Written & Oral Exams
Written Registration Is Currently - OPEN
Oral Registration Is Currently - CLOSED
Examination Date: To be determined
The mission of the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) is to enhance the quality of care and service provided to the public through certification of dentists in the field of Orofacial Pain.
The scope of knowledge necessary for the practice of Orofacial Pain was initially determined by a national practice survey of clinicians and teachers engaged in this field. In 1998, the original survey was refined by nationally recognized experts and reflected the most current clinical practice parameters. Recently, the American Dental Association, through the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), has designated Orofacial pain as an advanced area of dental education and has developed educational standards for advanced general dentistry education programs in Orofacial pain. Working with CODA standards, a Core Curriculum in Orofacial Pain has been accepted as the basis for advanced Orofacial Pain programs throughout the United States. The standards for approval of these programs may be found on the following link, beginning with Standard 2-5 on page 15 of that document: http://www.ada.org/sections/educationAndCareers/pdfs/op_proposed.pdf
The purposes of the ABOP Certification Program are:
To achieve these goals, the American Board of Orofacial Pain annually administers both a written and oral examination. Those who successfully pass this two-part examination, earn the designation of Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain with all the rights and privileges that come with that honor.
The Scope of Certification
The ABOP Certification Program has based the examination materials on the prevailing standard of Orofacial Pain management as defined by practice surveys and CODA Standards. The ABOP Board of Directors and Examination Council routinely collaborate with outside experts in relevant subject areas to formulate a certification process that will accurately reflect acceptable levels of scientific and clinical expertise in Orofacial Pain consistent with accepted legal and ethical principles recognized by the Board and CODA.
While the ultimate goal is improved patient care, no certification program can guarantee the competence of its Diplomates or treatment success. Due to rapid changes and advances in science and medical and dental knowledge, the ABOP does not certify that the examination will at all times represent the most current state of the art information in the field. The ABOP is receptive to any comments and constructive suggestions, whether from the profession or from the public at large.
The ABOP is not aligned with any professional organization and does not subscribe to any particular clinical construct.
The ABOP certification process is designed to conform to the joint technical standards on testing as set by the American Psychological Association.
Certification Examination candidates must fulfill ALL of the following requirements: