Latest Clinical Exam Updates
CERTIFICATION RENEWAL OPTIONS
The Certification Renewal Examination requirements will be updated in 2017 in order to allow options which each encourage lifelong learning and continued self-evaluation. The exam may be taken within two (2) years prior to the expiration date printed on Time-Limited board certified orthodontist’s certificates.
VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATION RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS
The Voluntary Certification Renewal requirements will be updated in 2017 to now match the mandatory Certification Renewal options. Voluntary Certification Renewal applies to all orthodontists with Lifetime certifications.
BCOE WEB-BASED RE-EXAMINATION
Examinees that are required to re-take the Board Case Oral Exam (BCOE) portion of the Clinical Examination may now do so online. Travel to St. Louis will no longer be required to fulfill this component. The exam will generally follow the same format as the in-person BCOE but will be done on a conference call and live Join.me session. The examinee will be given control of the computer and will be able to review the case for the first 20 minutes. At this time the examinee may formulate their notes on the Examinee Worksheet that will be provided to them prior to the start of the exam. After case review is complete, the examiners will ask a series of questions relating to the case.
FINAL DIGITAL MODELS
The ABO is now accepting pretreatment, interim and final digital models. The final digital models must adhere to the guidelines outlined in Digital Model Requirements and are only accepted at this time when accompanied by either plaster models or a 3D printed stereolithic reproduction of the occlusal result (see 3D-Printing Stereolithic Final Models).
In addition to the Initial Certification Examination, the ABO is now offering a Craniofacial Clinical Examinations as an additional way to complete ABO Board Certification. This will begin with the September 2016 Examination.