If you will be submitting an entirely new case (or cases) by mail to complete the criteria for your examination, you must assemble a traditional notebook presentation. Physical models are accepted in stone, plaster, or 3D printed stereolithic models that meet the requirements outline in ABO Digital Model Requirements.
If you are presenting resident cases or you are an orthodontic educator, further affidavit is required. See Affidavit for Recent Graduates or Affidavit for Educator Supervised Cases for details. Complete the affidavit and email or mail to the central office with your case(s).
There will be no oral examination, however, the ABO examiners reserve the right to contact you for any needed elaboration concerning the presented case(s).
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.
High scores on individual segments, or combinations of individual segments, may cause a case to become Incomplete. The following are required for a case to be Complete:
- 27 or less for C-R Eval
- 7 or less for CMF; and
- DI and case criteria are met