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Exam Process - The American Dental Board of Anesthesiology

General Information:

The Dental Anesthesiology Residency Graduate has six (6) years from the completion of residency training in which to apply for ADBA Candidate Status. The duration of candidate status is limited to six (6) years from the date of the first available written examination after application.

Every candidate is given one opportunity each calendar to complete the written examination and one opportunity each calendar year for the oral examination. Examination dates and times are listed in Examination Dates. If the written examination or the oral examination is not successfully passed within three (3) attempts, the candidate’s application is void. All candidates must satisfy the oral examination requirement within six (6) years from the date of the first available written examination after application.

The written examination may be taken after successful completion of anesthesiology residency, providing all initial application criteria are met. Additionally, the written examination can be taken within six (6) months of anticipated residency completion if appropriate criteria are met. See Requirements for Examination.

The oral examination can be taken only after successful completion of the written examination and a minimum of six (6) months of independent anesthesia practice. All candidates for the oral examination must have all documentation required as detailed in Requirements for Examination.

The written and oral examinations must be completed within the six (6) year time limitation, or the application will be declared void.  See Failure of Examinations for further information.

The Initial Application Process:

The candidate must submit the ADBA Initial Application for Certification, with supporting documentation and fees, within six (6) years of completion of residency training. If the candidate passes the written examination within the prescribed time frame, the candidate may then submit the ADBA Initial Application for Oral Examination, with appropriate fees, prior to the next available oral examination.

Filing and Documentation Deadlines:

The Candidate must submit the appropriate examination application, along with all supporting documents and payment postmarked at least sixty (60) days prior to the Written Examination date or one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the Oral Examination date. For dates and times of upcoming examinations, see Examination Dates.

If the candidate is unable to take the written examination for which they applied, they must notify the ADBA as soon as possible by contacting the Executive Director. Their application for examination will be voided and they must then apply for Repeat Written Examination. The missed examination will not be credited as a failure but will count against the six year limit for completion of the Board Certification process. Missed examinations due to emergency circumstances will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Fees:

The ADBA is a non-profit organization and all fees are used to support the functions of the ADBA.

Initial Application Fee $200
Written Examination Fee $500
Oral Examination Fee $1500

The Initial Application Fee of two hundred dollars ($200) is non-refundable once formal notice has been given by the ADBA regarding acceptance of the application.  If the application is deemed to be insufficient, or the Candidate is deemed ineligible, the Written Examination Fee of five hundred dollars ($500) will be refunded; however, the Initial Application Fee of two hundred dollars ($200) is non-refundable.

The Written Examination Fee is five hundred dollars ($500) which permits entrance to the Written Examination. Full payment must be received sixty (60) days prior to the date of examination. The application fee is non-refundable.

The Oral Examination Fee is one thousand, five hundred dollars ($1500) which permits entrance to the Oral Examination. Full payment must be received with the application within one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the date of examination.

The examination fee for repeat examinations is the same as the fee for the initial Written or Oral examination as appropriate.

Confirmation of acceptance for examination will be made once the application is determined to be complete and fees have been paid. If further information is required, the applicant will be immediately notified. Notification may be made by phone and/or sent either electronically via email and/or by standard mail.

Withdrawal:

If the Candidate is unable to take an examination for which they applied prior to the application deadline, they must notify the ADBA as soon as possible by contacting the Executive Director. The application will be voided, and the examination entrance fee will be credited for the next examination date. The Candidate must then apply for a Repeat Written Examination or Repeat Oral Examination.  The missed examination will not be credited as a failure, but will count against the six (6) year limit for completion of the Board Certification process.

 The Candidate forfeits half of the paid examination fee, if they withdraw from an examination after either (a.) the application deadline, or (b.) formal notice granting entrance to the examination, whichever is closer to the examination date. The remaining half of the examination fee will be credited towards the Candidate’s examination fee the following year.  The Candidate must pay in full prior to being granted entrance to the exam the following year.  If the Candidate fails to do so, the remaining examination fee will be forfeited. If a candidate withdraws 30 days prior to the exam the exam fee is forfeited. Failure to show up for an exam for which a candidate has been accepted will result in a failure of that exam and will count towards a candidate’s three attempts.

Due to extremely extenuating circumstances, a Candidate may apply for a waiver, which is rarely granted outside of a death in the immediate family, jury duty, military duty, or quarantine.  The Candidate may be asked to provide supporting documentation per the request of the ADBA.  Any granted waiver does NOT extend the time parameters for successful completion of the board certification process.

Results of Examination:

The results of examinations will be sent by mail to each candidate no later than sixty (60) days following the examination.

Failure of Examinations:

If the Candidate fails to pass the initial Written Examination, the ADBA Repeat Written Examination Application must be postmarked within sixty (60) days prior to the date in which the examination will take place. The Written Examination may be retaken up to two additional times. It is recommended that a comprehensive anesthesia review course be completed for those Candidates who fail the Written Examination. If the Written Examination is not successfully passed within three attempts, the Candidate’s application is void, and they are not eligible for the Oral Examination.

If the Candidate fails to pass their initial Oral Examination attempt, the ADBA Repeat Oral Examination Application must be postmarked within one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to the date in which the examination will take place. The Oral Examination may be retaken up to two additional times, or within the total six (6) year time limit, whichever comes first.

Voided Application:

A voided application occurs when a Candidate does not complete the board process whether by:
(a.) unsuccessful completion of the Written or Oral Examination within the required six (6) years or three (3) attempts, or
(b.) passage of the Written Examination and failure to sit for the Oral Examination within the required six (6) years.
Following a voided application, potential Candidates for board certification must reestablish eligibility prior to submitting a subsequent application.

Reestablishing Eligibility:

A Candidate may reestablish eligibility, one (1) year following notification of a voided application, to start the board certification process again by:
(a.) documentation of continuous practice of anesthesiology (as defined in “Clinical Requirements” below), and
(b.) documentation of a minimum of forty (40) hours of continuing education in “Approved Courses” (as listed in the Recertification Requirements) within the one (1) year prior to submitting their application for re-examination.

Clinical requirements for reestablishing eligibility includes documentation of 200 cases within the year prior to submitting application:

Clinical requirements for reestablishing eligibility includes documentation of two hundred (200) cases within the one (1) year prior to submitting an application:
(a.) demonstrating deep sedation/intubated and/or non-intubated general anesthesia for adult and pediatric patients (defined as seven years and under), and
(b.) fifty (50) cases of which must involve anesthesia for dentistry.

Appeals:

Individuals whose applications are denied or deferred may appeal this decision to the Board. The appeal must be in writing and must be made within thirty (30) days of notification of denial or deferral. The appeal should be sent to the ADBA Executive Director.

An applicant failing an examination by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology has the right to appeal. The appeal must be in writing, must include the grounds for the appeal, and must be made within thirty (30) days of notification of failure. The appeal should be sent to the ADBA Executive Director.