The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Achievement Awards, which will be presented during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held from June 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn. These awards aim to honor outstanding achievement relevant to the dental profession, motivate AGD members and other dental professionals to improve and enhance dentistry through their day-to-day work, and encourage volunteerism within the AGD and the industry.
The AGD Achievement Awards nomination deadline is Nov. 1, and submissions should be postmarked no later than Oct. 23. Nominations are being accepted for three awards: the Albert Borish Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Humanitarian Award.
Albert Borish Award
After going blind, Albert L. Borish, DDS, decided to focus his career on continuing dental education. When he passed away on Dec. 7, 1971, at age 63, he was director of the division of continuing dental education at the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, his alma mater. Dr. Borish also served as chairman of the AGD’s former Council on Continuing Education and initiated the AGD Fellowship and Mastership programs.
The Albert Borish Award, created in 1972, honors someone who exhibits courage in the face of adversity, a deep interest in all facets of dentistry, and selflessness. The honoree should display exceptional dedication to the advancement of dental profession, tenacity of purpose in carrying out goals and ideals to benefit both the profession and the public, and innovation and leadership in initiating positive change and promulgating constructive programs.
AGD members and nonmembers, both dentists and non-dentists, are eligible for nomination. Members of the Board of Trustees and past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominations may only be submitted by an active AGD member.
Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1986 to honor AGD member Robert Hurdle, DDS, FAGD, for his remarkable service and leadership. Dr. Hurdle was a member of the AGD’s former Council on Continuing Education, Examinations Committee, and FAGD Exam Construction Committee. He strove to develop and administer the best possible exam for the AGD each year.
The Distinguished Service Award acknowledges the outstanding service and leadership of an AGD council, committee, or task force member whose contributions have resulted in significant and fundamental advances toward fulfilling the organization’s overall mission. The recipient of this award will be someone serving in an appointed position whose dedication has gone above and beyond the requirements of his or her role. To be eligible for the award, an individual must be an innovator and a leader who has made specific, tangible contributions toward the enhancement of the AGD and made positive changes for the benefit of the organization’s membership and the dental profession as a whole.
Nominees must be current or past council, committee, or task force members. Members of the Board of Trustees and past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominations may only be submitted by an AGD officer, trustee, regional director, or council, committee or task force member.
Since its creation in 1982, the Humanitarian Award has annually recognized a dentist who demonstrates humanitarianism through voluntary service, civic leadership, and delivery of quality dental care.
The honoree will be an exemplary member of both the dental profession and his or her community who has sacrificed personal interests to serve the public, exhibited a sense of responsibility for the well-being of all mankind, and brought honor to the profession through his or her accomplishments. To be considered for the award, an individual should be kind, compassionate, concerned, thoughtful, sensitive, helpful, devoted, attentive, unselfish, progressive, service-oriented, efficient, professional, and dedicated to excellence.
A nominee must be an active AGD member in good standing. Members of the Board of Trustees and past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominations may only be submitted by an active AGD member.
The nomination form for all three awards is available online at www.agd.org/awards/recognition. All submissions should include the following:
An official letter of recommendation (no more than two pages) for the basis of the nomination
A fully completed nomination form, including questions addressing the services, efforts, and achievements of the nominee
Other supporting documentation (letters of recommendation, testimonials, newsletters, articles, photographs, brochures, etc.) to substantiate the nominee’s character
A curriculum vitae or biographical profile (if accessible) highlighting the nominee’s qualifications
Incomplete or faxed nominations will not be accepted. All nominations will become the official property of the AGD. Nominations received after the deadline will be considered for the subsequent year.
Nominations should be submitted by Nov. 1 to the following address:
AGD Awards Committee
Office of the Executive Director
211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60611-1999
For more information, call 888.243.7392, ext. 4330.