College of Diplomates Manual For Candidates for Certification as a

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Table 1. Functions of Mentoring


Teach Sponsor Encourage Counsel Befriend______________

model protect inspire listen accept

inform support challenge probe relate

confirm promote affirm clarify

prescribe advise

To successfully carry out the mentoring process, we must fulfill each of the mentoring functions. These functions are accomplished within a support framework comprised of three categories of factors: Personal, Functional and Relational. The objectives within the structural framework of Personal Factors include the need for the mentor to promote confidence building, creativity, fulfillment of potential, self-development, and a certain amount of risk-taking. In the Functional category, the mentor must teach, coach, counsel, support, advise, sponsor, guide and provide resources. Finally, in the Relational category, the mentor must facilitate mutual trust and sharing.

The rewards reaped by the mentor for the substantial time and effort that go into the mentoring process are highlighted by the thrill and pride resulting from seeing one’s protégé succeed. Of great significance is the opportunity that mentoring provides in repaying a past debt to his or her mentor for having been competently mentored at an earlier time. The enjoyment and excitement that one will experience for nurturing a fellow endodontist through the Board certification process are sufficient paybacks for the many hours devoted to the effort.


  1. Find out which part of the certification process the candidate is preparing for:

  1. Prepare yourself to help your candidate by thoroughly reviewing the material that is provided in this mentoring guide.

  1. Go over the details of this particular examination phase with the candidate: what is expected?

  1. Recall and share your own successful experience in pursuing Board certification- what did you do to prepare?

  1. For the written exam, share the multitude of resources provided in the “Mentor’s Guide,” including the comprehensive list of websites and selected references.

  1. For the case histories portfolio, first be sure that the requirements, in terms of proper cases and categories, are met. Then go over each case critically: Using the ABE Case History Portfolio Guidelines is essential. The guidelines are available in a PDF format on the ABE’s website. Both the mentor and the candidate must use the submission checklist contained in the guidelines for each and every case. Are the films/prints/images acceptable? Do dates on images match entries in the text? .Is the treatment of high quality? Are the cases consistent with the level expected of a specialist or could a general dentist have done it? Never tell a candidate that his/her portfolio is going to pass! Only the ABE examiners can make that decision.

  1. For the oral examination, giving the candidate an opportunity to experience a “mock Board” with you as the examiner is critical to their success.

  1. Enjoy the experience of helping an endodontic colleague.

American Board of Endodontics

On July 10, 1956, the American Board of Endodontics was incorporated in the state of Illinois. The American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying Board for the specialty of endodontics.
The American Board of Endodontics is one of the nine specialty Boards recognized by the American Dental Association. The activities of the ABE conform to the “Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists” of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education applicable to specialty Boards in dentistry.
The purpose of the ABE is to assure the public that the endodontists it certifies have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill, and expertise in the specialty of endodontics and to progressively raise the quality of patient care.
Value of Board Certification
To achieve Diplomate status, an endodontist has shown great inner motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth. A Board Certified endodontist understands the importance of:

  • Achieving the highest level of knowledge and skill possible

  • Continually pursuing new knowledge and experience

  • Fully understanding and applying new research and advances in the practice of endodontics, and

  • Ensuring the highest possible quality of care for the patient.


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