The Joint Commission's Committee on Research and Development reviews and endorses five deliverables from the CIE:
1. Updated Domain of Dentistry presentation
2. Comparison of Foundation Knowledge Areas
3. Additional INBDE Preliminary Operational Recommendations
4. Updates on the INBDE Item Development Guide
5. INBDE Preliminary Model Items.
The Joint Commission presents a session devoted to the INBDE at the ADEA Conference. The Joint Commission delivers an update on INBDE progress during the National Dental Examiner's Advisory Forum (NDEAF) at the AADB Mid-Year Meeting.
During its annual meeting, the full Joint Commission reviews and endorses the aforementioned five deliverables from the CIE. it approves item-writing conventions for the INBDE Patient Box format of case items, and agrees to provide stakeholders and communities of interest at least four years' notice of official, score implementation of the INBDE. The Joint Commission forms an ad hoc committee on image review to focus on improving images and radiographs for the National Board Examinations, including the INBDE. The Joint Commission reviews and adopts the CIE's preliminary operational recommendations for the INBDE and a change in terminology related to clinical areas.
The CIE meets and reviews model INBDE items, including Patient Box presentations. The committee agrees to launch a model item survey during the summer or fall to obtain feedback on items from students eligible for NBDE Part II. CIE reviews draft INBDE Implementation Plan and approves it for posting to website.
INBDE TCC item writing sessions continue to be held. At an INBDE TCC item-writing session, the "Concept Map" is presented to provide a visual diagram of the test concepts. Test constructors discuss image quality, case selection, model items, and the Sample Item Field Test.
The CIE meets and discusses results from the INBDE Sample Item Survey, and case and item development.
In a teleconference, the Joint Commission approves the INBDE Implementation Plan and directs staff to publish it on the website and communicate it to stakeholders and communities of interest in 2016 in presentations and in a mailing to state dental boards.
The Department of Testing Services sends emails to dental program directors and other dental constituents announcing INBDE test construction committee vacancies.
The JCNDE provides information on the INBDE's development in presentations at the ADEA Annual Session in March, and at the National Dental Examiner's Advisory Forum and the ADA's Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) meeting in April.
The JCNDE sends an informational letter and the INBDE Implementation Plan to state boards.
The CIE agrees to reappoint INBDE Group B test construction committee members and appoint the new INBDE TCCs for 2017, including:
- Two general INBDE TCCs (Groups C and D, each consisting of 15 positions)
- One General Dentist Case Development TCC (9 positions)
- One General Dentist Form Assembly and Review TCC (5 positions)
- One Item Classification TCC (2 positions)
The JCNDE discusses the INBDE’s development progress during its annual meeting and adopts a resolution establishing a retest policy for the INBDE and for the transition period when candidates will have the option of taking the NBDE Part II or the INBDE. The INBDE Item Development Guide is approved for posting to the JCNDE website.
The CIE discusses Short Form Field Test, scheduled for administration during the fall, and incentives for participation.
The CIE selects and assigns TCC members for 2017 and 2018.
The JCNDE provides an update on the INBDE to the New Jersey State Board of Dentistry.
At a meeting held in Chicago, the CIE recommends adding new CIE members, representing TCCs. The Committee also discusses INBDE item development and review, and the number and composition of TCCs for 2017 and recommends adding a general dentist TCC to assess items for clinical relevance.
The INBDE Short Form Field Test is offered to third- and fourth-year dental students who are eligible to take the NBDE Part II.
New CIE members are appointed for 2017 at the end of this year.
The CIE and TCCs continue development of the INBDE, with a prototype Standard Form Field Test (Field Test C) slated for administration in late 2017 for candidates from accredited dental programs who are eligible for NBDE Part II.
The following meetings pertaining to the INBDE are scheduled for 2017:
- February 24 – Committee for an Integrated Examination conference call to discuss results of the INBDE Short Form Field Test
- March 3 – JCNDE Committee on Research and Development meeting to review results of INBDE Short Form Field Test
- June 14 – At JCNDE Annual Meeting, Commissioners are expected to review INBDE Short Form Field Test results
- July 21 – In-person CIE meeting
- November 10 – In-person CIE meeting