Diplomates of ABOMS

Commitment to Lifelong Learning, Knowledge and Growth

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.

Becoming a Diplomate

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.

Annual Registration

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).

Diplomate Merchandise

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 and pins to display their achievement. They also my request a press release and/or logo files at no charge. 

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CAQ also available

Diplomate Pin


Are you interested in purchasing any of the merchandise? Certificates and pins are available in the online store within your Diplomate profile. Press release requests can be sent to Courtney Walsh at cwalsh@aboms.org. A sample press release can be found in your Diplomate profile in the Resources section.  Diplomates may also request the ABOMS logo at no charge by emailing info@aboms.org. Please read our logo policy here.


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Certification Maintenance

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.

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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.

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Examination Committee

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.

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2024 Annual Registration

Annual Registration for 2024 is open through March 31, 2024.

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Change of Diplomate Status

Are you a Diplomate who needs to update your status with the Board? Contact the ABOMS administrative office at info@aboms.org.