The Component I Examination is a written examination, comprised of 2 papers and consists of short answer questions. The focus of Component I is the didactic and clinical science basis of Pediatric Dentistry and is based on the classical and contemporary Pediatric Dental literature.
Topics for Review
Depending on the topic, candidates are expected to demonstrate different knowledge levels (‘in-depth’, ‘understanding’, and ‘familiarity’), as indicated below:
In-depth – thorough knowledge of concepts and theories for the purpose of critical analysis, synthesis, and evaluation (highest level).
Understanding – adequate knowledge with the ability to apply concepts.
Topics of Study
Child Development & Non-pharmacological Behavior Guidance
Biomedical sciences (including genetics, anatomy and embryology)
Pharmacological Behaviour Guidance – General Anesthesia
Infection Control & Occupational Hazards
Record Keeping & Informed Consent
Biostatistics / Epidemiology
Candidate Study Guide
The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during Component I of the National Dental Specialty Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.