Examination Components

Board Case Oral Examination (BCOE)

An assessment of the examinee's evaluation and treatment plan for one case provided by the ABO. This involves one complete set of case records presented to the examinee to evaluate and treatment plan. A successfully completed Board Case Oral Exam is only required one time in the ICE Clinical Examination process.


The BCOE Examinee Worksheet  will be provided for the case which contains four major areas that will be discussed by the examiners. The BCOE is an oral exam; therefore, this worksheet will be collected but not graded. Be reminded that your response for treatment objectives is not the mechanotherapy used to accomplish these objectives.


See: Sample Board Case Oral Exam #1



Case Report Examination (CRE)

A comprehensive evaluation of case records and reports for patients treated by the examinee. The Board's decision to evaluate an individual case as Complete or Incomplete is based upon multiple factors. Record quality and the ability to finish a case are important, but they are not the only aspects that are considered in the evaluation. Case management, a sound understanding of diagnosis, treatment planning and mechanotherapy are equally important and are discussed during the actual examination when cases are reviewed with the examinee.

High scores on individual segments, or combinations of individual segments, may cause a case to become incomplete. A score corresponding to complete in the Cast-Radiograph Evaluation and Case Management are determined at every clinical examination during a pre-exam calibration session of all examiners. Therefore, scores for cases evaluated as complete will vary from exam to exam and may range from:

27 or less for C-R Eval

7 or less for CMF; and

DI and case criteria are met


Case Report Oral Examination (CROE)

An assessment of the examinee's knowledge about the cases presented.