Fall 2010- ACP Messenger, published by the American College of Prosthodontists

    New Prosthodontic graduates often ask, “Why should I take the Boards?”

    The American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP/Board) certification should be viewed as the final validation in the educational progression of your residency program. The board examination is an external reaffirmation of what the program director hoped was taught and what the candidate hoped was learned.

    The New York Times recently reported on a study published in Health Affairs, By Norcini et al, evaluating the quality of care provided by graduates of internal medical schools. An interesting finding was that the lessening of patient mortality rates correlated directly with being “Board Ccertified” than where the individual trained.

    Only 1of 3 “educationally trained” Prosthodontists is Board Certified compared to Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical colleagues’ numbers 9 of 10. Diplomate status is the “gold standard” for professional competency within medicine and dentistry and is recognized by the general public when they seek out “Board Certified” specialists for their care.