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Active

A Diplomate who is actively engaged in the practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery or receives monetary remuneration by virtue of being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and is currently in good standing with ABOMS. An Active Diplomate with a time-limited certificate is subject to all Certification Maintenance requirements.

 

Clinically Inactive

A Diplomate not currently engaged in clinical practice but who may be involved in other professional activities (e.g. research, lectures and seminars, administration of institutional programs and/or activities) as allowed by appropriate jurisdictional law. This excludes expert testimony and related activities. A Clinically Inactive Diplomate must use the designation “Clinically Inactive Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” in all professional materials and communications. Each year as part of the ABOMS Annual Registration process, a Clinically Inactive Diplomate must attest that he/she does not assist or perform surgery, nor participate in the clinical supervision of residents or dental students. Violation of these provisions and any other related provisions will result in revocation of his/her certificate. A Clinically Inactive Diplomate is subject to all Certification Maintenance requirements with the exception of:

i. Participation in the Evaluation of Performance in Practice component; and,

ii.Possession of active hospital privileges which permit admitting patients and performance of core OMS procedures. Upon returning to the clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery, a Diplomate designated as Clinically Inactive must petition the Board to regain Active Diplomate status.

The Diplomate will be required to provide documentation to the Board, consisting of but not limited to:

i. Demonstration of current completion of Evaluation of Performance in Practice; and,

ii. Evidence of current active hospital privileges which permits admitting patients and performing core OMS procedures.

 

Retired

A Diplomate who has retired from the active practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery and does not practice any aspect of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Retired Diplomates must identify themselves as “Retired Diplomates of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” in all professional materials and communications.

i. Retired Diplomates who return to the active practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery are required to submit a request for change of status to the administrative office. If he/she requests a change of status after his/her certification has expired, he/she must repeat the entire certification process. A Retired Diplomate with a time-limited certificate who returns to the active practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery, prior to his/her expiration date will be required to complete the Certification of Maintenance Program. A Diplomate that fails to successfully complete the Certification of Maintenance Program during his/her final three years of certification will assume the status of Expired Diplomate. An Expired Diplomate must repeat the entire Certification process to return to Active Diplomate status. A retired Diplomate whose time-limited certificate expired while he/she is in a retired status and does not return to the active practice of oral and
maxillofacial surgery will retain the status of Retired Diplomate.

ii. If a Diplomate contemplates retirement, he/she should opt for the Clinically Inactive Diplomate status. He/she must meet all the Clinically Inactive requirements until such time as he/she is certain he/she will not return to active Diplomate status.

 

Candidate

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon who has met the requirements to begin the ABOMS Certification process. A Candidate is actively pursuing certification. The ABOMS does not recognize the status “board-eligible”. An individual who has completed his/her QE application for the first time is recognized as a Candidate. The individual will lose his/her Candidate status if he/she does not successfully complete the QE during his/her application years. Once the individual’s application period expires, he/she will hold no title/status with ABOMS until successfully completing the QE. The ABOMS does not recognize any other title designation for individuals seeking Board Certification.

 

Not a Candidate nor Board Certified

The ABOMS does not recognize the status “board-eligible”. An individual who has completed his/her QE application for the first time is recognized as a Candidate. The individual will lose his/her Candidate status if he/she does not successfully complete the QE during his/her application years. Once the individual’s application years expire, he/she holds no title/status with ABOMS until successfully completing the QE. The ABOMS does not recognize any other title designation for individuals seeking Board Certification.




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