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Oral Medicine and/or Oral Pathology

Oral medicine and oral pathology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, nature and primarily non-surgical management of oral, maxillofacial, and temporomandibular diseases and disorders, including dental management of patients with medical complications. Oral medicine and oral pathology are two applied components of this specialty.

The NDSE in oral medicine and/or oral pathology evaluate(s) your knowledge and clinical competence at the specialty level.

Format and Content

Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology

The NDSE in oral medicine and oral pathology examination will be administered in two, three-hour parts of equal weight.

Part 1, the microscopic evaluation, will involve the evaluation and diagnosis of tissue sections using Leica Aperio ImageScope pathology slide viewing software.

Part 2 consists of a mix of single and multiple answer multiple-choice questions, and short constructed response questions that assess general knowledge and application, diagnostic and clinical decision-making abilities.

Oral Medicine Only

The oral medicine examination will be administered in two, three-hour parts of equal weight. Part 1 and 2 will consist of a mix of single and multiple answer multiple-choice questions, and short constructed response questions that assess general knowledge and application, diagnostic and clinical decision-making abilities.

Oral Pathology Only

The oral pathology examination will consist of two, three-hour parts of equal weight.

Part 1, the microscopic evaluation, will involve the evaluation and diagnosis of tissue sections using Leica Aperio ImageScope pathology slide viewing software.

Part 2 consists of short constructed response questions that assess general knowledge and application, diagnostic and clinical decision-making abilities.

The blueprints found in the NDSE protocol indicate the domains and approximate percentage of the examination in each domain. Oral medicine and/or oral pathology candidates are required to demonstrate competency in all the domains.

References and Resources

Sample Software Files for Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology and Oral Pathology only

During the examination, you will be provided with a laptop on which you will find the software and case files for Part 1.

In preparation for the examination you will be provided access to a series of practice files that can be loaded with Leica Aperio ImageScope pathology slide viewings software. A link to the sample files will be sent to you once you have applied and identified oral medicine and oral pathology or oral pathology as your specialty.

Leica Aperio ImageScope

You can download Leica Aperio ImageScope from http://www2.leicabiosystems.com/l/48532/2019-01-03/7bs4rg