ADEX™ Approves Use of Typodont in Dental Hygiene and Dental Periodontal Scaling Clinical Licensure Examinations

ADEX™ Approves Use of Typodont in Dental Hygiene and Dental Periodontal Scaling Clinical Licensure Examinations

2020 ADEX™ Press Release
For Release: May 18, 2020
Email Inquiries: office@adexexams.org

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The American Board of Dental Examiners, ADEX™, has approved the use and offering of a selected typodont as an option in the dental hygiene licensure examination and the dental periodontal scaling challenge. The typodont selected will be used in calculus detection, calculus removal, and periodontal probing exercises for the ADEX Dental Hygiene Patient Treatment Clinical Examination after completing a feasibility study under the supervision of ACS Ventures, LLC. This will offer dental hygiene licensure boards/agencies the choice to accept this non-patient professional proficiency demonstration or continue to accept the patient required participation for dental hygiene.

Further, the feasibility study included analysis of periodontal scaling proficiency utilizing the selected typodont and was accepted by the ADEX Board of Directors to be offered as an option for
the periodontal scaling exercise part of the ADEX Dental Licensure Clinical Examination. This too would give licensure boards that intend to accept a non-patient clinical assessment of candidates
for licensure, an option for such acceptance of demonstrated proficiency.

“While facing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, ADEX has endeavored to critically and psychometrically provide licensing jurisdictions options given the current conditions in delivery of dental education, dental treatment, and independent dental skills evaluation. With the previous addition of the CompeDont™ to the ADEX™ dental testing repertoire, licensure boards and agencies have additional non patient assessment modalities upon which to aid in licensure evaluation during these unprecedented times These hands on skill assessments are joined by our computerized Objective Clinical Simulated Examination (OCSE) in both dentistry and dental hygiene, the longest running, continually maintained OSCE in the dental profession in North America,” said ADEX President William G. Pappas, D.D.S. “ADEX™ has taken additional steps in dental hygiene by approving and offering both patient and non-patient demonstration options, if desired by licensing boards, to meet the current unique obstacles presented by the COVID-19 crisis,” added Beth Jacko-Clemence, R.D.H, and Chair of the ADEX Dental Hygiene Examination Committee. This committee utilized practicing licensed hygienists, hygiene educators, and hygiene students to conduct the feasibility study prior to acceptance and adoption of the use of this particular typodont for examination purposes.

The offering of the typodont based dental hygiene examination and typodont based dental periodontal scaling exercise will commence this summer in the examination series currently scheduled to resume by both The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) and the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA).

As always, it will be at the discretion of state licensing boards/agencies whether to accept these additional offerings in testing modality.

For any questions about the ADEX™ examination please contact: ADEX™ at office@adexexams.org For questions about the administration of ADEX examinations, please contact The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments at: www.cdcaexams.org or the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies at www.citaexam.com

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ADEX™ Dental Examinations to Offer CompeDont™ Perhaps as Soon as Summer 2020

ADEX™ Dental Examinations to Offer CompeDont™ Perhaps as Soon as Summer 2020

2020 ADEX™ Press Release
For Release: April 7, 2020
Email Inquiries: office@adexexams.org

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The American Board of Dental Examiners, ADEX™, has approved the use and offering of the CompeDont™, the simulated tooth developed as an alternative option in the dental licensure examination restorative challenge.  The CompeDont™, produced with support from The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), will be used in the anterior and posterior preparation and restoration sections of the ADEX dental clinical licensure examination.  This will offer dental licensure boards/agencies the choice to accept this non-patient involved professional proficiency demonstration or continue to accept the patient required participation.

 This addition to the dental examination was only possible after a 3-year development and evaluation process, which included 548 candidates taking a high stakes examination process utilizing the CompeDont™ tooth. The results confirmed that the tooth was able to be used to evaluate the clinical performance of the candidates while finding the same critical deficiencies that were found when evaluating patient care. No other currently available simulated tooth was found that could replicate these consistent findings.

 The CompeDont™ tooth will be available for both the Class II and Class III procedures, preparation and restoration. The ADEX testing agencies Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) and CDCA will both be prepared to offer the examinations with the CompeDont™. Candidates can fulfill the requirements with any combination of patient/ CompeDont™ procedures. In other words, candidates that have already completed one of the restorative procedures on a patient can still perform the remaining procedure on the CompeDont™ tooth, subject to the approval of the state board of dentistry in which they are seeking licensure. Scheduling of the examinations should be done directly with CDCA and CITA.

The manufacturing of the simulated tooth at full production will begin as soon as feasible once current COVID-19 restrictions are eased and then made available to both ADEX testing agencies, CDCA and CITA.  Again, as always, it will be at the discretion of state licensing boards/agencies whether to accept this additional offering in testing modality.

For any questions about the ADEX™ examination please contact: ADEX™ at office@adexexams.org  For questions about the CompeDont™ please contact The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments at: www.cdcaexams.org. To schedule examinations contact CDCA (www.cdcaexams.org) or CITA (www.citaexam.com).

ADEX Approves Use of CompeDont in Licensure Exam

ADEX™ Approves Use of CompeDont™ In Dental Clinical Licensure Examination

2020 ADEX™ Press Release
For Release: April 6, 2020
Email Inquiries: office@adexexams.org

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The American Board of Dental Examiners, ADEX™, has approved the use and offering of the CompeDont™, the simulated tooth developed as an alternative option in the dental licensure examination restorative challenge.  The CompeDont™, produced with support from The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, will be used in the anterior and posterior preparation and restoration sections of the ADEX dental clinical licensure examination.  This will offer dental licensure boards/agencies the choice to accept this non-patient involved professional proficiency demonstration or continue to accept the patient required participation.   

“While pursuit of the development of this simulated tooth by CDCA for use in dental skills assessment began several years ago, current conditions in delivery of dental education, dental treatment, and independent dental skills evaluation impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, lend itself to the right time now to offer the CompeDont™.  With the addition of the CompeDont™ to the ADEX™ dental testing repertoire, licensure boards and agencies now have a necessary skills and judgment demonstration for licensure which is not patient based,” said ADEX President William G. Pappas, D.D.S.  “ADEX™ has taken another bold step in pursuing its mission of providing a uniform national dental examination for licensure, by approving and offering both patient and non-patient demonstration options, if desired by licensing boards, to evaluate the candidates’ ability to utilize their dental knowledge in providing clinically acceptable restorative care,” added Guy Shampaine, D.D.S., former CEO of ADEX™ and longtime advocate for a uniform national examination in dentistry and the leader of the team at CDCA pursuing the development of the CompeDont™.

 The manufacturing of the simulated tooth at full production will begin as soon as feasible once current COVID-19 restrictions are eased; and will be deployed by the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) possibly during the upcoming summer session of examination administration.   As always, it will be at the discretion of state licensing boards/agencies whether to accept this additional offering in testing modality. 

For any questions about the ADEX™ examination please contact: ADEX™ at office@adexexams.org  For questions about the CompeDont™ please contact The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments at: www.cdcaexams.org

Dental Board of California Votes to Implement the ADEX Dental Examination for Licensure Immediately

Dental Board of California Votes to Implement the ADEX Dental Examination for Licensure Immediately

2020 ADEX™ Press Release
For Release: November 19, 2019
Email Inquiries: office@adexexams.org

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The Dental Board of California voted at their noticed meeting on Friday, November 15, 2019 for immediate acceptance of the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) dental licensure examination for California dental licensure without further need for promulgating regulations. This will allow dental candidates passing the ADEX dental examination from this meeting date forward to pursue the pathway to dental licensure in California. This was a culmination of a multi-year process of working with the California Dental Board and the California legislature toward this implementation.

“We were pleased to present and respond to questions from the California board members to ensure their understanding of and confidence in the development and administration of the ADEX Dental Licensure Examination,” said ADEX President William G. Pappas, D.D.S. “ADEX has pursued its mission and brings a uniform national dental examination for licensure, and shares a commitment with the California Dental Board to provide the most ethical examination process possible for the patients receiving care as part of the examination process, which was the mandate for the ADEX developed Patient Centered Curriculum Integrated Format,” added Guy Shampaine, D.D.S., former CEO of ADEX and longtime advocate for a uniform national examination in dentistry.

“With 46 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands now accepting the ADEX Dental Examination for licensure, it is very much a reality that dentistry, like other health professions in the United States, could see one uniform national examination very soon,” said Dr. Pappas.

The development of the licensure application process will take approximately 4-6 months to implement.

For any questions about the ADEX examination please contact: ADEX at office@adexexams.org.

For questions about licensure in California please visit the Dental Board of California’s website which will be posting ADEX specific information in the near future at: www.dbc.ca.gov Candidates may contact the Board at: dentalboard@dca.ca.gov  or (916) 263-2300 or (877) 729-778