The ‘S’ is for ‘standardized exam.’ Not really.
But this year many students who are interested in pursuing Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) will be taking another standardized exam. As you may have heard, the new exam is the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE). It will be offered through Prometric testing centers for a $175 fee. This year it will be offered only on Saturday, September 8 and the deadline to register is coming up! Registration will close on Friday, April 13th.
How do you know if this test is right for you? Good question. If you’re interested in Oral Surgery and you do NOT have a numerical score on the NBDE Part 1, then this exam is definitely for you (you have to take it). If you have a score on the NBDE Part 1 then you have a choice. If you’re unhappy with your dental boards part 1 score, then the CBSE would be a good way to demonstrate to the OMS residencies that you know your basic science material. If you scored well on Part 1, then you might want to skip the CBSE all together (but that choice is yours). If you are not interested in Oral Surgery but really love standardized assessments, then – in addition to the CBSE – you should register for this exam.
More information is available on the AAOMS website.
Don’t forget that the deadline to register is the very lucky Friday, April 13!
~ Ben Youel, Illinois ’13, vice president