Strategic Initiatives

The American Board of Periodontology was formally organized on July 14, 1939. In 1949, the House of Delegates of the ADA recognized the American Board of Periodontology as the official specialty board for the certification of periodontists. Only one other board was recognized earlier, the board for oral surgery. In February 1953, the Board decided to implement a practical examination for those candidates whose case reports were accepted and who had passed the written exam.  Dr. Harold J. Leonard, secretary of the board at the time, explained in the Journal of Periodontology, “It has ...become apparent to the Board that the eight case reports plus the written examination and the oral interview and examination before the Board are not enough to screen out those who are mentally agile but manually and technically unfit.”
The first written examination was scheduled for October 22, 1968, at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, and 58 candidates were examined. The ABP had high hopes for growth in the early 1970’s anticipating that the number of certified Diplomates would double by 1972. As the American Board of Periodontology approached the anniversary of its first 50 years in 1989, and moved toward the 21st Century, it became increasingly apparent that increasing the numbers of certified periodontists needed to be intensified and yet, while desired, success in those efforts would stretch the Board’s resources—human and financial.
In the early 2000’s, the Board instituted several major changes and innovations. An effort was instituted to encourage Board Certification, primarily through making the examination process more accessible to candidates. The Qualifying Examination was moved from a one location classroom setting to the exam being administered at regional testing centers. The methodology of administering the oral examination was changed by eliminating cases submitted by candidates to examining with protocols developed by the Board. Recertification also underwent major changes by extending the recertification period from three to six years and by initiating the Self-Study Recertification Program (SSRP). Gerry Bowers retired as Executive Director with Kent Palcanis being named ED in 2008. Dr. Palcanis continues to serve as the Board’s Executive Director today.
The Board consists of elected Directors who are active or life members of the American Academy of Periodontology and Diplomates of the ABP. They serve for staggered five-year terms and hold office for no more than one term. Directors are elected by mail ballot sent to all voting members of the Academy from a slate of candidates chosen by the Academy's Nominating Committee for the American Board of Periodontology or nominated by petition in accordance with the Academy's Bylaws. The election procedures are governed by the provisions set forth in Chapter II, Section 7 of the Academy's Bylaws. Each Director holds office until a successor is elected and installed, or until such Director's earlier death, resignation or removal.
Robert M. Eber, DDS, MS, Chair (2021)
James A. Katancik, DDS, Vice Chair (2021)
Robert M. Faiella, DMD, MMSc, Treasurer (2023)
David E. Deas, DMD, MS (2022)
Charles A. Powell, DDS, MS (2022)
Joe Krayer, DDS, MS (2023)
Rodrigo Neiva, DDS, MS (2024)
Angela "Toula" Palaiologou-Gallis, DDS, MS (2024)
Paul Luepke, DDS, MS (2025)
Craig Yonemura, DDS, MS (2025)
Donald S. Clem, III DDS, Immediate Past Chairman (2021)
Eileen G. Loranger, Executive Director
Dr. Jeffrey Rossmann, DDS, Executive Director of Examinations
Barbara Robinette, Credentialing Program Manager
Loyda Leitch, Bookkeeper / Executive Assistant
The Board had planned to begin work on a strategic plan in 2010, however did not carry out its plans due to other pressing matters at the time. In 2015, a long-range planning session was held at which point, the Board’s focus was on defining and communicating the value and relevance of both certification and recertification; ensuring the administration of an exam process at the appropriate level of professional excellence; establishing ongoing review and recalibration of the ABP examinations; and the investigation of technology for the development of future exam processes. The Board also made the decision to update the mission statement of the organization at that time. Since that time, much has changed in the field and as such, the Board felt it necessary to revisit the long-range plan and conduct a formal comprehensive strategic planning session such that we could establish a plan to move forward over the next 3-5 years. As such, past-chairpersons, Dr. Vincent Iacono and Dr. Jeffrey Rossmann were invited to facilitate a meeting which was held February 9-10, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The comprehensive plan is provided below.
To certify the achievement of in-depth knowledge and proficiency in the full scope of periodontology and dental implant surgery through examination and periodic recertification.
The vision of the American Board of Periodontology is that all periodontists achieve Board certification and that diplomates of the Board are universally recognized by the public, the dental profession, the medical community, and third-party payers as the preferred providers of periodontal and dental implant surgical care.
Fiscal Status
Ensure the fiscal status of the organization meets its mission
Goal 1.1 The revenue of the organization is sufficient to meet the operating expenses.
Strategy 1.1.1  The fees will be increased for the 2019 examinations and exam related activities
Goal 1.2 The organization maintains a liquid reserve fund equivalent to 1-year operating expenses
Strategy 1.2.1 A percentage of the net revenue will be allocated to achieve the liquid reserve fund by December 31, 2028.
Goal 1.3 The organization ensures the long-term growth and stability of its endowment funds
Strategy 1.3.1 Increase the Bowers fund to $2M by December 31, 2023.
Strategy 1.3.2 Utilize the interest earned on the fund to assist in administering ABP programs as needed at the discretion of the Executive Director.
The ABP Staff, Facilities and Professional Relations
The ABP Staff, Facilities and Professional Relations are sufficient to meet its administrative, examination and professional activities
Goal 2.1  The Constitution, Bylaws, Policies & Procedures are consistent and contemporary.
Goal 2.2 The positions and their descriptions for the ABP staff accurately reflect the duties and timely needs of the organization.
Goal 2.3  The infrastructure and technology of the ABP home office are maintained in a manner to ensure the successful administration of the organization’s goals and Goals.
Strategy 2.3.1 Allocate up to $50Kfor use toward updating the facilities and infrastructure of the central office to be approved by the Executive Director in conjunction with the Executive Committee.
Goal 2.4 An exam center is secured to ensure the successful administration of the oral exam consistent within its fiscal guidelines.
Strategy 2.4.1 Investigate alternate testing venues.
Goal 2.5 The ABP will regularly liaison with AAP, AAPF, ADA and other organizations.
Strategy 2.5.1 Quarterly in-person meetings with AAP and AAPF
Strategy 2.5.2 Monthly staff communication with AAP and AAPF
Goal 2.6 The ABP will be intrinsically involved in the nomination of its Directors.
Strategy 2.6.1 Enhance its participation on the AAP Nominating Committee for the ABP Board.
The ABP certification examination process is reliable and validated
Goal 3.1 The ABP develops, updates and administers an appropriate qualifying examination.
Strategy 3.1.1  QE Committee will include directors and selected individuals with test construction or content area expertise.
Strategy 3.1.2  The Committee will meet at a time separate from the ABP business meeting to write new test items and construct the test form to meet current goals of the Board by 2020 and will present the exam for approval at the fall 2019 business meeting.
Strategy 3.1.3  The exam will be analyzed and validated by a psychometrician
Goal 3.2  The ABP develops, updates and administers an appropriate oral examination.
Strategy 3.2.1 The OE Committee will meet at a time separate from the ABP business meeting to develop the exam and enhance calibration.
Strategy 3.2.2 OE will be approved by the Board at the fall business meeting annually.
Strategy 3.2.3 The exam will be analyzed and validated by a psychometrician.
Strategy 3.2.4 The OE committee will continually review the exam process to ensure that it continues to meet the goals of the ABP.
The ABP recertification program reflects the current CODA accreditation standards for Advanced Education Programs in Periodontics (AEPP) and promotes life-long learning.
Strategy 4.1  The current structure of the SSRP be maintained and in addition, a list of references used to construct the examination be provided to the candidate upon registering for the SSRP exam.
Strategy 4.2  The SSRP committee utilizes the CODA accreditation standards for AEPP as a content guideline for construction, maintenance and enhancement of the SSRP examination.
Strategy 4.3  The Recertification Committee will review and maintain the appropriate requirements for recertification.
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