The second step in becoming a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is taking the Oral Certifying Examination. A Candidate has three consecutive years following successful completion of the Qualifying Examination in which he or she can take and pass the Oral Certifying Examination (OCE). The ABOMS Administrative Office must receive the Candidate's completed OCE application by a specific deadline in order for the individual to sit for the examination.
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The OCE is an oral based examination designed to test a Candidate's knowledge and judgement in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The test is comprised of four 50-minute examinations covering four surgery sections.