Exam Re-Take Application

A candidate may retake up to three (3) subject sections of either Part A or Part B twice. Any candidate failing four (4) or more sections of either Part A or Part B must retake that entire examination. In the event of failure to pass the original examination, the candidate may be admitted for re-examination within a period of 3 years after the original examination. There is a non-refundable $300 re-examination fee for each Part A and Part B. The maximum number of exam components of either Part A or Part B, which can be re-tested, is three (3). Four (4) or more sections require complete retake of that examination. A candidate can re-test twice (total of 3 attempts to complete the entire exam). After the third unsuccessful attempt, the candidate must initiate a new application process including new fees, and show proof of additional training to qualify for additional examinations.

Requirements for ABOM Certification are as follows:

Section 1. General Requirements

  1. Moral and ethical standing satisfactory to the Board.
  2. Graduation from an oral medicine program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and recognized by the American Board of Oral Medicine.
  3. License to practice dentistry in any state or territory of the United States or in any nation with equivalent standards.
  4. Membership in good standing in any oral medicine association/group.

Section 2. Specific Requirements

  1. A candidate for retaking the Part A Board examination must be currently enrolled in the 2nd year of an accredited oral medicine program or candidates who have completed an accredited oral medicine program, belong to an oral medicine group or association and has already taken and not passed the Part A exam. 
  2. A candidate for retaking any part of Part B (or concurrent Parts A and B) Board certification must have obtained a certificate of successful completion of postgraduate study in oral medicine from a program accredited by the American Board of Oral Medicine, belong to an oral medicine group or association and has already taken and not passed the Part B exam.
  3. A candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the examination requirements of the Board.
Apply for the ABOM examination:
The ABOM exam will be held on: Tuesday April 4, 2017 (Part A), Wednesday, April 5, 2017 (Part B) in conjunction with the American Academy of Oral Medicine annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. You can view the entire 2017 annual conference schedule here

Deadlines:  
March 1, 2017 for application and application fee submission.
All Fee are non-refundable.


The following must be received no later than March 1, 2017 in order to sit for the 2017 exam:

  1. Re-Examination fee ($300 for Part A or $600 for Parts A and B), via debit/credit card or check payable to the American Board of Oral Medicine due by March 1, 2017. This fee is non-refundable.
  2. Completed re-examination application form
  3. Evidence of membership in good standing with an oral medicine group or association