American Board of Orthodontics: Update on the new scenario-based clinical examination. Academic Article uri icon


  • The American Board of Orthodontics has updated its clinical examination process to remove barriers to the case-based examination, strengthen the specialty, and further distinguish board-certified orthodontists from other dental practitioners providing orthodontic care. The ABO adopted a scenario-based clinical examination and discontinued case requirements. The first new exam was administered in February 2019. It consisted of 6 scenarios with 4-7 questions for each scenario. The scenarios represent a variety of problems and patients, and the questions relate to data gathering and diagnosis, treatment objectives and planning, treatment implementation and management, and critical analysis and outcomes assessment. Feedback from the February 2019 exam was positive, and 4 more have been scheduled. For more information about the ABO certification process, go to

published proceedings

  • Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • June 2019