The American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) is a professional organization of dentists and allied health care providers, dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through the promotion of excellence in education, research, and patient care in the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.
The American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) is an organization of dentists dedicated to enhancing the quality of care and service to the public through a validated certification process of dentists in the field of Orofacial Pain. Therefore, the ABOP represents the examining and certifying organization for qualified providers to meet the standards for appropriate orofacial pain care.
The AAOP and ABOP, while allied organizations with similar goals, are two separate and distinct organizations.
The activities of these organizations include:
1. AAOP recognizes certification via the ABOP examinations as a required credential for obtaining AAOP Fellowship status (post 2006).
2. AAOP encourages its qualified active members to take the ABOP examination.
3. ABOP encourages its Diplomates to consider the benefits of joining AAOP and attending the annual AAOP scientific meetings.
4. AAOP and ABOP seek to cooperate under the tenets of this memorandum whenever possible and within the terms of their duly stated specific missions and intended goals.