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DLOSCE™ Historical Timeline

ADA’s Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) charged the Department of Testing Services (DTS) with developing a business plan for development and implementation of a Dental Licensure OSCE. CDEL reviewed the plan at their December 2016 meeting and recommended the ADA’s Board of Trustees provide development funding to create a Dental Licensure OSCE (DLOSCE). 

A National Licensure Task Force, jointly sponsored by ADA and ADEA, unanimously endorsed the development of the DLOSCE at its January 2017 meeting.

The ADA Board of Trustees spent considerable time at its February 2017 Board Meeting discussing the DLOSCE business plan written by the Department of Testing Services. The Board of Trustees authorized the formation of a DLOSCE Steering Committee charged with developing and validating the DLOSCE. Gary L. Roberts, ADA President, appointed the individuals to the Steering Committee based on criteria established by the Board of Trustees. 

Two articles were published – on March 20 and April 24 – announcing the development of the DLOSCE.  

The DLOSCE Steering Committee held its inaugural meeting in July 2017 at the ADA headquarters in Chicago. The Committee also met via conference call in December 2017. 

In March 2018, a Test Specifications Review Panel – composed of eleven industry experts and including three steering committee members - to create a recommendation for DLOSCE test specifications. These test specifications include the examination’s major content areas and the corresponding percentage of questions for each area. The Steering Committee approved these test specifications at a meeting later that same month. 

In addition to the March 2018 meeting, the Steering Committee met via conference call in May 2018. During this meeting, the Steering Committee identified 28 test constructors including general dentists and general educators with broad expertise. The Steering Committee also authorized the formation of a working committee to assist in recommending the Test Committee Team structure and developing DLOSCE question templates. 

The Steering Committee will meet via conference call Winter 2018.

ADA’s Department of Testing Services, along with members of the Steering Committee, gave several presentations on the DLOSCE:

  • ADEA Annual Session
  • Southern Deans
  • Oregon Board of Dentistry 
  • University of Washington
  • Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • American Association of Dental Boards 
  • American Association of Endodontists
  • ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure
  • Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission (meeting pending)

A presentation covering updates to the DLOSCE was given at the 2019 ADEA Annual Session. 

The DLOSCE is expected to launch in 2020.