Certificate of Added Qualifications in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery

Are you an ABOMS Diplomate with a practice emphasis on providing head and neck oncologic and reconstructive surgery? If so, you may want to distinguish yourself among your peers by earning the ABOMS Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery.

The ABOMS CAQ in Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery is a secure, valid examination to test the applicant's knowledge in central principles of the specialty. The examination is made up of 100 questions. 

Pathology - 70 Questions

  • Benign Lesions of Hard Tissue (odontogenic tumors; vascular lesions)
  • Salivary Gland (minor and major salivary gland tumors)
  • Malignant Lesions of  Hard Tissue (sarcomas of the facial skeleton; squamous cell carcinoma of the jaws; metastatic lesions)
  • Malignant Lesions of Soft Tissue (melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer; oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma; thyroid and parathyroid tumors; vascular lesions; neural lesions; metastatic lesions)
  • Chemoradiation (induction chemotherapy; concomitant chemoradiation therapy; IMRT; the unknown primary cancer; nasopharyngeal and hypo-pharyngeal cancer)

Reconstruction - 30 Questions

  • Non-vascularized Grafts
  • Free Vascularized Flaps
  • Pedicle Flaps

All applicants (whether holding an unlimited or time-limited Diplomate Certification) that successfully pass the CAQ examination will be issued a ten year time-limited CAQ certificate. The effective date of the certificate will be January 1st of the year following the examination. 

For more information and a complete outline of eligibility criteria download the CAQ Handbook.

Meet the H&N CAQ Committee

Kevin Arce

Rochester,  MN

Allen Cheng

Portland, OR

Daniel Hammer

San Diego, CA

Arshad Kaleem

Miami, FL

Roderick Kim

Forth Worth, TX

Hisham Marwan

Houston, TX

Ashish Patel

Portland, OR

Brian Schmidt 

New York, NY


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