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Moving forward

August 22, 2016 To help move change forward, the ADA's 2015-16 Licensure Task Force is focused on "policy to action" by encouraging more state dental boards to accept results of all five agencies' clinical exams as well as to enhance use of the curriculum integrated format by all clinical testing agencies until such time as nonpatient-based licensure examinations are established.

In addition, the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and the ADA Department of Testing Services are investigating the feasibility of developing a nonpatient-based, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) for licensure purposes. The ADA Board of Trustees will consider a report on the feasibility study later this year. An invitation-only forum for selected state dental boards will be held during ADA 2016 to solicit feedback on an OSCE.