Board Certification requires successful completion of the following three examinations:
The Written Examination contains 200 questions. The subject areas include anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, general and oral pathology, microanatomy, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology, vascular and neurophysiology, pulpal and periradicular pathophysiology, radiology, oral medicine, biostatistics, clinical endodontics, dental materials related to endodontics, related dental disciplines, and classic and current literature.
Case History Examination
Candidates are required to submit documentation of 10 specific cases from their specialty practice of endodontics which demonstrate a broad spectrum of diagnostic, treatment, and evaluative procedures. The diversity and complexity of the cases must thoroughly document exceptional knowledge, skill, and expertise in the specialty of endodontics. The portfolio should also demonstrate that the Candidate is practicing the full scope of the specialty.
The Oral Examination is designed to assess the Candidate’s higher level cognitive skills including problem-solving, decision-making, and abilities to analyze and evaluate. Questions cover the scope of endodontics as described in the American Dental Association Accreditation Standards for Dental Education Programs. Examination questions are developed from a clinical case history that is presented to the Candidate. The questions are standardized, weighted, and based on competencies that define the level of knowledge expected of a Board-Certified endodontist. The examination requires the Candidate to demonstrate the ability to apply the basic and applied sciences to justify diagnostic and treatment decisions, formulate primary and secondary treatment plans, design clinical studies, assess short and long-term outcomes of patient care, and alter patient management approaches due to systemic or local pathologic conditions, psychological status, and ethical considerations.