CM of the Future

The Certification Maintenance process will be changing in 2020

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Qualifying Examination Scheduling

QE applicants will receive exam scheduling information in October



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Changes to the Oral Examination

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) began reviewing its Board Certification process in 2014. Both the Qualifying Examination (QE) and the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE) were reviewed for relevance, intent, content and consistency. The goal was to create a more meaningful and comprehensive program for board certification. 

The purpose of the oral examination is to evaluate the critical thought process of a candidate to demonstrate on-the-fly thinking, synethesizing core knowledge and applying this to realistic, mainstream office and hospital-based scenarios. After consulting with the Board's psychometrician, the Directors determined the appropriate content and delivery for the examination. Beginning in 2019, the OCE will be presented in three sections, each with four twelve-minute cases. The examination will total 144 minutes rather than the 200-minute exam in previous years.

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In the Know

Social Media Launched!

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ABOMS is pleased to announce we now officially have three social media accounts and will be more actively posting updates, upcoming deadlines, trivia questions, and more! We encourage everyone to stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

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The certification process is comprehensive, covering the biological sciences and clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

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Become an Examiner

Are you a Diplomate interested in furthering your participation with ABOMS? Join the Examination Committee.

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ABOMS Diplomates are committed to lifelong learning, keeping current in knowledge and skills, and practicing in a safe and contemporary manner.

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Are you interested in seeing if a particular oral and maxillofacial surgeon is board certified? Find out how to run a verification.

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Who We Are

Our Mission and Objectives are our governing principles


The mission of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is to assure the public of safe and optimal care through the development and maintenance of high standards of certification and re-certification of Diplomates in the specialty.


The objective of the ABOMS is to elevate the standards of oral and maxillofacial surgery through a certification and maintenance of certification process that fosters excellence and encourages learning, thus promoting the delivery of superior health care.