ABO Angle Certification

1. AMERICAN BOARD OF ORTHODONTICS DOCTOR CERTIFICATION

The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) was founded in 1929. It is the oldest and most prestigious specialty board in dentistry.

Dr. Mina Narula is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and serves as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Instructor at the Loma Linda University since 2002.

The Board upholds four main objectives:

  • To evaluate the knowledge and clinical skills of graduates of accredited orthodontic programs by conducting exams and conferring time-limited certificates
  • To re-evaluate clinical knowledge and skills through administration of recertification exams throughout a Diplomate's career
  • To support the development of quality graduate, postgraduate and continuing education programs in orthodontics
  • To promote and encourage certification expertise throughout the world

BECOMING BOARD CERTIFIED

To become board certified, an orthodontist has to pass a rigorous set of written and clinical examinations, as well as a comprehensive review of their credentials.

  • The initial process of becoming board certified can take anywhere from five to ten years.
  • Once certified, the orthodontist must become recertified every ten years to maintain board certified status.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BOARD CERTIFIED?

A board certified orthodontist, also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, has been voluntarily examined by his/her peers according to knowledge and clinical skills. Becoming board certified signifies the orthodontist's pursuit of continued proficiency and excellence in orthodontics.



2. THE EDWARD H. ANGLE SOCIETY OF ORTHODONTISTS (EHASO)

In addition to being a Board Certified Diplomate, Dr. Narula is one of the few orthodontists chosen in the world (only one in the Coachella Valley) for the prestigious Angle Honor Society.

The Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists (EHASO) grew out of a distinguished Angle School alumni organization begun in 1922. The members were dedicated to Dr. Angle's goals of excellence and progress in the art and science of orthodontics. In 1930, The Angle Orthodontist was inaugurated by the Angle Society as a means of furthering these aims.

Membership, drawn from the entire community of orthodontists, identified as able and willing contributors to the advancement of orthodontics.

The Angle Society presently has only 660 members worldwide! (approximately five percent of North American orthodontists and more than 70 orthodontists from countries outside North America).

BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE ANGLE HONOR SOCIETY

Membership into the Angle Honor Society is by invitation only. Only a select few orthodontists are chosen worldwide, after displaying academic and clinical excellence and university teaching affiliation.

  • To achieve full membership, chosen orthodontists have to complete and present publication-quality research, as well as three to five excellent clinical case reports.
  • Full membership can take anywhere from two to ten years.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT DR. NARULA IS AN ANGLE ORTHODONTIST

A member of the EHASO, or an Angle Orthodontist, signifies Dr. Narula’s pursuit of personal, professional, and academic excellence in orthodontics. She considers it her greatest professional honor.

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