College of Diplomates Manual For Candidates for Certification as a



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Prospective Board Candidate:

A student enrolled in their final year of an advanced education program in endodontics accredited by the Commission of Dental Accreditation of the ADA whose application and payment of the written examination fee have been accepted and approved by the Board.


Educationally Qualified Endodontist:

An endodontist who has successfully completed an advanced education program in endodontics accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA.


Board Eligible Endodontist:

An Educationally Qualified Endodontist whose application and credentials have the approval of the Board.


Board Certified Endodontist:

An endodontist who has satisfied all requirements of the certification process of the ABE, has been declared Board Certified by the Directors of the ABE, and maintains Board Certification. This individual is a Diplomate of the ABE.



Procedures for Certification




The ABE offers two “Tracks” for completing the Board certification requirements. Track One is the “traditional” track, which has the candidate take the written exam, submit the case portfolio and then finish the process by sitting for the Oral exam. Track Two has the candidate submit their case portfolio first, then take the written and finally sit for the Oral exam.


Changes in the certification process effective April 22, 2007

  • The four-year identification requirement with the specialty of endodontics is eliminated.

  • The Final Application is due after Part II, not Part I.


Existing Time Line New Time Line


Preliminary Application

Submitted Before 2006




Preliminary Application

Submitted 2006 or After

Step

Maximum Time




Step

Maximum Time

Part I

3 years




Part I

3 years

Final Application

1 year




Part II

6 years

Part II

3 years




Final Application

1 year

Part III

2 years




Part III

2 years
















Completion Range

3-10 years




Completion Range

1-10 years


Submitting an Application as a Student

A student enrolled in their final year of an ADA accredited endodontic program may submit a Prospective Board Candidate Application and examination fee to the ABE. Upon completion of the application, the student will be designated as a Prospective Board Candidate and be eligible to start the Board Certification process by taking the Written Examination (Track One).


Prospective Board Candidates have the remaining year following the date of the Written Examination to submit a Preliminary Application along with a notarized copy of their endodontic certificate and be declared Board Eligible.
Submitting an Application as a Educationally Qualified Endodontist

An Educationally Qualified Endodontist may submit a Preliminary Application along with verification of their educational qualifications to the ABE upon completion of his/her advanced endodontic program.


The Credentials Committee of the ABE will review the Preliminary Application of the applicant. If it is acceptable, the applicant will be declared Board Eligible and will be notified by the Secretary of the Board.
Final Application Requirements

Letters of recommendation from five dentists (at least two must be Board Certified endodontists) attesting to an applicant’s acceptable ethical and moral standing in the profession and community is required for approval of the Final Application.


Recertification:

Applicants making Preliminary Application on or after January 1, 1997, will be required to recertify every ten years from the date they are declared Diplomates by the American Board of Endodontics. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that Diplomates are current in the science and clinical practice of the specialty of endodontics.


The ABE Certificate:

A Certificate bearing the seal of the ABE and signatures of the Directors of the Board shall be awarded to each successful Candidate.


The Directors of the ABE shall have the power to suspend temporarily, or to revoke permanently, any certificate issued by the Board on presentation of sufficient evidence that the person in whose name the certificate is issued has not fulfilled the requirements of the Board, or has ceased to conduct an ethical practice according to the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct. The certificate remains the property of the ABE and must be surrendered upon revocation. The Diplomate has the right to appeal the suspension/revocation of certification
The Title – Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics:

Diplomates are permitted to use the following designation, “Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics” on stationery, business cards, patient literature, directories and announcements. In all references to Board Certification, the ABE requires Diplomates to adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct adopted by the American Dental Association.





Examinations
Board Certification requires successful completion of three examinations:


  • Written Examination: A four hour examination that tests a broad range of fields, including anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, statistics clinical endodontics, and related disciplines. The focus of the examination is on the biomedical sciences and their relationship to the specialty of endodontics.  In preparation the candidate has the opportunity to review the biologic basis pulp and periradicular pathosis and as well as systemic disease, diagnosis, and treatment.  This permits a consolidation and correlation of knowledge in the biologic and clinical sciences provided during their residency program.  Often during a training program students are focused on a discipline based educational process.  Board preparation results in the integration of knowledge from varied disciplines and often removes the myopic view of patient care. 



  • Case History Examination: Presentation of a broad range of treatments from the applicant’s own practice that demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics. The development of a case history portfolio provides the candidate with an opportunity to demonstrate exceptional skill and expertise in endodontics.  The required clinical procedures requires the individual to diagnose, treatment plan, and treat wide variety of complex patients.  It increases their confidence level and helps them organize data, interpret the results, and execute a treatment plan.  The required recall re-enforces the need to confirm the inflammatory process of pulp and periradicular disease and assess the outcome of treatment.



  • Oral Examination: A team of experts question the applicant about a variety of endodontic diagnosis and treatment situations. Throughout the extensive interviews, a high level of skill in problem solving, decision-making, analysis, creativity, and evaluation are required. The oral examination is designed to evaluate the candidate’s critical thinking and problem solving abilities.  In preparation the candidate often reviews the dental and endodontic literature.  This results in critical evaluation of treatment procedures and provides justification for procedures.  It is basis for evidence based endodontics.  The candidate also moves beyond the role of student and develops skills permitting them to be independent life-long learners and decision makers, free of a formalized educational process involving a mentor.

Upon completion of all three examinations, the endodontist earns the Certificate of the Board and the title “Diplomate of The American Board of Endodontics”. Certification as a Diplomate signifies a unique achievement.






Resources for Candidates



Review Courses
Academic Review of Endodontology

(Bender, Seltzer, Grossman)

When: September (2-1/2 days)
Sponsor: Albert Einstein Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania

Temple University


Location: Philadelphia, PA

Lectures given by internationally known

educators/researchers/clinicians
Topics Covered: Endodontic microbiology and immunology, management of medically compromised patients, pain, pulp and periradicular pathology, fascial space infections, trauma, pharmacology, bone biology, information on the certification process. Recent courses have included a session sponsored by the College of Diplomates on “Tips for Preparing for the Certifying Examinations of the American Board of Endodontics.”
Further Information: 215-456-6620

Review of the Biologic and Clinical Aspects of Endodontology
When: March (3 days)
Sponsor: Division of Endodontics, University of Michigan

School of Dentistry


Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Lectures given by internationally known

educators/researchers/clinicians
Topics Covered: clinical aspects of endodontic procedures, management of the medically compromised patient, pharmacology, oral pathology, histology and physiology of the dentin-pulp complex, local anesthesia, surgical endodontics. Recent courses have included a session sponsored by the College of Diplomates on “Tips for Preparing for the Certifying Examinations of the American Board of Endodontics.”
Further Information: 313-763-5021

Endodontic Board Review and Scientific Update
When: Mid September
Sponsor: University of Maryland

Lectures are given by internationally known

educators/researchers/clinicians
Topics Covered: Endodontic microbiology and immunology, management of medically compromised patients, pain, pulp and periradicular pathology, fascial space infections, trauma, pharmacology, bone biology, information on the certification process. Recent courses have included a session sponsored by the College of Diplomates on “Tips for Preparing for the Certifying Examinations of the American Board of Endodontics.”
Further Information: 410-706-7047
Review Manuals and Other Aids
The Endodontic Topical Guide:

The Endodontic Topical Guide is an index of the Journal of Endodontics with over 2500 topics and keywords. For example, a topic such as root canal obturation has a list of over 80 references. The updated versions have abstracts of JOE articles from volumes 15 through 20. Volumes 21, 22, and 23 updates are also complete with abstracts. For further information, contact Applied Research Institute, 150 East 200 North, Suite G, Logan, UT 84231 (801-753-3861).


Online Services:

A wide variety of information can be obtained from online services, including oral pathology tutorials and other study guides. For example, Grateful Med® allows access to the National Library of Medicine’s collection of medical and health science information.


Check Websites for the following groups:
College of Diplomates of the ABE

American Association of Endodontists

American Dental Association

American Medical Association

Dental Education Resources on the Web

Dental Library

Dentistry On-Line

Grateful Med

Healthfinder

HIVDent


Internet Healthcare Directory

Medscape

Quintessence Publishers

Helpful Hints on the ABE Website lists study sources that new Diplomates found useful.


Texts, Journals and Suggested Review Articles
Attention should be directed to contemporary literature. Key topical areas should be included such as guided tissue regeneration, wound healing, antibiotic prophylaxis coverage, management of traumatized teeth and medically compromised patients. For examples of contemporary literature, please see our literature guide. Additionally, the following latest editions of these texts may prove as invaluable resources.
Trowbridge HO, Emling RC. Inflammation: a review of the process. Quintessence Publishing Company.
Ingle JI, Bakland LK. Endodontics. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.
Malamed SF. Handbook of local anesthesia. St.Louis: Mosby.
Malamed SF. Medical emergencies in the dental office. St.Louis: Mosby.
Gutmann JL, Dumsha T, Lovdahl P, Hovland E. Problem-solving in endodontics. St. Louis: Mosby.

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