Please note that the format of the NDSE in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has changed compared to previous years. However, the competencies examined remain the same.
Day 1The cursive examination consists of a combination of short and long answer questions and candidates are required to provide single or multiple written answers. Questions will cover the diagnosis, management and basic sciences of core oral and maxillofacial surgery topics in only the following six categories:
- Temporomandibular Disorders
- Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Syndromes/Cosmetic Surgery
- Dentoalveolar/Preprosthetic Surgery
Day 2The purpose of the oral examination is to assess a candidate's ability to assess, diagnose, treat, and understand probable outcomes in only the following three categories:
• Orthognathic and Reconstructive Surgery
• Anesthesia and Sedation
During the oral examination, candidates may be presented with case histories, medical and dental histories, radiographs, photographs, and/or other clinical information. Candidates will be expected to recognize, diagnose, and plan appropriate intervention, management, and follow-up care for the presented patients.
Candidate Study GuideThe intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during the NDSE. The content used in these sample questions is for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.
Last Updated: November 30, 2018