100% of pediatric residents pass qualifying exam

11 Pedo Gator copyCongratulations to the University of Florida College of Dentistry recently-graduated pediatric dental residents – all of whom passed the qualifying examination of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) in July 2013.

“We were very proud to learn of the 100 percent pass rate for our residents. It certainly speaks highly of both our educational program and of our residents,” said Marcio Guelmann, chair of the UF department of pediatric dentistry.

Five candidates completed their residency in the college’s Gainesville-based program: Drs. Michael Gooch, Kate Lambery, Michele Lau, Kathy Parsons and Patrick Weaver. Another three completed their residency at the NCEF Pediatric Dental Center in Naples, Fla.: Drs. Lafe Chaffee, Meggan Krause and Jennifer Senge.

The qualifying exam tests academic knowledge in pediatric dentistry and is one section of the two-part certification for Diplomate status in the ABPD. Passing this portion qualifies the candidates to move to the second step in their boards – the oral clinical exam that enables candidates to demonstrate proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical care for pediatric patients.