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Application Submission

I. Dates and Deadlines

September 18–October 23, 2017 Application submission window
December 29, 2017 Notification of application acceptance 
January 12, 2018 Deadline for withdrawal and $395 refund 
February 12, 2018 Deadline for remaining CE documentation to be submitted
March 11–25, 2018 Examination window 
May 31, 2018 Notification of examination results 
April 22, 2019 Deadline to postmark cases for those who pass the exam 
August 30, 2019 Notification of acceptance for cases 

II. Case Submission

Applicants must submit their cases in an organized manner. Documents must be oriented appropriately, dated, labeled, sequenced correctly according to the Application Outline, and easily legible. All radiographs and photographs must be individually dated with the date of exposure. Only the documentation identified in these guidelines need to be included with an application. Additional materials, such as completed patient questionnaires and physician prescriptions, are unnecessary unless specifically requested by the Board of Directors and will delay the acceptance of your cases.

Case documentation must be submitted in a digital format on a USB flash drive mailed to the ABDSM via traceable carrier (i.e. FedEx, UPS, etc.) to insure against loss. Do not send case documentation by email or any other remote file transfer method. Mail flash drives to:

ABDSM
2510 N. Frontage Rd.
Darien, IL 60561

It is strongly advised to have a backup copy of the completed application for your own records as applications will not be returned. The ABDSM will send acknowledgment of receipt of the application to each applicant via email. If such notification has not been received by November 3, 2017, please contact the ABDSM office via email (info@abdsm.org). Do not call the office for this information as receipt of applications cannot be verified by telephone.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the prerequisites and case documentation are postmarked on or before the stated deadlines. No exception will be made to this requirement. Before you send your application be sure it is complete to the last detail and in the correct order.

III. Policies

Reapplication

Not Achieving a Passing Exam Score
Applicants who did not achieve a passing score on the exam may reapply for the next annual exam by submitting the following by October 23, 2017. Reapplication for a later exam (after the year following a failed exam) requires a completely new application, prerequisites, and all other requirements.

Reapplicants must also submit the following by February 12, 2018.

  • A copy of their current dental license if it has since expired
  • Documentation to verify they have earned at least twenty (20) CE credits between March 2, 2017 and February 12, 2018. All continuing education credits must meet board requirements as previously described.
Old application materials are not kept on file at the ABDSM office. Do not call the office to inquire about applications submitted the previous year.

Failure to Meet Case Submission Deadline
Applicants who achieved a passing score on the exam but did not meet the deadline for case submission, including any granted extensions, may reapply within three years of when the original application was submitted. They may reapply by submitting the following by October 23, 2017. Reapplicants must also submit the following by February 12, 2018.
  • A copy of their current dental license if it has since expired
  • Documentation to verify they have earned at least twenty-five (25) new CE credits (i.e. credits not used with the previous application) within the previous two (2) years. All continuing education credits must meet board requirements as previously described.
Reapplicants who achieved a passing score on the exam but did not meet the deadline for case submission do not need to retake the exam. Cases that were accepted by the Board Reviewer during the initial application cycle can be reused. Reapplicants will have until April 22, 2019 to submit complete oral appliance therapy cases. Please note that reapplication on this basis will only be accepted one time. If all completed and accepted cases are not received within the designated time period, a completely new application including prerequisites, exam, cases and all other requirements will be necessary to become certified.

Refunds and Withdrawals

If the ABDSM does not accept the application for examination, $395 will be refunded to the applicant. If notification of withdrawal from an accepted applicant is received at the ABDSM office on or before January 12, 2018, $395 will be refunded. An applicant whose notification of withdrawal is received by the ABDSM office after January 12, 2018 is not entitled to a refund, except when the withdrawal is the result of a documented emergency. The applicant may apply for an emergency late withdrawal refund of $395 by submitting proper documentation of the emergency.

Applicants with Disabilities

The ABDSM recognizes that individuals with disabilities may wish to take the examination and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with verified disabilities. The ABDSM supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants are reminded, however, that auxiliary aids (and services) can only be offered if they do not fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test (Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336). Applicants who request accommodations due to a disability must advise the ABDSM in writing no later than January 1, 2018. The applicant may be asked to submit appropriate documentation of the disability and a description of previous accommodations provided during other examinations. If the ABDSM deems it necessary, an independent medical assessment may be requested at the expense of the ABDSM.