AF Part 2 (Oral/Case)

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The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is clinically oriented. Candidates demonstrate their knowledge of the implant dentistry through five standardized cases and the reports that they submit to satisfy the case requirements for the examination.

Applying for the Oral/Case Exam

The candidate must receive a passing score on Part 1 (written) examination before applying to take the second part, which is the oral/case examination. The oral/case examination must be completed successfully within four years after passing the Part 1 (written) examination; and candidates for the oral/case examination must be general members of the Academy in good standing.

Part 2: Oral/Case exam application

The oral/case part of the Associate Fellow examination is given in Chicago once a year, usually in late April or early May, and the application deadline each year is February 1. Applications for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination must be received by February 1. A $250 nonrefundable processing fee is required with the application.

When applications for the examination are received in the Headquarters Office, each candidate is issued an examination number. Candidates must use their assigned number to identify all materials submitted for their examination.

The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is given in English. Therefore, candidates for whom English is not their primary language are urged to evaluate carefully their ability to take an oral examination in English. If needed, an interpreter may be requested on the application form. The interpreter will be supplied by the AAID, and the candidate will be responsible for the cost of this service, which will be based on the prevailing rate at the time of the examination and must be paid at least 30 days before the examination date.

Case reports are due in the Headquarters Office 45 days before the examination period begins. The case reports must be submitted in electronic format and must follow the Guidelines for Case Reports (see below.) The applicant is responsible for insuring that the case materials arrive by that date; therefore, use of a delivery process that allows verification of receipt in the Headquarters Office is recommended.

After the report submission deadline, the applicants whose case reports have been received in the Headquarters office will be notified of the specific date and time of their examinations. The submitted reports become the property of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and will not be returned.

Choosing the Location 

The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is held once each year usually in late April or early May.  The 2019 oral/case examinations will be held April 11 – April 14 in Chicago, IL. 


The Chicago examinations are held annually in the same building as the AAID Headquarters office.  Candidates are assigned an examination appointment of approximately 2 1/2 hours for the examination. Candidates travel to Chicago for the in-person examinations. The candidates are responsible for their travel arrangements. Applications for the 2019 Chicago examination are due in the AAID Headquarters Office by February 1, 2019. A $250 application processing fee is payable at the time of application.

Cancellation/Refunds: Application fees are non-refundable.  If the candidate cancels in writing on or before the case submission deadline (March 9, 2019) the application fee may be transfered to a future examination. Those who cancel after the case submission deadline will need to resubmit application and fee. 

Exam Timeline 

February 1, 2019: Application due to AAID Headquarters

March 1, 2019: Case Reports due 

March 9, 2019: Final day to cancel and transfer application fee

March 15, 2019: Examination appointment date and time distributed

April 11 - 14, 2019: Examination dates in Chicago, IL

June 14, 2019: Results distributed by email

October 26, 2019: Induction of new Associate Fellows and Fellows in Las Vegas, NV


The Part 2 (oral/case) examination is held at a second location by web conference every two years.  The 2019 web conference examination  has been cancelled due to lack of participants.

Candidate Requirement:  The web conference examination is designed for a capacity of 20 applicants.  The AAID reserves the right to cancel the examination if a minimum of 18 applicants are not received. 

What happens at the oral/case examination? 

Each candidate must submit and present three (3) cases on three (3) different patients for in-depth discussion with the examiners for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination. Candidates must list the cases that they will present in their application for Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination.

On the examination day, the candidate's appointment for examination will be approximately 2 ½ hours. Notifications of the specific appointment date and time are not distributed until after the case report submission deadline.  

For the oral examination, candidates review a written description, a panograph and a photograph for five (5) standardized cases and then respond to questions related to the treatment of the case. The case examination is based on the cases submitted by the candidate and follows a case presentation and discussion format.

The DeMystifying the AAID credentialing exam program at the Annual Conference includes a mock board presentation  of an Associate Fellow oral examination. 

Watch the mock board video here

Recorded at the 2016 Annual Conference 

Case Requirements

Beginning with the 2018 examinations, the required photos have changed  in the case requirements. 

Guidelines for Associate Fellow Case Reports

  • The candidate must have provided surgical and/or restorative treatment for each of the submitted cases. 
  • The cases presented for the examination must include implants that are at least 3 mm in diameter.
  • Each case must be on a different patient.
  • Each case must be complete with the final prosthesis of the candidate's choice.
  • The case must be in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. Function is measured from the date of the final prosthesis to the first day of the examination period. 

2019 Case Report Requirements and Resources

Failure to comply with these case report guidelines, including the radiographs, photographs and medical histories, will greatly affect the candidate's case report score.