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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 98-99
The Indian Board of Endodontics: Founded in 2013

General Secretary, Indian Board of Endodontics, India

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Date of Web Publication1-Jan-2014

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Gopikrishna V. The Indian Board of Endodontics: Founded in 2013. J Conserv Dent 2014;17:98-9

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The Indian Board of Endodontics (IBE) constituted under the aegis of the Indian Endodontic Society-IES (Regd.) was inaugurated on 14th November 2013 by His Excellency Honorable Governor of Andhra Pradesh Shri ESL Narasimhan. The founder members and office bearers of the IBE are Dr Anil Kohli - Chairman, Dr B Suresh Chandra-Vice Chairman, Dr V Gopikrishna-Secretary General, Dr Vivek Hegde-Director, and Dr Sanjay Miglani-Director. The exofficio members of the board will be the President and Secretary General of the IES.

To commemorate this occasion, the status of "Honorary Diplomate of the IBE" was conferred upon the following eleven distinguished members for their significant contributions toward the growth of art and science of endodontics: Dr A Parameswaran, Dr RC Kakar, Dr Dibyendu Mazumder, Dr B Suresh Chandra, Dr Vimal Sikri, Dr Naseem Shah, Dr Shimon Friedman, Dr Anil Kishen, Dr KS Banga, Dr L Lakshminarayanan, and Dr Anil Kohli.

The mission of the IBE is to certify individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary knowledge and skills in the field of endodontics and allied sciences. The Board also seeks to certify those who are committed to life-long learning and a lifetime of ethical practices, who value the doctor/patient relationship, who respect those with philosophical, cultural or physical differences, and who are committed to the advancement of the Science of Endodontics.

The IBE here within recognizes its responsibility to the profession and to the public and accepts this responsibility through the conduct of an examination designed to identify individuals with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes deemed important to those who will be called Diplomates of the IBE.

   Goals of IBE Top

  1. Advance the specialty practice of endodontics and enhance oral health care for the public.
  2. Determine the level of competency, certify and publicly recognize those who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and technical skill in the specialty of endodontics and have met the standards established by the Board.
  3. Ensure that diplomats meet a high degree of knowledge and skill criteria and issue certificates to these individuals, indicating they have met the established criteria.
  4. Ensure that diplomats maintain continued proficiency in Science of Endodontics and allied subjects
  5. Provide the public and profession with information regarding individuals who are IBE certified.
  6. Maintain the high standards of excellence in the specialty of endodontics.
  7. Encourage the specialty to advance itself through IBE certification.

   Need for Board Certification Top

The process of board certification in neither new nor novel. This concept of stimulating and recognizing professionals who exhibit highest standards of clinical acumen and care is well-established in many fields of medicine and dentistry. The IBE has been created based on norms well-established in this realm. IBE acknowledges the intellectual inputs provided by the American Board of Endodontics, Indian Board of Orthodontics, Indian Board of Prosthodontics, and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The IBE endeavors to foster clinical excellence among endodontists, thereby enhancing the quality of endodontic care rendered to the Indian public at large. The Board is established on the premise that it shall examine applicants and if they are found clinically proficient shall issue a Certificate of Excellence to those who meet the standards established by the IBE.

   Procedure for IBE Board Certification Top

Educationally, qualified candidates will proceed in an orderly fashion through the various phases leading to certification. They must indicate by letter, documentation, and payment of fees their willingness to participate and successfully complete each phase leading to certification.

Board applicant (Phase I)

A candidate shall be designated "Board Applicant", on receiving Board registration on successful submission of the application for Board Certification.

Required qualifications for an IBE Board Applicant

A candidate to successfully qualify to be an IBE Board Applicant by the IBE must:

  1. Have completed Masters Program in the specialty of endodontics/equivalent duly recognized by the Dental Council of India.
  2. He/she should be a good standing active member of the IES.
  3. Must have a minimum of 5 years of teaching/clinical experience after completion of post graduation in endodontics.
  4. The application shall be submitted on or before the dates Specified by the Board.
  5. The submitted application is scrutinized and approved by IBE, and
  6. Have satisfactory moral and ethical standing in the dental profession

Duration of eligibility - the period of Board applicant eligibility begins on the date when the individual's application is accepted and approved by the board and is extended to the candidate for 6 consecutive years. However, board eligibility status will be forfeited if the Part I written examination is not taken within 2 years of eligibility. Although eligibility may be reestablished by reapplication, all phases of the examination must be successfully completed within 6 years of initial eligibility. No reapplications are acceptable after this 6-year period unless, upon consultation with the applicant, the entire board determines that unusual circumstances warrant an extension of the duration of eligibility.

Board eligible (Phase II)

A candidate who has successfully completed the written examination of the Board shall be designated "Board Eligible." Phase II consists of a written examination in basic sciences, applied biomedical sciences, endodontic theory and practice.

Phase II Written Examination

The Phase II examination is a 3 h written examination conducted during the Annual Post Graduate Convention held by IES each year during May-June.

The written examination contains 200 questions. Questions are multiple choices, consisting of a stem with four or five foils, and are designed to test recall skills and the candidate's ability to apply knowledge, interpret data, and solve problems.

The subject areas include anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, general and oral pathology, microanatomy, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology, vascular and neurophysiology, pulpal and periradicular pathophysiology, radiology, oral medicine, biostatistics, clinical endodontics, dental materials related to endodontics, related dental disciplines, and classic and current literature.


  • All Board applicants must complete Phase II examination within 5 years of their Board Applicant status, that is, from the date of registration by the Board. In the event that they do not sit Part II or do not pass Part II within 5 years of their Board Applicant status they have to reregister themselves.
Board certified (Phase III)

On successful completion of the case presentation and oral examination the candidate shall become a "Diplomat of the IBE" and shall be designated "Board Certified."

Phase III Case Presentation and Oral Examination

Phase III examination includes case discussion and presentations on treated patients in all aspects of endodontics. Case presentation requires submission of documentation of a variety of cases. Candidates must present cases treated by themselves. Computer-enhanced or altered x-rays or photographs are not permitted. Any fraud will attract permanent debarment from the IBE and a recommendation for removal from active membership of IES. The cases must be diverse and complex enough to demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics. A total number of 10 cases should be presented. The details of the types of cases and format of documentation are prescribed in the application form.

During the oral examination, the candidate is expected to answer questions pertaining to patient presentation, the broad science and concepts of endodontics, and the allied basic and applied sciences. Evaluation of a candidate's performance in this portion of the certification process involves a thorough review of the patient presentation materials by all members of the Board, with an in-depth review by the two examiners of the Board who will conduct the oral examination.

Candidates who successfully complete all the three phases of the examination will be IBE board certified as "Diplomate of IBE." Members are requested to visit the official website of IBE: for further details.

The dawn of this new chapter in endodontics in India will also create an awareness among the general public that board certified endodontists would provide the highest standards of clinical care in saving their teeth.

Jai Hind…

Correspondence Address:
Velayutham Gopikrishna
General Secretary, Indian Board of Endodontics
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.124173

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