H&N CAQ

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 administered to Board applicants to test their knowledge in central priniciples 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; sqamous cell carcinoma of the jaws; metastatic lesions)
  • Malignant Lesions of Soft Tissue (melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer; oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma; throid and parathyroid tumors; vascular lesions; neural lesions; metastatic lesions)
  • Chemo-radiation (induction chemotherapy; concomitant chemo-radiation therapy; IMRT; the unknown primary cancer; nasopharyngeal and hypo-pharyngeal cancer)

Reconstruction - 30 Questions

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

All applicants (whether holding an unlimited or time-limited Diplomate Certification) that successfully passes 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.


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CAQ Application and Examination Dates
Examination Application And Application Fee Period April 1, 2018 through June 1, 2020
ABOMS Application Review Completion Deadline June 30, 2020
Applicant Notification of Approval/Denial Deadline July 14, 2020
Examination Administration October 4, 2020 at Annual Meeting in San Antonio
Examination Results Communicated December 3, 2020
Certification Effective Date January 1, 2021