Clyde Roggenkamp, SD’70, MSD, associate professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, accepted a two-year appointment as president of the American Board of Operative Dentistry (ABOD) at the organization’s annual Chicago meeting in February 2012. He will preside at the winter meetings in Chicago, supervise seven ABOD committees, and oversee Board candidates’ certification process.
Conceived in 1980 to elevate the art and science of operative dentistry, ABOD sponsors valuable continuing education courses and conducts examinations to determine the proficiency of dentists who voluntarily apply for certification. Board certification has become an important consideration for special remuneration and rank promotions in some branches of military service. Additionally, some graduate training programs promote ABOD certification for their students to achieve added credibility when seeking academic appointments.
Certification requirements culminate in a three-part test—written, clinical, and oral—the latter requiring an extensive photographic portfolio plus mounted, articulated study casts to defend treatment decisions.
As of February 2012, a total of only 84 candidates had achieved board certification. Certified in 1990, Dr. Roggenkamp holds ABOD Certificate # 21. Other certified ABOD members currently teaching at LLUSD are So Ran Kwon, DDS, PhD, MS, associate professor in restorative dentistry, Michael Meharry, SD’80, assistant professor in restorative dentistry, and Carlos Chavez, DDS, MS, assistant professor (part time) in restorative dentistry.