A word from the chair of the Oral Clinical Examination Jeffrey C. Mabry
The Oral Clinical Examination (OCE) 2016 is just around the corner on September 19-22. Although there is no standard method to prepare for the OCE, here are a few suggestions:
Review the resources on the ABPD website by selecting the Candidates tab and clicking on Oral Clinical Examination:
Review suggested Resources/References:
- Oral Health Policies and Clinical Guidelines in the AAPD Reference Manual
- The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, AAPD, 2011
- AAPD Comprehensive Review Course - or take the DVD version
- AAPD OCE Preparation Course
- Continuing education courses or practical reviews in Pediatric Dentistry
- Review recent studies, clinical reports and articles
- Review textbooks such as:
- Moursi (2012) Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry
- Cameron, Widmer (2013) Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry (4th Edition)
- Millet, Wellbury (2011) Clinical Problem Solving in Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry
- Dean (2016) McDonald and Avery’s Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent (10th Edition)
- Casamassimo, Fields, McTigue, Nowak (2012) Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy Through Adolescence (5th Edition)
- Take the time to practice sample cases with colleagues or someone experienced in administering oral exams (like a faculty member, etc).
- Take turns performing “mock” examinations on case files.
- Offer up suggestions and constructive feedback to help one another improve and prepare for their examination.
Try to approach the OCE like it is “just another day in your office”. For two hours, you will be evaluating multiple patients, each with a unique dental problem. Use a systematic approach. Be confident. Be concise and to the point. There will be chair-side interactions with patients, discussions with parents, directions to your dental staff and consultations with medical professionals…just like in your office!
The keys to success: Prepare…Stay Relaxed…Stay Focused…Keep Positive!
Final positive thoughts:
#1: Examiners want your optimum performance
- Examiners want you to be relaxed
- Examiners are not going to let you ramble
- Examiners want you to complete all sections
#2: There is flexibility in an oral exam (unlike a written exam)
- There is not just one correct answer with the right explanation
#3: It does not have to be perfect
- You can fail a vignette, and still pass
- Just like sports, you can have a few turnovers and still win the game
#4: Positive statistics
- 87% (396 out of 456) Candidates successfully completed the OCE 2015!
- Today 73.6% of Eligible AAPD members are Diplomates!
Best of luck to all!
Jeffrey C. Mabry
Chair, Oral Clinical Examination« back to listing