What does it mean to be board certified?

Congratulations to Dr. Kirk Engel who achieved recertification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery! Passing the ABOMS recert exam is mandatory every 10 years to maintain board certification.  Dr. Engel is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology . Board certification is an examination for knowledge and ability by nationally chosen leaders of each specialty and is your assurance of the best specialized care. The following information is provided by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on what board certification is all about:


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons must have graduated from an accredited dental school and are licensed in the state in which they practice. In addition, Dr. Engel has completed an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency program approved by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation.

The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery is recognized by the American Dental Association as the specialty board for oral and maxillofacial surgery. The Board is responsible for reviewing all applicants for board certification as well as administering the examinations involved in the certification process.

During his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency, Dr. Engel received graduate training in other disciplines such as general surgery, plastic surgery, medicine, anesthesia and pathology. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained to treat patients in the hospital, outpatient facilities, surgery centers and in private offices.


In order to become board certified,  Dr. Engel completed an intensive application and examination process. Applicants for board certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery must provide verified written evidence of their educational and training qualifications. In addition, these individuals must provide evidence of their experience in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Letters of recommendation from board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons attesting to an applicant’s acceptable ethical and moral standing in the profession and community are also required as part of the certification procedure. The applications of all candidates for board certification are reviewed by the Board’s Credentials Committee.

Continued Competence

Finally, Dr. Engel was required to pass both a thorough written qualifying examination and a rigorous oral certifying examination to be certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He maintains his current competence by ongoing continuing education.

Diplomates are recertified in current competency every ten years by a comprehensive written examination.

Continuing professional education is an important tool keeping Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons current on new developments in the field. This is accomplished through national meetings, seminars, lectures, special courses, panels, symposia, and self study. Dr. Engel demonstrates a commitment to continued professional development. The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery encourages its Diplomates to continue their professional development through various educational experiences.

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