Part II Oral Examination
The ABOI/ID part II oral examination rotates candidates through a series of case stations comprised of standardized cases developed by the ABOI/ID and defense of multiple cases that the candidate submits to the Board. The process calls for candidates to defend a diagnosis and a treatment plan and then apply in-depth clinical knowledge and judgment to cases. During the examination, candidates are expected to integrate their knowledge of science and the current literature into their responses to the examiners' questions.
At each station there will be a pair of examiners who pose questions to the candidate and discuss aspects of each of the following categories:
• Comprehensive medical and dental history evaluation
• Medical management
• Treatment planning
• Implant surgery
• Postoperative care
• Prosthetic restoration
• Revision treatment planning
Candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to these questions and defend their answers. Their answers (and any discussion) must reflect an in-depth level of knowledge in implant dentistry and exemplify that they possess skills and abilities at the level of proficiency.
For candidates’ responses in each of the bulleted categories, the examiners will provide ratings of “4” (Excellent), “3” (Satisfactory), “2” (Marginal), or “1” (Unsatisfactory). The candidate’s two examiners will determine their ratings independently.
After the examination, the Board’s psychometrician will use a multifaceted statistical model to analyze the candidate’s scores. This state-of-the-art statistical analysis controls for the difficulty of the case, the difficulty of the category, and the severity of the rater. Both parts of the certification examination are criterion-referenced. This means that all candidates are evaluated according to the same pre-established standards, rather than being compared to the performance of the other candidates. On an annual basis, Parts I and II of the examination are constructed through the coordinated efforts of two test construction committees (TCC’s). Each of these committees is comprised of Diplomates who are subject-matter experts. The Board’s psychometrician provides information on the measurement characteristics of the items, cases, and the examinations. The TCCs evaluate the examinations each year so that the currency and relevancy of the exams can be maintained.
The Board recommends that, in preparation for the examinations, candidates study the current literature and textbooks in the field of implant dentistry.
Successful candidates are awarded an eight-year time-limited Diplomate certificate.