As many of you know, Dr. Jay and Dr. Janice are Fellows in the Academy of General Dentistry (hence the FAGD, after our names). Some of you are aware that we are in the process of completing the requirements for our Mastership. We came across a description on the AGD website of what these designations involve and wanted to share:
The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today.
A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and an example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education. To earn a FAGD, your dentist must complete a minimum of 500 continuing dental education credit hours, pass a comprehensive exam and have been an AGD member for three continuous years.
A general dentist who has earned the designation “Master”of the AGD has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements. To attain a MAGD, your dentist must first be a Fellow in the AGD. Then your dentist must earn and additional 600 approved continuing dental education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses.