What it means to be Board Certified

Upon graduating as an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, a voluntary examination by ones’ peers is conducted by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The first step is to apply for a written examination. Candidates applying for the examination must provide evidence of graduation from an accredited Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Training program. After passing the written examination, one qualifies to take the 8 hour Oral Board examination the following year. By passing the examination, the title of “Diplomate” is bestowed on to the candidate by the American Board Of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

The mission of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is to assure the public of safe and optimal care through the development and maintenance of high standards of certification and re-certification of Diplomates in the specialty.

The objective of the ABOMS is to elevate the standards of oral and maxillofacial surgery through a certification and continued maintenance of certification process through which the candidate receives the “Diplomate” status. By becoming a diplomate, having been through an extensive testing process by ones’ peers, the intention of the ABOMS to foster excellence and encourage learning, thus promoting the delivery of superior health care is maintained.

To meet the objectives of the ABOMS, every Diplomate must re-certify by taking an 8 hour re-certification examination every 10 years.


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