May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


ABPD Update: Where has the time gone?

September 2013 Volume XLIX Number 5

 Over the summer, we all become quite busy with our practices, family vacations, and that never ending "to do" list. The year 2013 is more than half way gone so I thought it a good time to remind everyone of the upcoming deadlines. First, I would like to extend my personal congratulations to the 425 new Diplomates who have completed board certification over the past year; this is a great achievement of which to be proud. As a Diplomate, you are now enrolled in the four-part Renewal of Certification Process (ROC-P). Some of the ROC-P requirements are annual - with a November 30 deadline - while others have a 10-year window.

PART 1: The Annual Diplomate Renewal (ADR) Renewal comes up first in the calendar year but you may want to get a head start. Access to ROC-P will not be available until Part 1 has been successfully completed. Part 1 verifies that a current dental license is unencumbered and in good standing with your state dental board. You are required to pay the annual renewal fee and complete the Credentials Survey by January 31. As a convenience, this part is available on October 1 of the prior year. If you fail to meet the January 31 deadline, the following late fees apply in addition to the annual renewal fee: February: $50, March: $100, after March 31: $500.


PART 2: Continuing Education (CE) - 2 components The first component requires that 15 hours of CE be logged into the ROC-P portfolio every year. The 15 hours must be directly related to patient care (i.e. clinical dental course, medical updates, sedation course, etc.). A business course will not be accepted.

The second component is completion of a comprehensive review course focusing on an in- depth review of pediatric dentistry a minimum of every 10 years. While this course needs to be completed at least once prior to your recertification date, you can take the course sooner than 10 years. Your 10-year requirement for this course will restart each time you complete it.

PART 3: Renewal Examination This is a web-based, 50-question, open book examination that must be successfully completed every 10 years.

PART 4: Continuing Quality Improvements (CQIs) Two web-based modules must be completed by November 30 of the renewal year. There are several options from which to choose: chart review, journal articles, and clinical scenarios. CQIs were recently added on the topics of protective stabilization, prescribing dental radiographs, and antibiotic usage.

Our hope is that this process will not be burdensome but will challenge Diplomates for a lifetime of learning. The ultimate goal of the ROC-P is to ensure the public of our commitment to lifelong learning and improving care for the children treated on a daily basis. As more and more outside groups are looking at continued competency in the healthcare arena, dentistry has the privilege of self-regulation at this time. Though this is a work in progress, the ABPD continues to strive to improve the process and people are noticing. Recently several directors from the Board were invited to the annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Boards (Chicago) to present what our specialty is doing in the area of continued competency. As you participate in the ROC-P, I encourage you not to wait until the last possible minute. You have worked too hard reaching this level to let deadlines slide and place your board certification at risk. I encourage you to set goals to finish these requirements soon rather than asking yourselves, "Where has the time gone?"

William A. Greenhill, D.M.D.

Union, Ky.           

Subcommittee Chair, ROC-P Board certified in 2001

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