Qualifying Examination Prep Course 2023

Event Overview

Who Should Attend
Those preparing to take the Qualifying Examination Test.

February 3-5, 2023

Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce St
Nashville, TN 37203

Take advantage of the amazing group rate of $289 by using this link to book your hotel room.

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Registration Fee



By January 3, 2023 After January 3, 2023

 AAPD Member



AAPD Student Member








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Course Description
This course will help you prepare for the first step toward becoming a Diplomate - taking and passing the ABPD Qualifying Examination. It will be presented by leading educators and clinicians who will utilize a lecture format to review subjects and materials included in the board examination.

Learn about the various domains contained in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry examination and how to be prepared for this type of high-stakes written examination.

Participation in this course does not guarantee successful completion of board exams.

Course Objectives
At the conclusion of the course, participants will have gained a better understanding of how to prepare for the ABPD Qualifying Exam including:

  • The scientific and biological principles supporting the practice of pediatric dentistry
  • Topical areas of the exam
  • Recommended reference materials
  • Suggested readings for exam preparation
Speakers and Schedule

Course Chair and Speaker: Travis Nelson, DDS, MSD, MPH

Elise Sarvas, DDS, MSD, MPH

Juan Yepes, DDS, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH, FDS RCDS(Ed)

Clarice Law, DMD, MS, FAAPD



6:45 am - Registration & Continental breakfast

7:15 am - Welcome -- Nelson

7:30 am – Pharmacologic behavior guidance Part I: Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide – Nelson

9:00 am - Break

9:15-10:15 Pharmacologic behavior guidance Part II: Procedural Sedation and General Anesthesia – Nelson

10:15 am – 11:30 – Child Development/Behavior Guidance/Milestones--Law

11:30 am –12:00 pm Craniofacial Growth and Development (prenatal) -Law 

12:00 pm – Lunch 1:00 pm

1:00 pm Craniofacial growth and Development (postnatal)—Law

2:00 pm Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment planning (skeletal) – Law

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Pulp Therapy/Orofacial Trauma Part I and Part II – Sarvas

5:30 pm – Adjourn



6:45 am – Continental Breakfast

7:15 am – Radiologic principles, radiation safety, infection control – Yepes

8:15 am - Prevention, caries etiology and anticipatory guidance Part I – Sarvas

9:15 am - Break

9:30 am - Prevention, caries etiology and anticipatory guidance Part II- Sarvas

11:00 AM- 12:30 Periodontal disease, Immunology, Research appraisal – Yepes

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:30 pm – Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (dental) – Law

2:30 pm - Restorative Dental Care and oral Rehabilitation Part I Nelson

4:15 pm - Break

4:30 pm – Restorative Dental care and Oral Rehabilitation Part II Nelson

5:30 pm – Adjourn



6:45 am – Continental Breakfast

7:15 am – Special Health Care Needs, syndromes – Yepes

8:45– Break

9:00 - Oral Diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine, dental anomalies Part I – Yepes

10:30 - Break

10:45 – Oral Diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine, dental anomalies Part II – Yepes

11:45 – Closing remarks

12:00 pm – Adjourn

*Please note the schedule is subject to change and attendees will be notified of any changes**


CE Hours
AAPD designates this activity for 20.5 continuing education credits.

Room Block
Renaissance Nashville
611 Commerce St
Nashville, TN 37203

Full refunds for registration minus a $150 cancellation fee will be given only if written notice of cancellation is received 30 days prior to the course. For one-day courses, the cancellation fee will be $75 with the same rules applying. A 50 percent refund will be given if written notice is received up to two weeks prior to the course. No refunds will be given within one week prior to the course. No refunds will be given for no-shows.

Notice of cancellation can be made online or in writing and sent as follows:

Mail: AAPD Meetings Department 211 East Chicago Ave, Ste. 1600 Chicago, IL 60611

Fax: (312) 337-6329


The meeting sponsors are not responsible for travel expenses or penalties under any circumstances.
For further information, please contact the AAPD Meetings Department at (312) 337-2169.