The ABOM administers a specialty certification process and examination in two parts (Part A and Part B see below) for qualified candidates who are accomplished in the field. Individuals who pass all requirements of this Board examination become Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Medicine. In order to challenge the ABOM certification examination, certain initial eligibility requirements must be met.

Requirements for ABOM Certification are as follows:

Section 1. Part A Requirements

  1. Graduation from an oral medicine program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or enrollment in the second year of a CODA accredited program.

  2. Membership in an appropriate Oral Medicine Organization

  3. Completed Application

  4. Payment of Registration Fees.

Section 2. Part B Requirements

  1. Graduation from an oral medicine program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

  2. Completion of Part A, or concomitant challenging of Part A of the ABOM Examination

  3. Evidence of oral medicine specialty clinical practice for a minimum of eighteen (18) months after receiving a certificate or degree. Such evidence might include a letter from a qualified colleague, usually the director of the program that trained the applicant (see sample letter).

  4. Membership in an appropriate Oral Medicine Organization

  5. Completed Application

  6. Payment of Registration Fees.

Registration Fees

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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Eligibility Duration

An applicant approved eligible will remain so for five (5) years from the date of the first opportunity to test. During this period, the candidate must take and successfully complete the entire examination or forfeit eligibility status, any paid examination fee and /or application fee.

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Upcoming Exams

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

  • 2024 AAOM Annual Conference
    April 16-17, 2024 in Orlando, FL

2023 ABOM Certification Exam

The ABOM Certification Exam will take place in-person at the 2023 AAOM Annual Conference in Savannah, GA. Dates for each part of the exam are listed below. More details on the precise schedule and how to prepare for the exam is coming soon.

  • Part A: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
  • Part B: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
           Applications are now closed.

Waiting to hear back regarding your exam application?

Exam applications are being accepted through the deadline. Notifications regarding acceptance will be emailed to applicants within one to two weeks after the application deadline has passed. 

Applicants must confirm their intention to appear for the examination by notifying the Secretary of the Board and remitting the examination fee for the Part(s) they have been accepted to take. All fees are payable to the American Board of Oral Medicine, Inc. A fee of $50.00 will be charged if the examination fee is not received within 30 days of the examination.

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