CHICAGO (June 26, 2012)—The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public, is pleased to announce that 352 dentists have earned the AGD’s prestigious Fellowship and Mastership Awards, which were bestowed during a special Convocation ceremony on June 23, 2012. Convocation was held at the AGD 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, June 21 to 24, in Philadelphia.
“We are proud to honor all of the 2012 recipients for their commitment to continuing education and the dental profession,” says AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD. “These individuals have distinguished themselves professionally among their peers and are role models to their fellow dentists and to the members of the community.”
This year, the AGD presented the Fellowship Award to 255 dentists. This award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To receive this honor, the dentists must complete 500 hours of continuing dental education, pass a comprehensive exam, and fulfill three years of continuous membership in the AGD.
An additional 97 dentists received the AGD’s Mastership Award. The Mastership Award is the highest honor available at the AGD and one of the most respected designations within the dental profession. To receive this honor, the dentists must earn their Fellowship Award and complete an additional 1,100 hours of continuing dental education.
Dentists who have earned Fellowship or Mastership from the AGD make up a distinct group—they represent less than 6% of all general dentists practicing in the United States and Canada.
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