Recertification: Frequently Asked Questions

When did the idea of developing a self study program as part of the continuing education requirement for recertification come about for the ABP?
The idea was first discussed in 2004.

How was the concept approved?
After determining the recertification requirements of other dental and medical specialty certifying boards and after extensive discussions by ABP Directors, the concept was voted on and approved in 2005. A recertification committee was formed and a workshop to develop the program was held in 2006. Diplomates who were required to meet recertification in 2006 and 2007 were offered to complete the SSRP as an optional exercise as part of their recertification requirement. The SSRP became a required component of recertification in 2008.

Why did the ABP feel that such a program was needed?
The issue of continuing competence has been discussed to a great extent over the past few years by professional as well as lay groups. The credibility of certifying and licensing boards is at the center of these discussions. If Board Certified status does not ensure current knowledge then it becomes a questionable credential. Although “passing” the ABP SSRP is not required for recertification it goes beyond our present continuing education requirement to demonstrate an active component of the process. If future mandates arise regarding continued competence we will have a process in place to address these mandates.

Do other medical and dental specialty certifying boards have similar requirements?
All medical boards are members of the ABMS, an umbrella organization for the certifying boards. As such, each specialty board is required to have their Diplomates participate in Maintenance of Certification. This is a four part process and includes a required recertification exam that they must pass to maintain Diplomate status. Of the nine dental specialty certifying boards, five require a written or oral recertification exam. Additionally, six of the boards have dated certificates. If the Diplomate does not successfully recertify their Diplomate status can be revoked and they must go through the certification process again to become a Diplomate.

How many questions are on the current SSRP?
50 multi choice questions on the cutting edge of emerging techniques and newly developed concepts in Periodontics.

How much time does it take to complete the SSRP?
Once purchased the SSRP program is available for 48 hours. It is estimated that the SSRP takes 1 hour to complete.

Should I study before taking the SSRP?
Study is optional. A suggested reading list is offered and to be used once the SSRP is completed. If any responses by the Diplomate were incorrect the Diplomate may refer to the suggested reading list for Self-Study.

How do I know how well I did?
A response report is generated for the Diplomate at the end of the program reporting how many responses made by the Diplomate were correct or incorrect.

When should the SSRP be completed?
The SSRP must be completed in the year recertification is due. If a Diplomate’s recertification due date is 12/31/15, the SSRP must be completed in 2015.

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