Covid-19 Resources

ABOMS is following all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our applicants, Candidates, Diplomates, and staff. See below to keep updated on information on COVID-19 and how it has and/or will affect any ABOMS processes or events.

Oral Certifying Examination (OCE)

The 2021 OCE has been postponed to August. The examination was originally scheduled to be held in Raleigh, NC on February 22-26, 2021 and is now postponed to August 23-27, 2021. It will still be held in person in Raleigh, NC. Applications are now closed and will not reopen. Candidates who will be taking the 2021 OCE will receive their examination date this June.

For the 2021 OCE, ABOMS is ensuring a safe testing environment by requiring either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. They will also have smaller testing groups, modified check-in procedures, and cleaning crews to thoroughly clean between testing times. Candidates will be given more information when they are sent their examination date this June.

The 2022 OCE is still set to take place in February of 2022. Applications will open in June of 2021.

Qualifying Examination (QE)

The QE is still set to take place in Prometric testing centers next January. Prometric has taken all necessary precautions to adjust the number of people within one testing center at a time to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Check our QE page for timelines and more information.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery In-service Training Examination (OMSITE)

The OMSITE is still set to take place in Prometric testing centers next March. Prometric has taken all necessary precautions to adjust the number of people within one testing center at a time to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Check our OMSITE page for timelines and more information.

Certification Maintenance (CM)

The ABOMS CM process is not affected by COVID-19, as it is a process that is done completely online and at your own computer and on your own time throughout the year. ABOMS has eliminated the Recertification Examination that was done in person, with the last administration having been in 2019.

All Diplomates with time-limited certificates are expected to complete their CM requirements by the end of the year. Visit our CM page and your Diplomate profile for more information and to complete your requirements.

Upcoming Meetings or Other Events

We are all hoping to begin having more in-person events this year so we can all see each other again as we normally would. In the meantime, and until we are fully back together, we will provide virtual webinars or workshops as needed and will keep everyone informed.

Regarding events surrounding the AAOMS Annual Meeting, visit the AAOMS website for updated information.

The AAOMS website also provides other COVID-related resources on their web page here.

FAQs

Can I still sign up for the 2021 OCE now that it has been moved to August?

No, the 2021 OCE applications are closed. You will beable to sign up for the February 2022 OCE starting in June.

If I get sick before the OCE can I get a refund?

Because of the planning and resources that go intoscheduling and putting together the OCE, we are not able to refund Candidateswho are not able to make it to their examination time. You will be given theopportunity to take the examination during the next administration.

What kind of safety precautions will be in place for those of us taking the 2021 OCE?

For the 2021 OCE, ABOMS is ensuring a safe testingenvironment by using COVID precautions throughout its administration.Candidates will be given more information when they are sent their examinationdate this June.

Will there be a remote option for any upcoming examinations?

As of now, we do not plan to offer any futureexaminations remotely. ABOMS will continue monitoring the Covid situation andwill update this if needed.

Do I still need to complete Certification Maintenance?

Yes, because CM is done completely through yourDiplomate profiles, it is not affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and willcontinue as planned. All CM requirements must be completed by the end of theyear.

Will the events surrounding the AAOMS Annual Meeting still be taking place?

Visit the AAOMS website for updates at www.aaoms.org. As of now, the 2021 AnnualMeeting in Nashville is still set to take place in person. If anything changesor if any ABOMS events during the Meeting will instead become virtual events,ABOMS will inform you.