Improving knowledge & skills

Setting the standard for oral and maxillofacial surgery through examination and certification maintenance.

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A Summary of the 2022 OCE

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) hosted the 2022 Oral Certifying Examination (OCE) beginning on January 29th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The ABOMS hosted 104 Examiners who examined 442 Candidates, making this OCE the largest examination in ABOMS history.

The exam week began with a general session to brief the Examiners on the upcoming examinations and review COVID-19 safety protocols. ABOMS is committed to the health and safety of all Candidates, Examiners, Directors, and staff. The Board followed the current CDC guidelines and best-in-class safety practices and designed a plan to administer the OCE in a safe environment. Shadowing the example of the 2021 OCE, all rooms were sanitized, social distancing was encouraged, and masks were strongly enforced.

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Our Mission

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) ensures that Diplomates meet our standards of training, education, and professionalism through our certification process. As the certifying body in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the ABOMS provides contemporary and innovative programs that promote optimal care and service to the public.


To be the recognized leader in Board Certification of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and related disciplines.