The Academy offers the in-service examination to periodontal programs across North America, so that programs directors and students can evaluate their overall learning acquisition and content-based strengths and developmental areas. The Academy relies on a cadre of highly qualified academicians and researchers to develop the examination content.
The in-service examination is administered annually each spring. The 2018 application submission process will begin in January 2018. For more information, please contact your program director.
2018 Examination Schedule and Application
|Jan. 18, 2018||Applications and fees due to AAP – Deadline for residents/students to submit exam application and fees. 2018 Inservice Application Form
Deadline for program directors or designee to submit Program Information Form.
|Feb. 26 – Mar. 9, 2018||Examination administered by programs. Check with your postdoctoral program director to determine the exact day and time that the exam will be administered at your institution.|
AAP Student Member rate: $135
Non-member rate: $245
Residents/students who are non-members and wish to become members must complete the membership application and pay dues before submitting the in-service exam application. We suggest they become student members by January 2, 2018, so their membership can be processed prior to their examination application.
In-Service Examination Refund Policy
To receive a full or partial refund, the Academy must receive a letter from the student’s postdoctoral director on school letterhead verifying that the student is unable to take the In-Service Exam by the dates listed below.
January 31, 2018: Last day to receive full refund.
February 5, 2018: Last day to receive a 50% refund.
After February 5, 2018: No refunds will be provided.
Studying for the Examination
The Academy provides multiple study resources. Recommended study materials include current literature, past in-service examinations and other documents listed below. The symbol indicates a member only resource.
- 2016 & 2017 In Service Exam questions and answers
- Study Resources
- AAP Position Papers
- Glossary of Periodontal Terms
- Periodontal Literature Reviews
- 2016 In-Service Exam’s Most Frequently Used References and Format for Drug References and Acronyms will be available February 9th
- Journal of Periodontology Annals of Periodontology (Vols. 4-8 Online) and Clinical Advances in Periodontics
- AAP Annual Meeting seminar recordings and videos: Free access through the generous grants from gold sponsor Philips Sonicare. Ask your program director for access.
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