Dr. Medema is a Diplomate in the American Board of Endodontics and is the only Board Certified endodontist practicing in Grand Rapids, MI

What is the American Board of Endodontics?

Founded in 1956, the American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying board in the dental specialty of endodontics recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists. The purpose of the ABE is to assure the public that the endodontists it certifies have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise in the specialty of endodontics and to progressively raise the quality of patient care.

How did Dr. Medema become Board Certified?

To become Board Certified, Dr. Medema completed three examinations and met the requirements listed below:

Education: Graduated from an accredited ADA approved postdoctoral program. Dr. Medema completed this at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Written Examination: Dr. Medema passed a one day written exam that tested a broad range of fields including anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, statistics, clinical endodontics and related disciplines.

Case History Examination: Dr. Medema passed a portfolio based exam where a variety of cases were submitted to demenstrate exceptional knowledge, skills and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics.

Oral Examination: Dr. Medema passed an oral exam where a team of experts questioned him about a variety of diagnosis and treatment situations. Throughout the extensive interview, he was required to demonstrate a high level of skill in problem solving, decision making, analysis, creativity and evaluation. He was also required to quote literature to support his answers.

What is the Value of Board Certification?

By achieving Diplomate status, your endodontist has shown great motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth. A Board Certified endodontist understands the importance of:

  • Achieving the highest level of knowledge and skill possible
  • Continually pursuing new knowledge and experience
  • Fully understanding and applying new research and advances in the practice of endodontics
  • Ensuring the highest possible quality of care for you, the patient

Medema Endodontics introduces TDO software

Medema Endodontics is now operating using a new software system called TDO (The Digital Office). We are dedicated to innovative practices in both patient care and management. We also strive to maintain compliance with HIPAA in all of our communications and are working towards a paperless practice environment. All information shared through our system is done so using a secure network.

Patients can now register online and complete the necessary paperwork from home. This improves the work flow in our office and saves patients time.

Referring doctors and staff can now refer patients online as well as view post treatment reports.

We are excited to adopt this technology into our office and hope you can appreciate all the benefits of the new system.

Dr. Medema travels to St. Louis for ABE Oral Boards

On October 20th, Dr. Medema traveled to St. Louis and successfully passed the oral exam for the American Board of Endodontists.

This is the second stage of a three part examination that endodontists can complete following their residency program. Dr. Medema is now preparing for final portion of the exam which requires him to complete a case history portfolio. He plans to submit this portion in the spring of 2015!

We want everyone to be aware that all endodontists are licensed by the state to practice. However, because it is an optional exam, less than 20% of endodontists in the country are certified by the American Board of Endodontists.

If you would like more information about the board certification process please click here!

Medema Endodontics Launches New Website

We are proud to introduce our new website to the dental community. Our goal is to provide you with up to date information about the specialty of endodontics. We know that the best decisions are made when patients are educated about their treatment options! We hope you enjoy our site.

Dr. Medema visits Hannapel Orthodontics

As one of the newest dentists in Caledonia, Dr. Medema has been visiting with many of his colleagues in the community. Recently, he was able to reconnect with some of his dental school classmates who were shadowing at Dr. Hannapel’s office as part of their orthodontic residency program at the University of Michigan.