Renewal of Certification Exam
Renewal of Certification Examination Overview
Evidence of cognitive expertise based on performance on an examination is a requirement of Time-limited Diplomates in the Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P) and is satisfied by the completion of the Renewal of Certification Examination.
Part 3 on your "My Portfolio" page provides information on your examination status and deadline to complete the examination. Once the ROC examination is successfully completed, the ‘Status’ line in Part 3 will be automatically recorded as ‘Complete’, the date of completion recorded, as well as the date for the next examination
- The examination is an "open book" 50-item, multiple choice, web-based examination completed during the ninth year of your ten (10) year cycle. The examination can be accessed multiple times, but must be completed within a 48-hour period.
The Renewal of Certification examination is based on contemporary general knowledge topics in pediatric dentistry. All possible answers may be plausible but only one response is the MOST correct.
1. Microbiology (6)
a. Biological etiology of caries
b. Transmission of cariogenic bacteria
c. Periodontal disease
d. Normal and altered immunology
e. Critical appraisal of research and evidence
f. Infection control principles and regulations
2. Prevention and anticipatory guidance (7)
a. Risk assessment of oral and systemic disease
b. Diet and nutrition
g. Tobacco/substance abuse
3. Craniofacial growth and developing dentition and occlusion (7)
a. Anatomy and embryology
b. Craniofacial and somatic growth
c. Occlusal analysis
d. Cephalometric analyses
e. Oral habits
f. Space management
g. Embryological tooth development, dental development and tooth eruption
4. Restorative dentistry and oral rehabilitation (6)
a. Dental materials
b. Oral surgery
d. Esthetic dentistry
e. Restorative techniques
5. Oral diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine (7)
a. Radiologic principles, radiologic diagnostics and radiation safety
b. Dental anomalies
c. Oral/perioral lesions/anomalies
d. Epidemiology and treatment of oral diseases
e. Adjunctive diagnostic tests
f. Temporomandibular function and disorders
g. Recognition and management of medical emergencies
6. Special health care needs (4)
a. Congenital syndromes/diseases/disorders
b. Acquired pediatric diseases/conditions
c. Oral manifestations of congenital and acquired pediatric medical conditions
d. Treatment approaches for the delivery of oral health care to patients with SHCN
7. Child development/behavior guidance (7)
a. Physiological/psychological/social milestones or stages in child development
b. Principles of effective communication
c. Anxiolysis and analgesia
d. Non-pharmacological behavior guidance
e. Pharmacologic behavior guidance
8. Pulp therapy/orofacial trauma (6)
a. Dentinal and pulpal tissue biology and pathology
b. Pulpal assessment, diagnosis and therapy
c. Evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of orofacial trauma
d. Evaluation, diagnosis, diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries
e. Child abuse and neglect
Successful completion of the examination is based on 80% correct answers. If unsuccessful, the Diplomate must contact Headquarters. The examination may be taken as often as needed, but must be successfully completed prior to the ten-year deadline.
The exam link will appear on your ROC-P dashboard 2 years prior to your deadline.
If not completed during the 48 hours the Diplomate will be required to contact Headquarters to have their examination restarted.
Diplomates may use any study materials necessary in order to complete the examination, but they may not consult with any individuals concerning the examination. Upon successful completion of the examination, the Diplomate is awarded 10 Continuing Education Hours that will be recorded in your transcript.
Because the examination is a requirement for ROC-P, failure to successfully complete the examination by the date of expiration on the time-limited certificate will affect your participation in ROC-P and certification.
Below is a list of references used for the examination. All content is taken from the references current edition.
- AAPD Reference Manual, http://www.aapd.org/media/policies_guidelines
- AAPD The Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry. Ed. Nowak, Casamassimo
- Contemporary Orthodontics. Proffit, Fields, Sarver
- Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent. Dean, Avery, MacDonald
- Pediatric Dentistry Infancy Through Adolescence. Casamassimo, Fields, McTique, Nowak
- Pediatrics Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- National Center for Biotechnology Information, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
- Pediatric Dentistry and Journal of Dentistry for Children, AAPD
- Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry. Cameron, Widmer
- Journal of the American Dental Association
- Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. Kliegman, Stanton, St. Geme, Schor, Behrman