Qualifying Examination Prep Course

Event Overview

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

February 16-18, 2024

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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Registration Fees



By Jan 16, 2024   


After Jan 16, 2024


AAPD Member 






AAPD Student Member 





Nonmember Dentist





Course Information

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 a good understanding of high-yield reference materials and readings that aid in preparation for the ABPD Qualifying Exam
  • Apply scientific and biological principles supporting the practice of pediatric dentistry
  • Understand basic and advanced behavior guidance techniques
  • Identify key aspects of pediatric growth and development
  • Recognize evidence-based non-restorative and restorative techniques
  • Appreciate aspects of pulp therapy and trauma that impact care for pediatric patients
  • Better understand important aspects of oral pathology, oral radiology, and oral medicine that impact the care of patients with special healthcare needs
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
7:30-10 AM – Prevention, caries , anticipatory guidance, and advocacy – Sarvas (2.5 h)
10:00 AM - Break
10:15-12:00 PM- Restorative Dental Care and oral Rehabilitation Part I Nelson (1.75)
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00-3:30 PM - Pulp Therapy/Orofacial Trauma – Sarvas (2.5 h)
3:30 PM – Break
3:45 PM– Pharmacologic behavior guidance Part I: Local Anesthesia and Nitrous Oxide – Nelson (1.5 h)
5:15 PM – Adjourn

6:45 AM – Continental Breakfast
7:15-8:15 AM – Radiologic principles, radiation safety, infection control – Yepes (1 h)
8:15-9:45 AM Periodontal disease, Immunology, Research appraisal – Yepes (1.5 h)
9:45 AM - Break
10:00-11:30 AM - Oral Diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine, dental anomalies Part I – Yepes (1.5 h)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Oral Diagnosis/oral pathology/oral medicine, dental anomalies Part II – Yepes (1.0 h)
12:30 PM– Lunch
1:30-2:30 PM – Craniofacial Growth and Development (prenatal and postnatal)- Law (1.05 h)
2:30-3:30 PM – Special Health Care Needs, syndromes Part I – Yepes (1.0 h)
3:30 pm – Break
3:45-4:30 PM – Special Health Care Needs, syndromes Part II – Yepes (1.5 h)
4:30-5:30 PM - Child Development and Behavior Assessment-Law (1.0 h)
5:30 pm – Adjourn

6:45 AM – Continental Breakfast
7:15-8:15 AM – Restorative Dental Care and Oral Rehabilitation Part II Nelson (1.0)
8:15-9:15 AM - Pharmacologic behavior guidance Part II: Procedural Sedation and General Anesthesia – Nelson (1 h)
9:15 AM – Break
9:30 AM-12:30 PM - Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (dental) (1 h)– Law (3.0hr);
12:30 PM – Closing Remarks and adjourn

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

CE Hours AAPD designates this activity for 22 continuing education credits.

Room Block
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

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:

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