After obtaining a degree in dentistry, a dentist must complete an additional two-year residency in the specialty of Endodontics to become an Endodontist. Board Certification is not required of an Endodontic Specialist, therefore, not all Endodontists are Board Certified.
Board Certification is a voluntary process that tests a clinicians' knowledge and abilities above and beyond the scope of the required two-year residency. How do Dr. Starr's qualifications as a Board Certified specialist differ from other Endodontists? How does Board Certification benefit you as a patient? Here are some answers...
What is the American Board of Endodontics?
The American Association of Endodontists sponsors the American Board of Endodontics. Founded in 1956, the American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying board for the specialty of endodontics and is one of the nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association.
The purpose of the ABE is to assure the public that the endodontists it certifies have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise in the specialty of endodontics, and to progressively raise the quality of patient care.
What is a Board Certified Endodontist?
An Endodontist who has satisfied all requirements of the Certification process of the ABE, has been declared Board Certified by the Directors of the ABE, and maintains Board Certification. This individual is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
What is the Value of Board Certification?
To achieve Diplomate status, an Endodontist has shown great inner motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth. A Board-Certified Endodontist understands the importance of:
- Achieving the highest level of knowledge and skill possible
- Continually pursuing new knowledge and experience
- Fully understanding and applying new research and advances to the practice of endodontics
- Providing the highest possible quality of care for the patient
What are the Requirements to Become Board Certified in Endodontics?
Certification, a voluntary process, requires a review of the Endodontists' education and successful completion of the three-part examination process:
Written Examination: A four-hour examination that tests a broad range of knowledge in anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, statistics, clinical endodontics and related disciplines.
Case History Examination: Presentation of a diverse range of complex cases from the Endodontists' own practice that demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics.
Oral Examination: The Endodontist is required to demonstrate a high level of skill in endodontic diagnosis, evaluation, analysis, creativity, decision-making and problem solving.
Upon successful completion of all three examinations the Endodontist is certified as a "Diplomate of The American Board of Endodontics." Certification as a Diplomate signifies a unique achievement.
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