Certification Maintenance

Ongoing Process of Learning and Assessment

Certification-Maintenance.jpgThe ABOMS Board Certification process assures the public that certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons (OMS) have successfully completed a rigorous peer evaluation process by requiring surgeons to present and maintain appropriate professional credentials, and demonstrate the requisite training, experience and knowledge.

During its meetings in 2016, the Board reviewed the ABOMS Certification Maintenance (CM) process for relevance and consistency. ABOMS has adopted objectives designed to improve the CM process by creating a more meaningful and engaging program. With the aim of developing a CM process that is both contemporary and educational, the ABOMS eliminated the high stakes examination after its 2019 administration.

Diplomate profiles are now the platform for all CM activities. Any Diplomate who holds a time-limited certificate is required to complete the components of CM to maintain their status with ABOMS.

The following assessment areas are still integral to the CM process.

Four Areas of Assessment

Certification Maintenance is a continuous process of learning, self-assessment and testing that proceeds over a 10-year period, during which Diplomates must fulfill specified requirements in certain years of the cycle. It is designed to affirm a surgeon’s continued competency after certification and contains four areas of assessment:

  • Evidence of Professional Standing
  • Evidence of Lifelong Learning
  • Evidence of Cognitive Expertise
  • Evaluation of Performance in Practice

Fulfilling Requirements

Fulfillment of the requirements of Certification Maintenance (CM) will promote a Diplomate’s participation in lifelong learning, allow the assessment of their expertise in clinical practice in designated areas, and quantify their ability to apply both their knowledge and experience in the current setting of oral and maxillofacial surgery practice. CM also verifies that a candidate is licensed to practice the specialty within a stipulated jurisdiction. Successful fulfillment of the CM requirement allows a Diplomate to maintain one's status as Board certified.

Click here to view the Certification Maintenance handbook.


How to Maintain Certification

Find out what it takes to maintain board certification as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon through ABOMS.

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Learn more about fees associated with Certification Maintenance, need-to-know stats and important dates.

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2024 Annual Registration

Annual Registration is open through March 31. You can submit your registration, as well as CM requirements, through your Diplomate profile.

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