Procedure for IBE Board Certification

Educationally qualified candidates will proceed in an orderly fashion through the various phases leading to certification. They must indicate by letter, documentation and payment of fees their willingness to participate and successfully complete each phase leading to certification.

Application Process

Requests for information or application forms should be directed to the General Secretary, Indian Board of Endodontics. The completed form must include certified copies of the originals and the applicant must mail the form back to the general secretary - IBE. The candidate must send the application fee along with the completed form. The fee is not refundable, in the event of either acceptance or rejection by the Board.

NOTE: Incomplete forms will not be considered by the Board. If any item is left blank or is not answered completely, a clearly detailed statement should be made setting forth the reason for non-availability of information. All transcripts & certificates must be true copies attested by a competent person. After the Board has reviewed the completed application, the candidate will be informed of their eligibility status and of the date and place of the examination.

Fees (can be reviewed and modified)

There is an application fee plus a fee for each part of the examination. The application fee must accompany the application.

The fee structure is as follows:

  • Phase I: Application fee INR Rs.5,000/- (Five thousand only)
  • Phase II: Written examination
  • Phase III: Case Presentation & Oral examination fee INR Rs.5,000/- (Five thousand only)

The appropriate fee must be paid to the General Secretary of IBE. At this point, the candidate, in writing, undertakes to appear for a portion of the examination. All fees must be paid in Indian currency. The details of payment modalities are given in the following link:

Application form

A: Board Applicant (Phase I)

A candidate shall be designated "Board Applicant", on receiving Board registration on successful submission of the application for Board Certification

Required qualifications for an IBE Board Applicant:

A candidate to successfully qualify to be an IBE Board Applicant by the Indian Board of Endodontics must:

  1. Have satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the dental profession
  2. Have completed Masters program in the specialty of Endodontics / equivalent duly recognized by the Dental Council of India.
  3. He/she should be a good standing Active member of the Indian Endodontic Society.
  4. The application shall be submitted on or before the dates specified by the Board.
  5. The submitted application is scrutinized and approved by IBE

Note: The candidate qualifies to be a IBE board applicant only when their application for certification fulfills all the above six criteria.

Upon submitting an application (which must include certified evidence of the successful completion of MDS) and all other certified documents required by the application and having such application approved by the IBE, a candidate for certification becomes an IBE Board Applicant.

Duration of eligibility- the period of Board Applicant eligibility begins on the date when the individual's application is accepted and approved by the board and is extended to the candidate for five (5) consecutive years. However, board eligibility status will be forfeited if the Part I written examination is not taken within two (2) years of eligibility. Although eligibility may be re-established by reapplication, all phases of the examination must be successfully completed within five (5) years of initial eligibility. No re-applications are acceptable after this five (5) year period unless, upon consultation with the applicant, the entire board determines that unusual circumstances warrant an extension of the duration of eligibility.

B: Board Eligible ( Phase II )

A candidate who has successfully completed the written examination of the Board shall be designated "Board Eligible". Phase II consists of a written examination in basic sciences, applied biomedical sciences, Endodontic theory and practice.

Phase II Written Examination :

The Phase II examination is a ONLINE written examination that a candidate can take it after approval of his/her application by the Board. A username and password would be given to the candidate to be able to take the written exam. 

The Written Examination contains 100 questions. Questions are multiple choice, consisting of a stem with four or five foils, and are designed to test recall skills and the Candidate's ability to apply knowledge, interpret data and solve problems.

The subject areas include anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, general and oral pathology, microanatomy, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology, vascular and neurophysiology, pulpal and periradicular pathophysiology, radiology, oral medicine, biostatistics, clinical endodontics, dental materials related to endodontics, related dental disciplines, and classic and current literature.

Candidates are given 2 hours to complete the examination.

Scoring the Written examination :

The examination is computer scored. The Board policy, although subject to approval at each Part I examination, has been that one standard deviation below the mean score achieved by the candidates on the 100 question examination will be used to determine the passing grade for the written examination.

Note:

  • All Board applicants must complete Phase II within five years of their Board Applicant status ie; from the date of registration by the Board. In the event that they do not sit Part II or do not pass Part II within five years of their Board Applicant status they have to reregister themselves.

C: Board Certified ( Phase III )

On successful completion of the case presentation and oral examination the candidate shall become a "Diplomate of the Indian Board of Endodontics" and shall be designated "Board Certified ".

Role of the Board and its Examiner in the Evaluation Process

An examiner is one who works in examining records or an individual and who tests by careful questioning the knowledge, skill and qualification of a candidate. The primary objective of the Board will be the protection of the Society through determination of the competency of eligible candidates who desire certification as specialists in the field of Endodontics.

The Board is an examining and certifying body. It remains independent in all its actions and is not influenced by any issues whatsoever. The Board is not directly responsible for the education of the candidates. The candidate will be examined as per current standards prevailing in the country. The Board is not static or unchanging. Changes will be made, however, only after a great deal of study and thought.

The Board strives to be fair and objective in all its actions with the candidates. It abides by the rules, which are in effect, but seeks to modify the guidelines and examining procedures whenever the IBE deems it fit.

Appointment of Examiners

The IBE will appoint a panel of examiners from its rolls to conduct Part II examinations.

Phase III Case Presentation & Oral Examination

The candidate should be aware that the entire examination must be completed in 6 consecutive years from the date on which IBE eligibility is initially approved. English is the official language of the Indian Board of Endodontics.

Phase III examination includes case discussion and presentations on treated patients in all aspects of Endodontics as will be described below.

Case Presentation requires submission of documentation of a variety of cases. Candidates must present cases treated by themselves. Computer enhanced or altered x-rays or photographs are not permitted. Any fraud will attract permanent debarment from the IBE and a recommendation for removal from active membership of IES. The cases must be diverse and complex enough to demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics.

Presentation must be done of cases treated by the candidate in all aspects of clinical Endodontics. A total number of ten cases should be presented.

Diagnosis

One Case

Diagnostic evaluation of the patient should be the most significant feature of this case. A one year recall is not required for this case. Adequate documentation that assures a definitive diagnosis was made should be included in the write up

Emergency

One Case

Emergency treatment procedures in addition to endodontic procedures were required, e.g: incision for drainage, trephination, splinting with rationale for their use.

Non- surgical root canal treatment

Two Case

Non surgical root canal treatment, including cases with calcified canals, curved/long canals, unusual anatomy, etc. These two cases must include one on a maxillary molar and one mandibular molar

Non – surgical retreatment

One Case

Case must be a maxillary or mandibular molar

Surgical endodontics

One Case

Periapical surgery with root end resection and root end filling

Vital Pulp therapy

One Case

Case must be of Apexogenesis, apexification, apical barriers, pulp revitalization or regeneration

Others

Three Case

The three cases presented in this category should be one each from any of the list below:

  • Case of management of Traumatic injuries and their sequelae (Crown/root fractures, luxations, avulsions, etc)
  • Case of management of external/internal resorption
  • Management of perforations
  • Management of Endo – Perio Lesions
  • Hemisection / Root Amputations
  • Intentional replantation / Transplantation
  • Separated instrument / post removal
  • Developmental anomalies (dens invaginates, germination / fusion, etc)

The format of submitting the case presentation dossier would be provided along with the application form.

The final phase of the Board Certification process is an Oral Examination. In the Oral Examination, a team of experts question the endodontist about a variety of endodontic diagnosis and treatment situations. Through the extensive interviews, a high level of skill in problem solving, decision making, analysis, creativity and evaluation must be demonstrated.

An endodontist, who has satisfied all requirements of the Board Certification process of the IBE, is declared Board Certified by the Board of Directors of the IBE. This individual is a Diplomate of the Indian Board of Endodontics.

    IBE Office Bearers

  • Chairman
    Dr Anil Kohli
  • General Secretary
    Dr V Gopikrishna
  • Director
    Dr Vivek Hegde
  • Director
    Dr Sanjay Miglani
  • Ex-Officio Members

  • President – IES
  • Secretary General – IES
  • International Advisors

  • Dr James L Gutmann
    Baylor College of Dentistry, USA
  • Dr Anil Kishen
    University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr Hagay Shemesh
    ACTA University, Netherlands
  • Dr Zvi Metzger
    Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Dr Meetu R Kohli
    University of Pennsylvania, USA

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