Oral Clinical Examination
The Oral Clinical Examination is the second of a two-part American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.Explore
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
- Special Health Care Needs
Step by Step
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
ABPD will assign examination dates approximately six months before the administration of the examination.
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.
OCE results released
Examination results are reported to candidates via the ABPD website within 8 weeks.
What to Know
Dates & Fees
2023 Examination Dates
Maintenance of Board Candidacy
Apply by November 30