Agd house of Delegates (hod) Policy Manual



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Rules of Procedure for Conducting The Reference Committee Hearings and Business of the Academy of General Dentistry’s House of Delegates

1. The House of Delegates (HOD) will consider business introduced only in one of the following ways:




  1. A resolution submitted on a petition signed by 25 or more active members at least two weeks prior to the annual session of the HOD and directed to the Executive Director;




  1. An appropriate resolution emanating from a meeting of the Board of Trustees (Board);




  1. Resolutions emanating from any report of an officer, council or committee;




  1. A resolution introduced by any Constituent AGD or any certified delegate providing that the resolution has been received by the AGD's Executive Director at least two weeks prior to the First Session of the HOD at the annual session of the HOD;




  1. A resolution submitted in writing and introduced on the floor of a session of the HOD with the unanimous consent of the HOD. Such a resolution requires approval by two thirds of the delegates present and voting. Reference Committee recommendations are not, however, deemed new business.

2. In keeping with the Constitution and Bylaws of the AGD, no amendment may be made to either the Constitution or the Bylaws unless it has been published to the members at least thirty (30) days in advance of the annual session of the HOD on the AGD Web site and links to the proposed changes will be headlined thereon. If such is the case, the Constitution may be amended by an affirmative vote of at least two thirds of the certified delegate members present and voting at the annual session of the HOD, and the Bylaws may be amended by an affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the delegates present and voting.


3. The Speaker of the House, in consultation with the Executive Director, shall make a recommendation to the Board at the regular meeting held before the annual session of the HOD of how the annual reports and resolutions are to be divided among three Reference Committees. All delegates will be strongly encouraged to review all resolutions.
4. The President shall designate five delegates and two non-voting consultants who need not be delegates to serve on each Reference Committee. Members serving on current councils and committees of the organization may not serve on the Reference Committee if that Reference Committee is going to review a report from a council or committee on which the member is currently serving. The two non-voting consultants may, of course, have served on councils or committees whose reports are being reviewed by that Reference Committee.
5. Reference Committee hearings are open to all members of the AGD. At the appropriate time each member may express his/her opinion on a given subject being heard by that Reference Committee.
a. The Chairperson of the Reference Committee shall preside at the Reference Committee hearing. He/she shall be seated with his/her four committee members, a maximum of two consultants, and designated staff from the AGD's headquarters office at a table in the front of the hearing room.
b. The Chairperson of the Reference Committee may limit the length of time each member is allowed to speak, but may not prevent any member from speaking at least once on a given subject. Once debate has been limited by the Chairperson, it shall apply to all future speakers in that particular Reference Committee on that topic.
c. No resolutions may be introduced in the Reference Committee hearing.
d. The purpose of the Reference Committee hearing is only to receive information and opinions. No votes may be taken in the hearing on any resolution.
e. All Reference Committees must remain in session for a minimum of 90 minutes or until all attendees have left the room so that delegates may present their views before all of the Reference Committees.
6. Immediately after the hearing, the five members of the Reference Committee and the Committee's consultants shall deliberate in executive session and make a recommendation to the AGD on each item of business assigned to it. No item of business may be omitted. The Reference Committee may recommend that a resolution be adopted, rejected, amended, referred to committee, or postponed definitely. An amendment may take the form of a substitute resolution. However, the substitute resolution must be completely germane to the original resolution. After the executive session, the report of the Reference Committee shall be prepared by the Chairperson with the assistance of staff from the AGD's headquarters office.
7. At the appropriate time, the presiding officer shall request that each Reference Committee Chairperson deliver his/her report to the HOD. The Chairperson shall move for appropriate action on each recommendation or substitute resolution from the Reference Committee and identify a member of the Reference Committee as the seconder of the motion. At this time, an amendment to the resolution may be offered from the floor. The amendment must receive a second before it can be discussed. A vote on the main motion or resolution will occur after the membership has reached a decision on each amendment which has been duly proposed. No motions to postpone indefinitely will be permitted.
a. Only those sections of the Constitution and Bylaws which have been published to the membership at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual session of the HOD are subject to amendment. It will be the presiding officer's duty to determine whether a proposed amendment to such a resolution is completely germane to the question. If the proposed amendment is not germane to the particular section of the Constitution and Bylaws under scrutiny, it will be his/her duty to rule the amendment out of order and request that it be appropriately introduced at next year's annual session of the HOD.
b. The President shall appoint a parliamentarian to assist and advise the Speaker of the House in running an orderly meeting in keeping with these Rules of Procedure. All questions not covered by the AGD's Constitution and Bylaws or these Rules of Procedure shall be governed by Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. A copy of this code shall be maintained by the parliamentarian for reference.
8. Only duly certified delegates or alternate delegates who have been elevated to delegate status may vote or move resolutions on the floor of the HOD. However, any of the following individuals may address the HOD after they are recognized by the presiding officer:
a. All delegates;
b. All AGD officers who are members of the Executive Committee;
c. All Council or Committee chairpersons;
d. All AGD Past Presidents;
e. The Executive Staff of the AGD;
f. All members of the Board who have not otherwise been elected delegates (such Board members may be seated with their Constituent AGD delegations on the floor of the HOD).
h. All Regional Directors who have not otherwise been elected delegates (such Regional Directors may be seated with their constituent academy delegation on the floor of the HOD


  1. The President of the AGD Foundation may have access to the floor, but may address the HOD only if an issue concerns the Foundation.

j. Any AGD member may have access to the floor of the HOD in order to give a nominating speech for a candidate in a contested election.


9. The procedure with regard to handling of nominations at the First Session of the HOD for AGD offices shall be:
a. The AGD's Secretary shall announce any petitions received at least 60 days prior to the First Session of the HOD on behalf of candidates running for AGD office at the annual session of the HOD. No petition will be honored that is received more than one year in advance of the annual session of the HOD in which the election takes place.
10. Council and Committee Chairpersons shall sit in the front row of the HOD with the appropriate staff when resolutions from their agencies of the AGD are being considered. If a Council or Committee Chairperson is not in attendance at the annual session of the HOD, the President may designate another member of the Council or Committee as a substitute. The Speaker of the House shall recognize such individuals in proper sequence when it is obvious that they need to provide input to the HOD on any proposed change affecting their areas of jurisdiction.
11. Constituent Executives, officially listed in the Constituent Officers List, may sit with their delegations on the floor of the HOD, but no constituent may seat more than one officially-listed executive.
Adopted HOD 7/89

Revised HOD 7/91

Amended HOD 7/94

Amended HOD 7/95

Revised HOD 7/99

Revised HOD 8/2001

Revised HOD 7/2002

Revised HOD 6/2007

Revised HOD 7/2010

Publishing/Production Design Guidelines


Advertising Policies of the Academy of General Dentistry
Advertising accepted for the publications of the Academy of General Dentistry or its Web site or sent to members through membership list rental should serve to inform dentists and others of products, services and courses that are available. In keeping with responsible journalistic philosophy, all advertisements must be accurate. No advertising shall encourage dentists or other readers to engage in practices that would conflict with standards of conduct generally adhered to by members of the dental profession. All advertisements are subject to acceptance or rejection by the Academy, based on the content of the advertisement and the nature of the product, services or courses offered.
Inclusion of advertising in AGD publications does not constitute approval or endorsement by the Academy of General Dentistry of products, services, or claims made in advertisements. Each issue of General Dentistry and AGD Impact will carry the following statement: "The publication of an advertisement in (General Dentistry or AGD Impact) does not indicate endorsement for products or services. AGD credit approval for continuing education courses or course program providers will be clearly stated."
A. General Eligibility
1. All advertisements must involve goods or services related to the dental profession, or to the mission, activities and/or functions of the Academy of General Dentistry.
2. The Academy will make advertising space available in its publications free of charge, as appropriate, in exchange for equal value under the following circumstances:
a. Advertising exchange program with a recognized dental or dentistry related association.
b. Membership benefits program in which companies providing benefits to members under contract or agreement with the Academy are provided one full page of advertising space at no charge during the introduction of the new program or service.
Note: The Academy reserves the right to assign advertising space, as available, for the promotion of Academy and AGD Foundation products, services and events.
3. All advertisements must be accurate. Exaggerated or unsupported claims are not acceptable. The burden of proof to substantiate any statement within an advertisement rests with the company or individual proposing the advertisement.
4. All products and/or services must be available at the time the advertisement is published or mailed.
5. No advertising material will be acceptable if it is deemed to be in conflict with the laws or regulations of any federal, state, or local government or agency.
6. Advertisements that include language or devices that reflect pride and/or confidence in a product or service are acceptable. However, such promotional materials shall not include exaggerations or superlative terms or phrases that either deceive or mislead or tend to deceive or mislead or may be interpreted in any way to be in poor taste.
7. Advertisements that in any manner may be construed as being disparaging of useful competitive products or services are not acceptable.
8. No advertisement or other promotion may use the name or logo of the Academy of General Dentistry, either in publications of the Academy or elsewhere, without prior and specific approval from the Academy. Such approval shall not be unreasonably withheld.
9. A company or individual may be denied AGD publication advertising space and/or mailing labels for a period of six months to a year or longer on the basis of documented non compliance with AGD advertising policy.
10. Classified advertising in AGD Impact may include practice sales, practice opportunities for dentists and auxiliaries, the sale of used and new dental equipment, and other dental products.
11. The Academy does not offer complimentary advertising of dental publications or literature through distribution at Academy meetings, but may provide such a service at reasonable cost to companies that have purchased exhibit space at the meeting.
B. Drugs, Materials and Devices
1. Acceptability of advertising of any drug, material or device may be based upon determinations or evaluations made by the American Dental Association Council on Dental Materials and Devices or the ADA Council on Dental Therapeutics, or upon research and practice currently taught in dental schools and other recognized institutions, whether published or unpublished.
2. Performances of all drugs, materials, and devices being advertised remain the sole responsibility of the manufacturer, company, or person placing or mailing the advertisement.
3. Advertisements may cite, through proper footnotes, appropriate references to dental or other scientific literature, provided the reference properly supports a claim.
C. Continuing Dental Education Materials and Courses
1. Advertising copy for continuing education courses must be submitted to the AGD national office for editorial review before it will be accepted for publication or for mailing to AGD members through the sale of labels.
2. The accuracy of any statements related to continuing dental education credit availability will be determined by the AGD Department of Continuing Education.
3. Advertising space in AGD publications and AGD membership mailing labels are available to the providers of continuing education courses only if the course being promoted is approved to offer FAGD/MAGD credit.
D. Editor's Responsibility
1. It is the responsibility of the editor of the Academy to determine acceptability of advertising materials and content under policies stated herein.
2. The editor of the Academy is authorized to determine eligibility for advertising space or mailing labels and the period during which eligibility will be denied.
E. Acceptance of Advertising Copy, Materials
1. The advertisement should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered.
2. Layout, artwork, and format submitted for publication must avoid confusion with the editorial content of the publication. The word "advertisement" may be required by the Editor.
3. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to comply with the laws and regulations applicable to marketing and sale of products.
4. Advertisements will not be accepted if they appear to violate the Principles of Ethics of the American Dental Association, are indecent or offensive in either text or artwork, or contain attacks of a personal, racial, or religious character.
5. Advertising materials submitted for publication must in all ways conform to the specifications set forth in the advertising rate card in effect at the date of submission. Production work necessitated in order to produce new materials that conform to the specifications reflected on the advertising rate card shall be billed to the advertiser.
F. Rates
1. Rates for advertising in the official publications of the Academy, including display and course listing entries, and for rental of the AGD membership list shall be established by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Director of Communications and the AGD advertising representative, and adjusted as appropriate.
2. Rates for rental of the Annual Meeting registration list to exhibitors at the Academy's Annual Meeting shall be established by the Executive Director and Director of Communications in cooperation with the Director of Meeting Planning.
Note: Rates for the rental of the AGD membership list to AGD constituents shall be established by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Director of Membership.
3. Rates for classified advertising in AGD Impact shall be established by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Director of Communications.
4. Rates for banner link advertising on the AGD Web Site shall be established by the Executive Director in cooperation with the Director of Communications, AGD Advertising Representative, Editor, and Publications Review Council, and adjusted as appropriate.
G. Reader/Member's Rights
As a legal requirement, AGD shall notify its members, at least twice each year, of their opportunity to delete their names from list rental.
H. Advertisers' Right of Appeal
A company or individual that has been denied AGD advertising space or list rental may appeal the decision to the Executive Committee of the Academy.
J. Publishers' Disclaimer
Advertisers and their agencies assume any liability for the content of their advertisements in Academy publications, including any claims arising therefrom. The Academy reserves the right to reject any advertisement considered unsuitable according to AGD policy.
The Academy accepts camera ready artwork for all advertisements, but will offer to make minor changes and adjustments to existing artwork for a nominal charge as a courtesy to its advertisers. All liability for the accuracy of these changes rests entirely with the advertiser, with the Academy's liability limited to the cost of the advertisement.
K. Criteria for Establishing Commercial Hyperlinks from the AGD Home Page


    1. Careful consideration should be given as to whether the link conflicts with the AGD mission, vision, or policies, or with the standards of conduct generally adhered to by members of the dental profession.

    2. The hyperlink should offer content enhancement.






    3. The Academy’s approval for a hyperlink request should include a request from the Academy for a reciprocal link to the AGD site.

    4. The Academy’s approval for a hyperlink to a site that is not primarily dentistry-related should include a requirement that the link be a direct connection to the specific dentistry-related page on the site.



Adopted 7/93 HOD

Revised 7/98 HOD

Revised 7/99 HOD

Revised 7/2002 HOD

Revised 7/2003 HOD


Publication Credit Guidelines

A scientific article accepted for publication credit must have a hypothesis and be original research, which should follow standard clinical protocols, including a full description of controls and conditions, and drafting of conclusions; and a bibliography in which citations should not be more than five years old, the only exception being a historical review of a product or technique. This definition is exclusive of case reports, technique papers and clinical research reports.


A case report will be accepted as long as it demonstrates a comprehensive treatment plan and indicates why one course of action was chosen in lieu of others. Eligible case reports also must document and illustrate results and emphasize general practice applications.
Technique papers and clinical research reports will be accepted provided there is a clear, concise, thorough description of a clinical or laboratory procedure and it includes appropriate references to recognize contributions of others or to clarify information. Additionally, papers that feature information about specialized or improved techniques or treatments that can be readily applied to general practice should be supported by documented experience, but need not relate specifically to individual cases.
Adopted HOD 7/2000
Sales and Sponsorships Guidelines
Finance and Information Technology Guidelines

Finance Guidelines

Human Resources Guidelines

Information Technology

Office Services Guidelines

Member Programs Guidelines

Constituent Services Guidelines
Expectations for AGD Constituent Activity
The mission of the Academy of General Dentistry is to serve the needs and to represent the interests of general dentists and to foster their continued proficiency through quality continuing dental education in order to better serve the public. While the national organization can do much to work toward achieving its mission, many of the goals outlined above are most effectively accomplished on the state and provincial level. The Academy must therefore work in partnership with its constituents in planning effective membership programs and activities.
The following is an outline of constituent activities that should occur in each constituent. It is understood that constituents differ in size, sophistication of activities and available workforce. However, all of these activities should be the goal of each constituent as they respond to their members identified needs and desires.
I Constituent Governance and Administration

A. Constitution and Bylaws - The National Academy requires that a current copy of the Constitution and Bylaws be on file with the Regional Directors. This document should be updated at least every five years. Constituents are encouraged to have an active council/committee responsible for this activity.



B. Board of Directors - This can consist of as many members as desired and identified in the Bylaws. Usually the officers and a representative from each component and delegates make up this Board.

  1. Duties and Responsibilities - The duties and responsibilities of each of the Board positions should be clearly identified and communicated to the responsible persons.

  2. Meetings & Minutes – Constituents with a membership of 1,000 or more members have at least four meetings; constituents with a membership of 500-999 members have at least four meetings; constituents with a membership of 200-499 members have at least three meetings; constituents with a membership of 50-199 members have at least 2 meetings; and constituents with a membership of less than 50 members have at least 2 meetings.

  3. Budget and Financial Status - Each constituent should prepare an annual budget based on projected income and programs, projects and administration that involve expenditures. The constituent should include a plan to create reserves (at least 6 months operational costs) for future activities and unexpected expenditures. It is frequently advisable that a Budget and Finance Committee be part of the administrative structure of the constituent.

  4. Long Range Plan - It is desirable that a long range plan be developed in lieu of changing directions at each Board meeting. The long range plan helps to solidify energies behind projects that have been agreed upon. It keeps the Board focused on its primary concerns.


C. Councils and Committees - Each constituent should determine the number of councils and committees needed for its administrative activity, and these should be identified in the Bylaws of the constituent. At a minimum each constituent should have an executive committee/board to manage affairs between the annual meetings of the membership in general assembly. In addition it is recommended that each constituent establish a council/committee to serve the needs of continuing dental education, membership and communication. There can be a need for additional committees such as legislation, annual meeting, and dental care activities.
D. Annual Meetings and Elections - Each constituent should schedule at least one annual meeting to provide the membership an opportunity to participate in governance through that general assembly. Many constituents find it profitable to plan a continuing dental education program in conjunction with the annual meeting. The annual elections are most appropriately held during the general assembly meeting.
II Continuing Dental Education

  1. Program Provider Approval for Intrastate Organizations - Each constituent Academy should have a continuing dental education review process which is capable of evaluating program providers or courses in the area. The constituent should be actively involved in approving continuing dental education opportunities given in the area. This should be an ongoing activity so that members will have more Fellowship/Mastership eligible courses available to them.




  1. Constituent Sponsored CDE – One of the basic purposes of the Academy is to foster the proficiency of general dentists through continuing dental education. Constituents with a membership of 200 or more should offer at least two CDE courses, constituents with a membership of 50-199 should offer at least one CDE course, and constituents with a membership of fewer than 50 should offer at least one CDE course which may be co-sponsored or held in conjunction with a state dental society meeting.

At least one of the programs should be a participation program. Constituents should also endeavor to ensure MAGD opportunities for members in their state, either through development of a local program or an agreement with a neighboring constituent.




  1. Promotion of Fellowship/Mastership Awards - This function should be carried out in several areas. First, the constituent should appropriately recognize masters and fellows in its newsletter, at the annual meeting, and by providing impetus for local news media to recognize the new masters/fellows in their area. Second, the development of a Master Track program provides the members within the constituent an opportunity to more efficiently complete their requirements for Mastership. Third, the constituent can contact a dental school or develop on their own a review course for the pre-fellows preparing to take the Fellowship examination.


III Membership

This is the life's blood of any constituent's health. The membership chairperson is certainly a very important functional position in a constituent.




  1. Active Recruitment - In the area of active recruitment, the constituent should have at least two yearly programs for encouraging new generalists, associates, and students to join the organization. These programs should be coordinated with those of the national organization through a constituent membership chairperson. Individuals involved in the constituent Academy's membership recruitment activity should be aware of what is likely to motivate an individual to join the organization.




  1. Membership Retention - The constituent should routinely reinforce the value of membership to its existing members through a planned retention program. This can be accomplished using a variety of methods, including constituent publications, involving members in constituent activities, and one-on-one contact. In communicating the value of membership, emphasis should be placed on what the organization is doing both nationally and locally on the member's behalf.




  1. Active Young Dentist/Recent Graduate Program - Every constituent should use part of its energies in the membership area to focus on young dentists and recent graduates. Often these individuals just require someone to help them understand the place of organized general dentistry in their professional lives.




  1. Survey of Members Needs - Remember, you will not know unless you ask.

IV Communication



  1. Membership

  1. Newsletter - Each constituent should designate a constituent editor who will provide the state or region with a voice, a newsletter or president's letter, that informs, calls members to action, and invites opinion. This is a critical service because a newsletter gives members a sense of involvement and breaks down the distance in different communities. Constituents with a membership of 500 or more should offer at least four forms of communication, constituents with a membership of 200-499 should offer at least two forms of communication, and constituents with a membership of 200 and lower should offer at least one form of communication each year.




  1. Visible Representation at Other Dental Meetings in the Constituent - It is important for each constituent to show the flag when appropriate. The national Academy has a booth with handout materials that can be used for other than AGD meetings within the constituent. This is an ideal opportunity for recruitment and to speak to the entire dental community (specialists, assistants, hygienists, and of course non-member general dentists). The constituent should also have a breakfast or luncheon during the Annual State Dental meeting and use attendance at this meeting as a opportunity to recruit new members.




  1. Communication with the Public - Each constituent should designate a constituent public information officer (PIO) who will serve as the vital communications link between the constituent and the general public in the community. The PIO is responsible for developing a local corps of dentists to implement community programs, such as health fairs, poster and smile contests, fun runs, speakers’ bureaus and school visits, that will raise community awareness of dentistry and proper dental health. The PIO should communicate with local newspapers and radio and television stations on a quarterly basis by sending copies of DentalNotes, the AGD media health tips newsletter, and follow-up each issue to ensure local media placements.

Note: Constituents are encouraged to identify the PIO as Board members and to require the PIO to serve a term of no less than two years in order to properly organize ongoing programs.

V Legislation/Dental Care

  1. Coordination with the State Political Action Committee - The constituent should have a Legislative Chairperson. This person should remain alert to proposed state and federal legislative and regulatory changes affecting the practice of general dentistry. In addition, this person should keep members informed, and be prepared to initiate lobbying activities for legislation which is favorable for the practice of dentistry. The ideal situation would be to have the constituent's legislative goals accomplished by working from within the state dental society.




  1. Political Action Alerts - These can come from the Washington office of the Academy or from the AGD Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council. The individual constituent should have a plan in place to react to these alerts so that the membership is adequately represented in the Legislature process.




  1. Initiating Legislative Actions - Each constituent, after assessing members’ needs, may find it advisable to initiate political activity through the appropriate channels. These activities could constitute meaningful activity on the part of the Legislative Council of the constituent.




  1. Dental Care Activities – The constituents that have 500 or more members should have a Dental Care Chairperson and Dental Care Council. This council should be responsible for addressing such issues at the local level as shortage of auxiliaries, illegal advertising, dental practice issues, access to care issues, malpractice suits, and third party payment problems. The Dental Care Council should also provide the AGD's viewpoint on dental care issues to the local dental society.

Adopted HOD 7/91

Revised HOD 7/95

Revised BOT 5/99

Revised HOD 7/2002
Education Guidelines
Appeals of the FAGD/MAGD Application Deadline Guidelines
An application for the Fellowship or Mastership award that is received in the Chicago office after the application deadline may be granted on appeal by the Chair of the Dental Education Council under any of the following circumstances:

1. Medically confirmed disability that prevented applicant form applying before the deadline.

2. Medically confirmed, sudden, severe illness that prevented applicant from applying before the deadline.

3. Unusual personal or business circumstances resulting from natural disaster or accident that prevented applicant from applying before the deadline.

The Dental Education Council is not responsible for problems associated with lost or seriously delayed mail, and will not grant an appeal on that basis."

Adopted HOD 7/96



Fellowship Award Guidelines

Fellowship Requirements

  1. Current AGD membership for three (3) continuous years (36 months) by December 31 of the year in which the application is received, to begin no earlier than the month of dental school graduation; dental license has not been suspended or revoked within the last five years, and is not currently under probation, suspension, or revocation.




  1. Completion of 500 hours of FAGD/MAGD-approved continuing education credit, with at least 350 hours earned in course attendance. Mastership credit begins to accrue on the date that the 500-hours requirement has been met, as determined by the Dental Education Council.




  1. Successful completion of the Fellowship Examination. Any active general dentist member joining the AGD after February 2010 be subject to a 90-day waiting period prior to applying for or sitting for the Fellowship Exam in order to verify their membership status. The Fellowship application and examination must be completed and the application postmarked by the December 31 deadline.




  1. Attendance at a Convocation Ceremony, held during the AGD scientific session, to receive the award. Successful candidates are allowed three years following approval to complete this requirement.


Activities Accepted for Fellowship Credit

Course Attendance Credit

A minimum of 350 hours of continuing education course credit is required for the award. Course content must be directly related to the practice of dentistry with the exception that 10 hours are permitted for self-improvement courses. Course credit can be earned for:



  1. Scientific Programs

A) Attendance at courses put on by FAGD/MAGD-program providers. Approved program providers include those accepted by the Committee on Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE), intrastate program providers approved by AGD Constituent Academies, or those approved by the ADA's Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP).

B) Individual intrastate courses may also be approved by the AGD Constituents.




  1. Postgraduate Education

A) Effective July 1, 2009. Beginning with individuals completing a one-year CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) in 2009, 150 hours of participation credit may be earned. Individuals completing a two-year CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) in 2009, 300 hours of participation credit may be earned. Credit can be received for non-concurrent completion of both program types for a maximum of 450 hours of participation credit. Credits are apportioned among the subject categories according to a predetermined ratio of subject hours based upon a survey of one- and two-year AEGD/GDR/GPR programs. A copy of the certificate is required to receive credit. Credit is permitted for the completion of programs as follows:

B). Effective with programs ending in June 2014, individuals completing a CODA- or CDAC-accredited advanced specialty education program of one year or more in length, a maximum of 150 hours of participation credit may be earned. A copy of the certificate is required to receive credit.


Current member of AGD 100% of credits are awarded

Join AGD within one (1) year of completion of the program 100% “

Join AGD within two (2) years 75% “

Join AGD within three (3) years 50% “

Join AGD within four (4) years  25% “

Join AGD after four years 0% “




  1. Federal Dental Service Specialty Rotation Programs

Participation in Federal Dental Service Specialty Rotation Programs earns 1 credit hour for each working day in the program. A maximum of 200 hours may be applied to the award.


  1. Self-Instructional Programs

Up to 150 hours of credit may be applied to the award for completion of FAGD/MAGD-approved audio, audio/visual, written and other self-instructional programs, provided the program provider verifies satisfactory completion. In addition to the 150 hours self-instructional credit, 15 hours of credit may be awarded one time only to members completing the post-test from the FAGD Exam Study Guide.


  1. Self-Improvement

Up to 10 hours of credit may be applied to the award from FAGD/MAGD-approved self-improvement course taken on or after July 1, 1985.


  1. Case Presentation Required for Certification/Accreditation by Allied Dental Organizations upon request.

Up to 75 hours of participation credit may be applied to the award for case presentations presented for the purpose of certification/accreditation by PACE/CERP approved dental organizations. Requests by Allied Dental Organizations for participations credits will be reviewed by the Dental Education and/or PACE Councils for final approval. 
Other CE Activities for Credit

  1. Teaching/Publications

A combined maximum of 150 hours of lecture credit may be applied toward the Fellowship award for the following activities:

    1. Full- or part-time faculty positions at ADA/CDA–accredited institutions. Full-time faculty may receive 100 hours for the completion of the first academic year after joining the AGD and 25 hours each subsequent year; part-time faculty may receive 50 hours for the completion of the first academic year after joining the AGD and 12.5 hours each subsequent year.

    2. Continuing education presentations put on by FAGD/MAGD-program providers. Original presentations receive three hours of credit for each hour of teaching. Repeat presentations receive hour-for-hour credit. Credit will be awarded upon receipt of verification from the program provider.

    3. Authorship of a published scientific article in a dental or scientific journal.

    4. Authorship of a published dental textbook or chapter in a published textbook

    5. Authorship of a case report, technique paper or clinical research report in a dental or scientific journal published in or after July, 2000.

    6. Successfully reviewing and reporting on manuscripts submitted to General Dentistry and other refereed dental journals.

Credit will be awarded as follows:

Published scientific article in a refereed journal.......................................40 hours

Published scientific article in a non-refereed journal................................20 hours

Published dental textbook........................................................................ 40 hours per chapter up to a maximum of 150 hours

Chapter in a published textbook ..............................................................40 hours per chapter

Published case report, technique paper or clinical research report

in a refereed journal ...................................................................10 hours

Published case report, technique paper or clinical research report

in a non-refereed journal ..............................................................5 hours

Draft Self-Assessment or self-instruction quizzes for a peer-reviewed scientific journal…..20 hours per quiz



Credit Limitations

Credit Start Dates: Continuing education credit earned after the credit start date may be applied toward Fellowship award.

Credit start dates are assigned upon joining the AGD, as follows:


  1. January 1, if membership began between January 1 and June 30;

  2. July 1, if membership began between July 1 and September 30;

  3. October 1, if membership began between October 1 and December 31;

  4. Date of dental school graduation, if membership began within the first calendar year after graduation;

  5. Date of residency completion, if membership began within 48 months after completion of an CODA- or CDAC-accredited advanced dental education program.

Subject Category: A maximum of 150 credit hours may be earned in each of the 18 dental subject categories.
Application Procedures and Deadline

Applications must be postmarked no later than December 31 to be considered for the class immediately following the application deadline. The AGD is not responsible for lost or delayed mail. Please note that Mastership credits begin to accrue on the date that the 500-hours requirement has been met, as determined by the Dental Education Council. The appropriate fee, which includes a non-refundable processing fee, must accompany the Fellowship award application. All FAGD requirements must be completed as of December 31 application deadline. Only the Dental Education Council may determine the acceptability of FAGD award applications. Applications are reviewed by the Council in March of each year and applicants are notified by letter of the Council's decision within three weeks. Final approval is subject to approval by the Board of Trustees


Direct inquiries regarding the Fellowship Program to:

Academy of General Dentistry, Department of Dental Education

211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 900

Chicago Illinois 60611-1999

Phone 888.AGD.DENT (243.3368)

Fax 312.335.3428



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