Fellowship, Mastership and LLL Awards
If you're seeking the best opportunity to distinguish yourself professionally through quality continuing education, consider Fellowship in the AGD. Attaining Fellowship is a rigorous process that requires three years of membership in the AGD, passing an exam, and culminates with receipt of an award at the convocation ceremony held each year at the AGD annual meeting.
To be eligible for Fellowship, you are required to maintain three years of continuous membership within the AGD. Your eligibility extends to September 30 of the year of the convocation for which you apply. To join the AGD, fill out an application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 888.243.3368, ext. 5300.
Taking the comprehensive, 400-question exam is one step toward achieving Fellowship. It can be taken as early as your first year of active membership. Click here for more information about the AGD Fellowship Examination.
Completion of 500 hours of approved continuing education credit is required, with at least 350 hours earned in course attendance. Credit may be earned through post-graduate education, self-instruction programs, teaching, and authorship of a published scientific article. Download the specific Fellowship Award Guidelines A maximum of 150 credit hours can be earned in each of the 16 dental subjects.
Approved program providers include those accepted by AGD Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) or American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). These programs can be local or national. We encourage you to contact all AGD constituents, dental schools, local study clubs, and other approved providers to find out what courses are available.
The NYSAGD offers a variety of courses to help aid you in fulfilling your continuing education credit.
Achieving Mastership is a professional designation within the AGD beyond Fellowship, and reflects a general dentist's ongoing commitment to provide quality care through continuing education. There are four distinct steps that need to be accomplished in order to earn the Mastership Award.
The AGD Fellowship Award can be obtained by maintaining three years of continuous membership in the AGD, passing the Fellowship Exam, completing 500 hours of continuing education, submitting an award application, and finally, receipt of the award at the convocation ceremony held at the AGD Annual Meeting.
To achieve Mastership, the individual must complete a minimum of 1,100 hours in approved continuing dental education. Download the specific Mastership Award Guidelines.
At least 400 hours must be accrued in participation courses, those that involve actual application of a technique or skill under close supervision by highly qualified experts. Masters have been trained by the best to be the best.
In addition, to qualify for Mastership, individuals must meet the requirements of a rigorous didactic formula that insures they are exposed to current scientific and clinical approaches in all disciplines of dentistry.
Approved program providers include those accepted by AGD Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) or American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP). These programs include the Empire State Masters Program as well as programs througout the country. We encourage you to contact all AGD constituents, dental schools, local study clubs, and other approved providers to find out what courses are available.