Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) are committed to lifelong learning, keeping current in knowledge and skills, and practicing in a safe and contemporary manner. ABOMS assures our Diplomates' commitment to these goals through the Certification Maintenance process.
Board Certification by ABOMS requires successful completion of the Qualifying Examination and Oral Certifying Examinations. Once certified by ABOMS, a Candidate officially becomes an ABOMS Diplomate and must participate in Certification Maintenance.
The American Dental Association, Council on Dental Education and Licensure requires that all recognized dental specialty certifying boards maintain a yearly registration of Diplomates. Registration is a mechanism to gather data on practice activities, addresses, further credentialing designations, and licensure. The registration fee is determined by the Board of Directors. Completion of Annual Registration entitles Diplomates to receive all publications and other services provided by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).
Board Certification is the distinction that an oral and maxillofacial surgeon passed intensive application and examination processes that demonstrates the doctor's knowledge and experience required to practice in the specialty. Diplomates can purchase additional certificates, brochures and pins to display their achievement.
Certification Maintenance is a continuous process of learning, self-assessment and testing, designed to affirm an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon’s continued competency after certification.Learn More
The Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery is designed for ABOMS Diplomates who have demonstrated significant qualifications in this specialized area.Learn More
Members of the ABOMS Examination Committee are hand selected by the Board to help develop and administer examinations that test a surgeon’s expertise in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.Learn More