Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR) is a program of formal recognition for AGD Masters in the areas of continuing education, dental-related community service and service to organized dentistry. It is not a credential and in no way may be represented to the public as such. A Master may receive Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition multiple times, in a sequential manner, as long as all requirements are met. Once a Master is first recognized by this achievement, subsequent recognitions may include only those credits and points earned since the date of the previous LLSR recognition.
Requirements and Application Procedures:
1. All applicants must be AGD Masters, with AGD membership in good standing at time of application and when recognition is achieved.
2. 500 credits are required in course attendance, teaching or publications earned since the date Mastership was received or since a previous LLSR was received.
3. Continuing education credits must include activities in at least eight of the fifteen dental disciplines described in this document. There are no minimum or maximum requirements by discipline. No credits will be accepted for academic education programs, such as residencies or advanced degree programs.
A minimum of 150 credits must be in participation courses.
A maximum of 100 credits for teaching will be allowed.
A maximum of 100 credits for publications will be allowed.
4. 100 points in any combination of dental-related community/volunteer service and/or service to organized dentistry are required. Only those services performed since the date Mastership was received or since a previous LLSR was received are eligible. The acceptability of points is subject to review by the Dental Education Council.
5. An application must be submitted with a fee to be determined annually by the Dental Education, which will cover direct costs plus $100 for overhead costs.
6. Acceptance or denial will be communicated to applicants following review of the application by the Dental Education Council. All decisions of the Council are final. Recognition will be provided at the Convocation Ceremony through the inclusion of names of the new recipients in the Convocation program and in Academy publications.
Course Attendance, Teaching and Publication Credit:
1. Course credit will be accepted for continuing education put on by FAGD/MAGD-approved program providers. Academic education programs, such as residencies or advanced degree programs, are not eligible for course credit.
2. 500 acceptable credits are needed to satisfy the requirements of this recognition, of which 150 credits must be for ‘hands-on’ participation courses.
3. Full or part-time faculty positions in ADA-accredited institutions are eligible for ten (10) credits each year. Verification of teaching appointments is required from each institution and should be included with the application.
4. Teaching continuing dental education courses for organizations that are accepted by PACE or approved by an AGD constituent are eligible for credit. Verification is required that indicates the dental discipline and the number of hours. Credit will be given hour-for-hour for each presentation.
5. The publication of a scientific article, case report, technique paper or clinical research report in a scientific journal or textbook is worth ten (10) credits. A copy of the articles, with the dates of publication, should be submitted with the application.
6. Credits for course attendance, teaching or publications must be at least eight (8) of the following disciplines, although there are no minimums or maximum by discipline. Credit is acceptable for practice management and electives, though not required.
Basic Science 010
Operative Dentistry 250
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 310
Pediatric Dentistry 430
Fixed Prosthodontics 610
Removable Prosthodontics 670
Oral Medicine/Oral Diagnosis 730
Special Patient Care 780
Community and Volunteer Service:
One community service point is equal to one hour of volunteer community service. The Dental Education Council will determine which additional categories of service not described in these guidelines may be eligible. Volunteer work for a for-profit organization, such as a dental manufacturer, is not eligible.
To document community service a representative of the organization for which the community/volunteer work was done must document in writing the type and term of service. A letter from the organization, specifying the volunteer work, number of hours volunteered and the dates of service is preferred. A form, which must be signed by an official from that organization, is available from the AGD to be used in lieu of a letter.
No financial remuneration or “in-kind” remuneration may be received for service/volunteer work. Reimbursement of expenses such as airfare, transportation, meals, etc., is allowed.
Categories of community and volunteer service may include, but are not limited to:
Providing pro bono dental services through a not-for-profit organization
Mentoring a student, emerging dentist or struggling colleague, through a recognized dental organization
Service in a volunteer dental clinic
Service overseas on a dental mission
Volunteer service in a community program, such as a health fair
Providing presentation on dental-related topics to schools, civic, church or other community groups or other health professionals
Providing oral cancer screenings at a local church, synagogue, school, health fair, nursing home, retirement community, etc.
Providing dental screenings to athletes through the Special Olympics/Special Smiles
Volunteer work at a local or national dental meeting, such as working at the organization’s booth
Serving as an unpaid team dentist for a school, college, professional sports team or youth athletic association
Instituting a mouth guard program for a school, college, professional sports team or youth athletic association
Providing dental education programs at elementary or secondary schools
Volunteering as a Boy/Girl Scout merit badge leader for dental health
Service to Organized Dentistry:
Holding a local, state/provincial or national appointment or an elected office in a dental organization is considered service to organized dentistry. Points are awarded for each month of service, up to 12 points per year per national or local organization.
A maximum of 12 points may be earned annually for serving in a national position in a dental organization. Service time of less than one year will be prorated by month. Holding multiple positions at the national level in the same organization is acceptable only up to the 12-point limit each year.
A maximum of 12 points may be earned annually for serving in state/provincial, constituent or component positions in a dental organization. Service time of less than one year will be prorated by month. Holding multiple positions in the same local organization is acceptable only up to the 12-point limit each year.
To document service to organized dentistry, a letter from the organization that specifies the position, number of months/years in the position and the dates of service is preferred. A form, which must be signed by an officer of the organization, is available from the AGD to be used in lieu of a letter.
Adopted HOD 7/2003
Mastership Award Guidelines