Certification

The American Board of Oral Medicine (ABOM) administers a certification process for dentists who are accomplished in the field. Individuals who pass all requirements of this Board become Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Medicine.

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 Part A Board certification must have met all Section 1 general requirements, and must be currently enrolled in or have completed postgraduate study in oral medicine from a program accredited by the American Board of Oral Medicine. 
  2. A candidate for 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. 
  3. A candidate must have engaged in the practice of the specialty of oral medicine for a minimum of eighteen (18) months after receiving the certificate or degree in oral medicine before applying for the Part B examination. 
  4. A candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the examination requirements of the Board.

Apply for the ABOM Examination

Upcoming Exams

2022 AAOM Annual Conference
May 3-7, 2022 in Memphis, Tennesee

2023 AAOM Annual Conference
May 2-6, 2023 in Savannah, Georgia

Apply for the 2022 ABOM Certification Exam

The ABOM Certification Exam will take place in-person at the 2022 AAOM Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Dates for each part of the exam are listed below. More details on the precise schedule and how to prepare for the exam coming soon.

  • Part A: Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Part B: Wedenesday, May 4, 2022
Apply Now

Applications and fees due by 11:59 PM Pacific Time on February 8, 2022.

Fee Guide (Effective 2021 Exams) Fee
Application Fee $200.00 USD
Part A Examination $800.00 USD
Part B Examination $800.00 USD
Total Fee for initial application* $1800.00 USD
Retake of Part A or Part B $750.00 USD


*If you register for both Part A & Part B together, you only pay the application fee once, saving $200 over registering for the two parts separately.

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