American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Leadership Team
The Qualifying Examination (QE) is designed to generate evidence toward validation of the individuals’ advanced training in pediatric dentistry.
The examination is composed of 200 objective, single-answer, multiple-choice items. The QE is intended to assess the Examinee’s understanding of the scientific and biological principles that support the practice of pediatric dentistry, as well as current literature.
Members of the Qualifying Examination Committee (QEC) contribute by primarily writing and editing questions for the Qualifying Examination. Additional responsibilities include:
The purpose of the Oral Clinical Examination (OCE) is to enable the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical care.
The examination is designed to evaluate the candidate's knowledge and ability to solve clinical cases in pediatric dentistry. Each exam is comprised of clinical vignettes or scenarios from eight domains.
Members of the Oral Clinical Examination Committee (OCEC) contribute by primarily collecting cases and writing and editing vignettes. Additional responsibilities include:
Note: This is not the application to serve as an examiner for the Oral Clinical Examination.
Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P) is a continuous, rolling process documenting achievement in four critical areas of pediatric dentistry.
Completion of the four areas is required for Time Limited diplomates and include:
Members of the Renewal of Certification Process Committee (ROCPC) contribute by primarily writing and editing questions for the ROC Examination or the CQI Modules. Additional responsibilities include:
Eligible candidates must meet the following minimal qualifications throughout the entire appointment term:
Committee members serve a 1-year term and may only serve on one of the three committees. A member’s term may be extended annually to a maximum of five years. Re-appointments are based on performance and the needs of each subcommittee. After a diplomate has served a five-year term and wish to serve again, they can reapply following a 12-month hiatus.
New committee members must participate in the Examination Committee Workshop scheduled for the last weekend in January of 2024. Committee members will also be required to participate in the Renewal of Certification Process if not already enrolled.
Committee members are eligible to serve as examiners for the Oral Clinical Examination, if needed and invited.
The 2024 Examination Committee application will open in 2023. To apply, you will log in to your ABPD profile. Under the "Things You Can Do" section on your dashboard, click on the link for the Examination Committee Application.
Two professional references are required to complete the application. One of the two references must be a past or current ABPD or AAPD volunteer, neither reference can be a current ABPD Director or staff.
An application, including completed reference forms, must be submitted by the deadline. If your application and completed reference forms are not received by the deadline, your application will not be considered.