Call for nominations: National Board Dental Examination Part II Test Specifications review panel

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) requests the assistance of new dentists in soliciting nominations of highly qualified individuals who are willing to serve on the National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE Part II) Test Specifications Review panel.

JCNDEThis panel will ultimately make recommendations to the JCNDE’s Committee on Research and Development concerning the number of test questions to allocate toward specific subject areas covered in the NBDE Part II. Nominations, including a current curriculum vita, must be received no later than September 28, 2016 to be considered.

Panel membership criteria are:

Background and Purpose. The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) conducts dental practice analyses every five years as a part of its ongoing validity research program. In 2016, the JCNDE is scheduled to conduct practice analysis activities to help establish the test content of the National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE Part II). As part of this effort, an ad hoc panel of subject matter experts will be convened to review preliminary test specifications for the NBDE Part II, based on practice analysis survey findings. Panelists will use this information to make recommendations to the JCNDE’s Committee on Research and Development concerning the number of test questions to allocate toward specific subject areas covered in the NBDE Part II. The JCNDE requests nominations from communities of interest concerning individuals qualified to serve on this important panel.

Meeting Dates. The panel will meet November 7 and November 8, 2016.
Panel Activity. Panelists will participate in a facilitated process to help establish the NBDE Part II test specifications. Subsequent to activity training, panel members will use a two-dimensional matrix to distribute the 500 NBDE Part II questions across 56 clinical content areas to a list of cognitive skills areas measured by the current Part II examination. The number of questions devoted to specific cognitive skills areas could be increased, decreased, or kept the same, depending on panel judgments and the outcomes from the practice analysis.

Panel Membership. The panel will consist of a total of 11 members. Membership will include:

– Four (4) full-time practicing dentists in general dentistry,
– Two (2) dental educators, and
– Five (5) current members of the JCNDE. Among these five, one must have been appointed to the JCNDE by the AADB; one must have been appointed to the JCNDE by the ADEA; and one must have been appointed to the JCNDE by the ADA.

Membership Criteria. Membership in this panel is evaluated and considered relative to the following criteria:
– Full time practitioner in general dentistry (in practice at least 20 hours per week, inclusive of clinical training)
– Dental educators familiar with curriculum from accredited dental schools
– Representation from both solo and group practice/employee dentist settings
– Geographic distribution to include both urban and rural representation in major regions of the U.S.
– Demographic diversity (gender, age, race, ethnicity, etc.)
– Currently licensed as a dentist in the U.S.
Current or recent (i.e., in the past 5 years) Test Construction Committee members are ineligible.

Nominations and Decisions: Communities of interest are requested to send panelist nominations to the JCNDE for its consideration. Individuals may also nominate themselves. Nominations, including a current curriculum vita, must be received no later than September 28, 2016 to be considered. Completed nominations should be sent to Dr. Chien-Lin Yang (yangc@ada.org), and will be forwarded to the JCNDE Committee on Research and Development. Nominees will be informed of decisions by October 15, 2016 at the latest.

 

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