    • List of references from AAPD Manual
    • Current textbooks (2015-2016)
    • Clinical Guidelines
    • Prep courses will give you a good broad overview
    • Role playing with colleagues
  • Tips while taking the Examination
    • Try to relax and stay positive.
    • Think of the examiners as patients that come into your office and how you would manage their treatment plan.
    • There will be flexibility with the examination. The examiners want you to pass and will help keep you on track if you get off topic.

What happens when you become board certified?

  • To maintain your Diplomate status, you must complete your ROC-P requirements annually by November 30th.
    • Complete two CQI models from ABPD dashboard
    • Complete fifteen hours of Continuing Education
    • Complete your renewal fee and credentials form
  • Every ten years you will complete the Renewal of Certification Examination.
    • The examination is currently 50 questions and is available online/open book

Question and Answer Portion of the Overview Session:

Q: What is the proper attire for the Oral Clinical Examination?

A:  ABPD recommends business attire for candidates.

Q: Will there be a break during the 1st and 2nd room to use the restroom?

A: There is not a scheduled break; however, you can go during the first and second hours of the examination as the examiners change.  Please keep in mind the exam clock is still running, the examiners will do their best to get you on track.

Q: Who decides what a conflicts is, the examiner or candidate?

A: Both. Prior to the examination all examiners review candidate photos and select candidates in which a conflict may exist. Each candidate will be asked prior to beginning the examination if they have conflict with the examiner before them.

Q: If you are unsuccessful in the OCE, can you take it the next year?

A: Yes, a candidate can take the OCE again the next year. A candidate must successfully pass both the QE and OCE within five years.

Q: How long do the results take?

A: Results are usually available within 6-8 weeks.

Q: Do you receive detailed results or just a pass/fail score?

A: The results are in the form of pass/fail.  Additionally, you will receive a quintile ranking that reflects your performance across topic areas relative to the other examinees.

Q: Are there sample vignettes available to Candidates?

A: ABPD does not supply sample vignettes. Visit www.abpd.org to take advantage of the resources listed on ABPD’s website.

Q:  How many hours of CE does ABPD issue for completing board certification?

A: ABPD awards 60 hours of continuing education upon completing certification. At this time, ABPD is currently not an ADA CERP approved CE provider.

Q: When do I start ROC-P?

A: After you become certified you will be automatically enrolled the following January.

Q: For the annual CE requirement, can I roll hours over from year to year?

A:  APBD requires all Time Limited Diplomates to self-report 15 CE hours annually.  Hours from previous years cannot be carried over.

Q: What happens if I do not renew my Diplomate status annually?

A: You will become inactivated. You will need to call headquarters, complete missing paperwork, and pay a fee. 

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