American Board of Orthodontics: Time for change. Academic Article uri icon


  • The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) works to certify orthodontists in a fair, reliable, and valid manner. The process must examine an orthodontist's knowledge, abilities, and critical thinking skills to ensure that each certified orthodontist has the expertise to provide the highest level of patient care. Many medical specialty boards and 4 American Dental Association specialty boards use scenario-based testing for board certification. Changing to a scenario-based clinical examination will allow the ABO to test more orthodontists. The new process will not result in an easier examination; standards will not be lowered. It will offer an improved testing method that will be fair, valid, and reliable for the specialty of orthodontics while increasing accessibility and complementing residency curricula. The ABO's written examination will remain as it is.

published proceedings

  • Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop

author list (cited authors)

  • Chung, C., Tadlock, L. P., Barone, N., Pangrazio-Kulbersh, V., Sabott, D. G., Foley, P. F., ... Dugoni, S. A.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Chung, Chun-Hsi||Tadlock, Larry P||Barone, Nicholas||Pangrazio-Kulbersh, Valmy||Sabott, David G||Foley, Patrick F||Trulove, Timothy S||Park, Jae Hyun||Dugoni, Steven A

publication date

  • January 2018