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INBDE Timeline

Members of the Committee see the creation of an integrated examination as a long term project. The Joint Commission has stated that at least four years advance notice will be given before the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) is implemented.

Work Completed To Date

In April, 2009, the Joint Commission adopted the resolution to “. . . appoint a Committee for an Integrated Examination (CIE) to develop and validate a new examination instrument for dentistry that integrates basic, behavioral and clinical sciences to assess entry level competency in dental practice.”

Since its first meeting in January, 2010, the CIE has been actively working on INBDE development. In 2010, the CIE began work on the Domain of Dentistry to define and structure the content of the examination. By the end of the year, a draft model had been created. This model identifies the foundational knowledge areas and clinical competencies that establish the content domain for the INBDE.

In 2011, two key documents were released for wider review by stakeholders and communities of interest: 1) The Foundation Knowledge for the General Dentist, and 2) The Model of the Domain of Dentistry. Feedback was incorporated into the model in 2012, and these documents were approved by the Joint Commission in 2013.

Considerable effort has been made to keep interested parties informed concerning INBDE development. A website and email address were established, newsletters were distributed, and several presentations have been delivered to AADB and ADEA.

Please see the INBDE Frequently Asked Questions page for a detailed description of efforts undertaken to date.

Future Activities

While great progress has been made, many important tasks still remain before the new examination can be introduced. This work will be done simultaneously with updates and continuing administration of the current NBDE Part I and Part II. Key INBDE development activities include:

Examination Construction
Test Construction Committees will develop the new integrated items for the INBDE. Solid test development guidelines will be developed to assist the test constructors. The scoring system will be finalized, and data about the effectiveness of test items will be collected and analyzed. Pilot studies will be conducted to ensure the new processes and ensuing results achieve the purpose of the INBDE.

Transition Plan
A transition plan will be developed so that the implementation of the INBDE is sensitive to the needs of students and faculty members. Several scenarios need to be considered, such as candidates who have passed Part I but not Part II when the INBDE is implemented. Another scenario concerns candidates who have taken – but not passed – Part I or Part II when the INBDE is launched.

Test Administration Preparation
Administration procedures for the new examination will need to be determined. Joint Commission policies and standing rules will be reviewed to determine what updates will be needed.

Timeline for the INBDE

The following provides a historical view of INBDE activities.

  • 2009 - 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014

Continuing Education

This web site will be an important resource to provide progress updates, request feedback, and to make key deliverables available. Information will also be sent to individuals on the INBDE mailing list, and provided through presentations.

The Joint Commission welcomes comments and feedback from all stakeholders and communities of interest. Information can be sent to the committee by email using the following address:jcndecie@ada.org. While individual responses are not possible, the committee reviews all comments, feedback and questions.