The Certifying (Part 2) Examination takes place annually each February in Dallas, Texas. Each candidate will appear before one examiner on Friday and a different examiner on Saturday. The candidate will be tested on three different protocols during each session.
The Trustees of the American Board of Urology, who are selected for their expertise in clinical urology, develop protocols and questions for this examination. After an individual Trustee develops an oral protocol, it is presented to a subgroup of other Trustees for comments and critique. The protocol is then rewritten as many times as necessary so that it is clear, representative of the problem at hand, and relevant to the field of clinical urology. When all in the group agree that it is an acceptable protocol, it is reviewed by the entire Board of Trustees who then selects the best protocols for use on the oral examination.
Oral examiners include current and former Trustees of the American Board of Urology and carefully-selected, well-qualified guest examiners. The guest examiners are selected from across the country for their knowledge, their ability to be fair and consistent, and their reputation for clinical urology. Prior to the Qualifying (Part 2) Examination, the protocols are presented to the entire group of examiners so that all examiners understand the details of each protocol.