Become a Board Examiner

How to Become an Examiner

Are you a Diplomate interested in furthering your participation with the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery? Join the ABOMS Examination Committee. Members of the Examination Committee perform many important duties specific to the Board Certification process. 

The Board of Directors appoints new Examiners each spring following the OCE, and appointments are made for one-year terms. Applications can be completed online through your Diplomate profile, opening in August and closing in October.

Criteria for Becoming an Examiner

  • Be an active Diplomate  in good standing for at least 3 years
  • Pledge to maintain confidentiality
  • Demonstrate contemporary knowledge of oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Submit an application with referral form from 2 current or previous Examination Committee members (no current Board members)
  • Have no former or pending actions against any dental or medical license


How to Apply

2022-2023 Examination Committee applications will be available through your Diplomate profile, opening in August and closing in October. 

You will be asked to submit an application with referral form from 2 current or previous Examination Committee members (no current Board members).

Applicants will be notified in the spring. Applicants who were not selected must indicate their continued interest each year by emailing Raquel Kalfus at rkalfus@aboms.org. Every 3 years, applicants must submit a new application.

Becoming an Examiner

Once You've Become an Examiner

Newly appointed Examiners serve as item writers for the ABOMS computer-based examinations and Certification Maintenance processes, also known as Junior Examiners. Individuals who serve in this role have the opportunity to be appointed as an Examiner to the Oral Certifying Examination based on their performance as a Junior Examiner. A Diplomate must serve a minimum of 2 years as a Junior Examiner to be considered as an OCE Examiner. Junior Examiners are marked with an asterisk on the Examination Committee listing. 


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