The second step to becoming a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. Once a Candidate has successfully completed his or her Qualifying Examination, he or she is eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE). The OCE is an oral based examination designed to test a Board candidate’s clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination will no longer be made up of four, fifty-minute sections. Moving forward, the examinaiton will consist of three sections each with four twelve-minute cases for a total exam time of 144 minutes.
A Candidate has three consecutive years following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination in which he or she can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination. The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certification Examination application by a specified deadline. A Candidate who does not take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination within the three-year period must re-apply for Board certification. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.
For more information, please download the Certification Handbook.
If you require special accommodations, review the ABOMS policy.
If you have any questions about seeking Certification, please contact the administrative office at (312) 642-0070.
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