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Overview

The Oral Clinical Examination (OCE) is administered annually at a facility specifically designed for administration of professional specialty board oral examinations.

Candidates can apply for the OCE after successfully completing the Qualifying Examination (QE).

  • 2-hour examination session
  • 8 topic areas covered
  • Open-ended questions to assess candidate’s knowledge and skills

What to Expect

The OCE is designed to evaluate the candidate’s knowledge and ability to solve clinical cases in pediatric dentistry.

The examination is composed of two one-hour sessions administered successively by two examiners. Each session consists of clinical vignettes that are presented to the candidate for discussion. Candidates will be expected to have evidenced-based knowledge of all currently acceptable therapy whether they perform the procedures in practice or not and in all types of pediatric patients.

The topic areas covered by the vignettes include:

  • Comprehensive Care
  • Hospital Dentistry
  • Behavior Guidance
  • Management of the Developing Occlusion
  • Oral Pathology
  • Prevention
  • Special Health Care Needs
  • Trauma
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Step by Step

Examination TImeline

Apply for OCE

The OCE application opens annually in January. The application can be completed by logging into your ABPD portal. Limited spots are available and filled on a first come first served basis.

Prepare for Exam

Schedule Travel

ABPD will assign date and session approximately six months before the administration of the examination. Candidates will receive detailed examination information via email regarding registration and examination location and schedule.

Renew Board Candidacy

All active Candidates are required to log into their profile annually and complete the renewal and credentials form. Renewal period opens December 1st and the deadline to complete is November 30th.

Participate in the OCE

The OCE is administered annually at a facility specifically designed for administration of professional specialty board oral examinations. Examination results are reported to candidates via the ABPD website within 6 weeks.

OCE results released

The Oral Clinical Examination results are released to the examinees.

What to Know

Dates & Fees

Annual Registration

Opens Annually in January 
$2000

2021 Examination Date

October 4-9, 2021 
Raleigh, NC

Maintenance of Board Candidacy

Apply by November 30