Historical Timeline

            

 

2018

Scenario-based Oral Clinical Examination was announced

 

2016

Craniofacial Clinical Examination was implemented

 

2015

Clinical Examination "Banking Process" accepted for both Recent Graduates and Clinical Orthodontic Practitioners

New Branding resulted in adoption of new logo and seal

 

2014     

Recent Graduates and Clinical Orthodontic Practitioners follow same 6 case pathway with renewal every 10 years

 

2011

New Examination Center opened in St. Louis for ABO Clinical Examinations

 

2010

Began allowing “Banking” of cases

 

2008

Dallas testing center used to accommodate increase in examinees

Began accepting electronic records

 

2007

Implemented concept of certification following residency by allowing presentation of 6 supervised cases treated in residency

 

2006

Case Management Form announced

Written Exam given at Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada

Reduced Clinical Exam case requirement from 10 to 6

 

2005

New Certification Process Announced - "Gateway Offer" for practicing orthodontists

 

2004

Discrepancy Index Form announced

ABO's 75th Anniversary Remembrance

 

1998

Began issuing time-limited certificates requiring Certification Renewal Examination every 10 years

Cast-Radiographic Evaluation Form announced

 

1996

Elimination of “C” records

 

1987

Reduced Clinical Exam case requirement from 15 to 10

 

1979

ABO's 50th Anniversary

 

1978

Discontinued 3000 word thesis requirement for Clinical Exam

 

1974

Written Examination was permitted immediately after graduation

 

1969

Last year seven (7) Directors served. All future boards consist of eight (8) Directors and one (1) past president

 

1964

Written Examination was implemented

 

1954

ABO's 25th Anniversary

 

1950

Certification Requirement - 15 cases and a written thesis

Council on Dental Education of the ADA recognized the ABO as the official certifying agency in orthodontics

 

1938

Name changed from American Board of Orthodontia to The American Board of Orthodontics

 

1935

Dr. Albert H. Ketcham died and the Albert H. Ketcham Award was created in his memory

 

1929

ABO was founded as the first specialty board in dentistry by seven founding board members