Applying for the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE)
Once a Candidate has successfully completed their Qualifying Examination, they are eligible to begin their application for the Oral Certifying Examination. A Candidate has three consecutive years, following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination, in which they can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination.
The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the completed Oral Certifiying 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 beginning with the Qualifying Examination. Individuals who are required to re-apply will regain “Candidate” status upon successfully completing the Qualifying Examination.
Application Requirements for the Oral Certifying Examination:
- Application Fee of $450.00 USD (one-time fee)
- Verification of Hospital Staff Appointment
- Verification of Current Licensure
- 2” x 2” Passport Photograph
- Examination Fee of $2,850.00 USD
To learn more about the requirements for submitting an OCE application, download the 2023 Oral Certifying Examination Handbook.
Ready to Apply? Log in to your account to complete the application. 2023 applications open June 14, 2022, and close September 22, 2022.
2023 Oral Certifying Examination
The final step to becoming a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. Once a Candidate has successfully completed the Qualifying Examination, he or she is eligible to begin their application for the OCE. It is important to note, that each Candidate has three opportunities to take and pass the OCE. Non-submission of application, cancellations, no show, and fails is considered one opportunity. The OCE is an oral-based examination designed to test a Candidates clinically applicable knowledge and judgment. The examination consists of three sections. Each with four twelve-minute cases for a total exam time of 144 minutes.
Do you have questions regarding the OCE? Check out our frequently asked questions section!
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