ABPD Certification Overview Session Recap
Do you have questions about the Qualifying Examination, Oral Clinical Examination or Renewal of Certification Process? We have answers.
On Saturday, May 26, the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) hosted a Certification Overview Session in Honolulu, HI in conjunction with American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's (AAPD) Annual Session. ABPD applicants and candidates learned about the certification process and asked ABPD Directors questions regarding the different examinations. Below is the information regarding each examination and answers to questions posed by fellow applicants and candidates.
Qualifying Examination (QE)
- The Qualifying Examination (QE) is the first step in ABPD’s certification process.
- The examination consists of 200 objective, single-best answer, multiple choice items.
- The QE covers eight (8) domains:
- 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.
- Applicants/residents must apply for Board Candidacy to receive your Qualifying Examination results.
- 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 October 15-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas
- We have 550 candidates scheduled to take the examination in 2018.
- In 2017 there was an 86% pass rate. Applications for the 2019 OCE examination are 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
- 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 (8) 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
- Special Health Care Needs
- 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
- 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.
- Use a systematic approach for each vignette.
- Be confident, just as you would be when having discussions with parents or other medical professionals.
- 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.
- If you didn’t say it, it didn’t happen. Don’t forget to include the small routine detail.
Question and Answer Portion of the Overview Session:
Q: What happens when you become board certified?
A: Diplomates must complete the Renewal of Certification-Process (ROC-P) requirements annually by November 30th. For more information, visit our Renewal of Certification-Process webpage.
Q: What attire does ABPD recommend 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 conflict 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: Can I ask questions the examiners questions during the OCE?
A: Yes, if something is unclear you can ask questions.
Q: Can I take notes during the OCE?
A: Yes, there will be supplies for you to take notes during the examination. The notes will be left at the testing center and you will not be allowed to take them with you.
Q: What are some helpful tips for communication during the OCE?
A: Maintain eye contact with the examiners when answering questions. Listen to the question in full prior to answering the question.
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 test results take receive?
A: Results are forwarded by the testing centers to our psychometrician who analyzes the performance of each test question and each candidate to assure a valid and reliable examination. Once a final report is submitted to ABPD staff can process the results. Results for the QE and OCE are usually available within 6-8 weeks. Applicants who sat for the QE while still in their advanced education program are required to apply for Board Candidacy prior to results being released.
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: 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?« back to listing
A: You will become inactivated and you will need to contact headquarters.