Agd house of Delegates (hod) Policy Manual



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Board



Authority to
Approve procedures for processing FAGD and MAGD applications

99:44-H-7


“Resolved, that the AGD Board approve procedures and procedural changes related to the mechanics of processing the applications for the Fellowship and Mastership Awards.”




Establish application and FAGD/MAGD exam fees

81:21 H 7


"Resolved, that the House of Delegates recognize the authority granted to the Board in the Bylaws to establish not only the application fee for the Fellowship and Mastership, but also the fees to take any examinations connected with these awards."




Official visits and educational programs

94:6 H 7

"Resolved, that if an officer or Trustee of the Academy of General Dentistry is selected to present any educational program in conjunction with an official visitation, they shall be free to engage in such activity, and be it further


Resolved, that the host organization shall publicize that the officer/trustee is speaking as a clinician with expertise in his/her subject during the scientific program and whose opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinions and/or policy of the AGD, and be it further


Resolved, that all non travel expenses related to the scientific presentation shall be borne by the clinician/host arrangement, and be it further
Resolved, that the expenses related to AGD representation shall be paid in such a manner that no more than one half of the total transportation expense, per standard AGD travel reimbursement policy, shall be borne by the AGD, and be it further
Resolved, that appropriate documentation be submitted using the standard AGD form, and be it further
Resolved, that such activity be fully disclosed to the Executive Committee in writing."
Constituent AGD
Awards for components

91:40 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry encourage constituents to develop and administer CE awards for components within their jurisdiction to encourage and recognize the provision of quality continuing dental education at the component level where appropriate."




Continued Competency

96:50-H-7


"Resolved, that the AGD's existing policy on continuing competency, which stipulates that assuring the public of the dental profession's continued competency is best addressed by appropriate continuing dental education, effective peer review, and the proper enforcement of the dental practice acts by the state and provincial boards of dental examiners, should be applicable to all dentists."




Continuing Dental Education
Accreditation of post doctoral programs

96:51-H-7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry advocate consistent and equitable accreditation of all dental school predoctoral training programs in the United States and Canada by urging the Commission on Dental Accreditation to require that all predoctoral dental education programs, including advanced standing predoctoral programs, lead to a DDS or DMD, and be it further


Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry advocate to the Commission on Dental Accreditation that all predoctoral and advanced standing programs leading to a DDS or DMD degree should meet the same accreditation standard and undergo the same accreditation review process as the core dental program."


Course Listing Service, cancellation of

89:50 H 7


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry Course Listing Service be discontinued immediately."




Credit, start date defined


2008:203R-H-7


“Resolved. that the following resolution be amended to read:
90:38-H-7 Resolved, that the CE credit start date for the Fellowship Award be defined as the earliest date at which credit is accepted under AGD policies, i.e.:
the dates at which credit is accepted for new members, as defined by the House policy, or

the date on which credit begins to accrue for recent dental school graduates,

The date of residency completion for those joining within 12 months of that completion.
And be it further
Resolved, that the following resolution be amended to read:
90:39-H-7 Resolved, that credit for the Fellowship Award begin with the CE credit start date rather than the date of membership.
And be it further
Resolved, that resolution 2003:31-H-7 be substituted to read:

The AGD recognizes members who wish to resume their membership in the AGD. In order to accommodate these members, two mechanisms are available as follows:


Previous members can rejoin the AGD by paying all applicable current dues. Members that rejoin will not be eligible to submit any CE acquired while not a member but they can claim credit to CE earned during their previous memberships. Members rejoining will receive a new join date.
Previous members can be reinstated into the AGD for us up to 3 years by6 paying all applicable back dues, current dues, plus a $50 administrative fee. Reinstatement also allows these members to submit eligible CE acquired during their membership lapse and have it applied to their previous membership CE credits. In order to be reinstated, members must attest to meeting the current membership maintenance requirements of CE credit for each year lapsed. Reinstate members will be able to claim their cumulative membership time.



96:44-H-7


"Resolved, that members joining the AGD be permitted to take credit for continuing education courses in accordance with the following schedule:


1. If a dentist joins before June 30 and pays full-year dues, then courses may be claimed from January 1 of that year.


2. If a dentist joins between July 1 and September 30 and pays half-year dues, then courses may be claimed from July 1 of that year.
3. If a dentist joins between October 1 and December 31, then continuing education credit may be claimed from October 1.”
Credit given
Participating in specialty rotation program (Federal Dental Service)


75:54 H 10

"Resolved, that the dentist be given one hour for every working day he participates in a federal dental service specialty rotation program with a maximum of 200 hours of credit towards Fellowship or Mastership."

2012:201-H-6 “Resolved, that the Fellowship Award Guidelines and the Mastership Award Guidelines, section Other CE Activities for Credit, 1.F be amended by addition of Draft Self-Instruction quizzes for a peer-reviewed scientific journal …..20 hours per quiz.”


Defined


2004:16-H-7

"Resolved, that Continuing Dental Education is defined as:

Educational activities designed to review existing concepts and techniques, to convey information beyond basic dental education and to update knowledge on advances in dental and medical sciences.  The objective is to improve the knowledge, skills and ability of the individual to deliver the highest quality of service to the public and profession.  Basic sciences, behavioral and social sciences, as well as, technical knowledge, influence the professional person and for this reason, educational experiences in all of these areas are an equally valid part of continuing dental education.

Continuing education programs are not sequenced to provide academic credit toward a specialty certificate or academic degree.  CE courses are conducted in a wide variety of forms using many methods and techniques and are sponsored by a diverse group of institutions, schools and organizations. 
Continuing education should favorably enrich past educational experiences.  These programs should make it possible for dentists and allied team members to attune dental practices to modern knowledge as it continuously becomes available.  All continuing education should strengthen the habits of critical inquiry and balanced judgment that denote the truly professional and scientific person.”
Transcripts


2003:10-H-7

“Resolved, that in the interest of excellent member service, the AGD inform members that they may obtain a transcript of their continuing education records through the AGD Web site or by contacting the Member Services Center, and be it further

Resolved, that the mailing of the annual continuing education transcripts be discontinued in 2004 as being too costly and redundant, and be it further


Resolved, that in 2003, an up-to-date transcript and a letter be sent to all eligible members indicating that in the future transcripts will not be automatically mailed but be available on the AGD’s Web site or by contacting the Member Services Center, and be it further
Resolved, that a note to remind members to obtain a transcript of their continuing education records through the AGD’s Web site or by contacting the Member Services Center be included with the mailing of the annual dues statements.”
Continuing Dental Education Courses
Credit for
New members joining at meeting, courses taken at that meeting

96:42-H-7


"Resolved, that whenever a dental meeting starts in June and ends in July, the prospect who joins at that meeting be allowed to pay half-year dues, and be it further


Resolved, that any courses attended during that meeting by the member who is joining be recorded in their continuing education record, and be it further


Resolved, that whenever a dental meeting starts in September and ends in October, the prospect that joins at that meeting be allowed to join for the next dues year, and be it further
Resolved, that any courses attended during that meeting by the member who is joining be recorded in their continuing education record."
Orofacial Pain
2012:203R-H-6 “Resolved, that the Mastership Award Guidelines be amended by addition as follows:
Subject Category Requirements

Subject Subject Participation Required

Category Code Minimum Minimum

Basic Science…010……………….12…………………12

Endodontics…...070……………….30…………………46

Electives………130……………….30…………………46

Myofacial Pain/

Occlusion…..…180……………….30…………………46

Orofacial Pain 190……………….12 0……………....12

Operative

Dentistry…..….250………………30…………………46

Oral/Max

Surgery………310………………30…………………46

Anes/Pain Mgmt/

Sedation/

Pharm………….340……………...12…………………12

Orthodontics….370………………12…………………12

Pediatrics……..430………………12…………………12

Periodontics…..490………………30…………………46

Practice Mgmt..550………………..0………………….24

Fixed Prosth….610………………30…………………46

Removable

Prosth………...670………………30…………………46

Implants………690………………30…………………46

Oral Med/Oral

Dx…………….730………………12…………………12

Special Pt

Care………….750………………12…………………12

Esthetics ……..780………………30………………....46

TOTAL


HOURS………………………372……………………568

TOTAL REQUIRED………….400….…………….…600”


Organizational activities

76:39 H 11


"Resolved, that the Academy of General Dentistry reaffirm its position that no continuing education credit be granted for a member's organizational activities and duties relating directly to organized dentistry, unless credit for these activities is specifically approved by the House of Delegates."




Taken after graduation


79:24 H 6

"Resolved, that those individuals who join the Academy of General Dentistry within the first full calendar year following graduation from dental school shall receive applicable AGD credit for continuing dental education courses taken after graduation."



Credit not given for
Courses taken prior to receiving dental degree
2010:204R-H-7 AMENDED HOD 2013
2013:201R-H-6 “Resolved, that AGD student members may earn up to a maximum of 50 hours of CE as lecture and/or self-instruction credit, of which 15 hours can be self-instruction credit, only within the parameters of the Fellowship and Mastership guidelines.”
Serving on state boards of dental examiners


79:23 H 6

"Resolved, that service on state boards of dental examiners receive no form of AGD continuing education credit."


Indigent, on care of

79:33 H 6


"Resolved, that AGD promote programs that combine care of the indigent with participating education courses."




Membership maintenance requirement

79:13 H 6


"Resolved, that the continuing education and membership maintenance requirement shall be implemented for all active members, associate members, Fellows and Masters, except those who are classified as retired or emeritus members and those who are under a waiver of dues."




No pre requisites or restrictions on enrollment in non sequential

76:41 H 11


"Resolved, that no prerequisites or restrictions be placed on enrollment in non sequential continuing education courses, and be it further



Resolved, that if prerequisites are placed on enrollment in sequential continuing education courses, course directors be encouraged to allow enrollment at advanced standing by credentials, and be it further


Resolved, that continuing education program providers provide potential enrollees with detailed information about the material to be covered in a course, and the skills and knowledge necessary to benefit from enrolling in the course."
Precourse checklist for selecting

85:20 H 7


"Resolved, that a pre course checklist be developed to assist members in selecting from among available continuing education courses, and that this be distributed to members with semi annual CE printouts, with course record form orders, and to new members."




Dental Auxiliaries
Invited to attend scientific meetings by members

78:32 H 6


"Resolved, that AGD members be encouraged to invite and be accompanied by their dental assistants, dental hygienists, and dental laboratory technicians to selected scientific meetings so that the group can have the benefit of joint continuing education experiences in the interest of working together better as a team to improve the dental health of the public."




Dental Education
Dental school deans to list FAGD of faculty

72:2 H 10


"Resolved, that the AGD encourage all of the dental school deans to include FAGD in their Bulletins listing their faculty and their degrees, and to look with favor towards improving the status of those teachers who have earned their Fellowships."




Formal academic process leading to a degree or certificate


81:41 H 7

"Resolved, that AGD endorse the concept of a formal academic process of structured, sequential continued or post doctoral education, earned through universities or academically accredited teaching institutions over an extended amount of time, which lead to a degree or a certificate."


Four year curriculum, support of

78:27 H 6


"Resolved, that the AGD expresses its concern with the dilution and shortening of dental school programs for purpose such as the receiving of federal capitation grants, and be it further



Resolved, that the AGD supports a minimum of a four year approved curriculum to achieve a dental degree, and be it further


Resolved, that the AGD send a letter to all of the existing dental schools expressing our support of those dental schools which have relinquished their three year programs in favor of pursuing quality four year dental education programs."
Fellowship
Appeal
Of application deadline

96:49-H-7


"Resolved, that the following guidelines be established for considering appeals of the FAGD/MAGD application deadline:


GUIDELINES FOR APPEALS OF

THE FAGD/MAGD APPLICATION DEADLINE
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."

Application
Application amended



2009:200R-H-7

“Resolved that AIRS09#12 - Allocation of CE credit for submission of teaching/publications is approved.”
2006:2B-H-7 “Resolved, that section 1 under “Other Activities for CE Credit” of the Fellowship and Mastership Guidelines be amended as follows:
(1) Teaching/Publications

A combined maximum of 150 hours of lecture credit may be applied to the Fellowship/Mastership Award for the following activities:


A) 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.
B) 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.
C) Authorship of a published scientific article in a dental or scientific journal.
D) Authorship of a published dental textbook or chapter in a published textbook.
E) Authorship of a case report, technique paper, or clinical research report in a dental or scientific journal published in or after July 2000.
F) 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: 30 hours

  • Published dental textbook or chapter in a published textbook: 65 hours

  • 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

  • Review and report on General Dentistry manuscripts: 3 hours each with a maximum of 9 hours per year

  • Draft Self-Assessment quizzes for a peer-reviewed scientific journal: 20 hours per quiz




2009:201S-H-7

“Resolved, that the AIRS09#6 - Fellowship/Mastership Award Guideline Change to Allow Case Presentations as CE is approved.
Activities Accepted for Fellowship Credit

6. Case Presentation Required for Certification/Accreditation by Outside 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 participation credits will be reviewed by the Dental Education and/or PACE Councils for final approval. And be it further


Resolved that the following change be made to the current Mastership Award Guidelines:
Activities Accepted for Mastership Credit

5. Case Presentation Required for Certification/Accreditation by Outside 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 participation credits will be reviewed by the Dental Education and/or PACE Councils for final approval.



Award granted in absentia

77:15 H 6


"Resolved, that a Fellow or Master who was granted his award 'in absentia' be allowed to participate in a future convocation."




Both FAGD and MAGD not permitted at same Convocation

97:33-H-8


"Resolved, that no member of the Academy of General Dentistry be permitted to receive both the Fellowship and the Mastership award at the same Convocation, effective with the Convocation of 2002."




Category of membership, Fellowship as a


2002:20-H-7

“Resolved, that the AGD recognize that its Fellowship and Mastership designations are categories of membership in the organization that may be announced appropriately to the public but only while an individual maintains membership in the organization, and be it further

Resolved, that constituent academies recognize that they may report to appropriate licensing bodies instances of non-members announcing FAGD and MAGD designations to the public because it is false advertising.”
Credit for
Courses, without time limitation


89:45 H 7

"Resolved, that approved FAGD/MAGD credit earned during the periods(s) of AGD membership be applicable to the Fellowship Award without time limitation, beginning with the Fellowship Class of 1991."


Life support courses

87:59 H 7

REVISED

HOD 7/99



"Resolved, that life support courses provided by the American Heart

Association, the Canadian Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the

Canadian Red Cross and their affiliates be accepted for Fellowship/Mastership credit."



Documentation for course credit over 10 years

90:44 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD accept any of the following original or photocopied documentation for courses older than 10 years as applicable to the Fellowship Award:


1. Old acceptable course record forms, imprinted or handwritten.


2. Program provider verification with all appropriate information.
3. AGD printout.
4. State or provincial board verification with all appropriate course information.
5. Substantiation in the AGD file."
Examination
Retention files for FAGD candidates

89:49 H 7


"Resolved, that the AGD establish the following as policy related to FAGD Examination record retention:


'After a period of two years, unless litigation or some claim is pending against the AGD, only the identity of those individuals who have successfully challenged and passed AGD Fellowship Examinations shall be retained and an entry made in their appropriate membership files. All other information, documents, or materials relating to such Fellowship Examinations, including but not limited to the identity of the individual taking the exam, individual answer sheets, individual records or scores, and other such information, shall be removed and destroyed as a part of the record retention program of the AGD. The two year period shall commence on the date notice of the final scoring of any examination taken is sent to the applicant. Overall statistical results of examinations shall be kept by the AGD for psychometric purposes. In any case of doubt as to whether documents or information should be retained, the AGD may consult with legal counsel as to the appropriateness of action to be taken.'


and be it further
Resolved, that the Examination Council be requested to implement this policy immediately."

Guidelines for

2014:117-H-6


"Resolved, that the Fellowship Award Guidelines and Mastership Award Guidelines be amended.”


Fellowship Award Guidelines

Fellowship Requirements


4. 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.


Mastership Award Guidelines

Mastership Award Guidelines



Mastership Requirements

  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.





Advanced specialty education program certificate and credits

2014:207-H-6


“Resolved, that Section 2 of the Activities Accepted for Fellowship Credit, of the Fellowship Award Guidelines and Section 2 of the Activities Accepted for Mastership Credit, of the Mastership Award Guidelines be amended as follows so as to allow credit for the completion of CODA- or CDAC- accredited advanced specialty education programs:


2. Postgraduate Education

a. Effective July 1, 2009.…


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. And be it further,
Resolved, that Section 5 of the Credit Limitations be amended as follows:

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:


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



Changes in

78:19 H 6


"Resolved, that changes made in the Fellowship or Mastership guidelines which make those guidelines more restrictive, be made effective for all members of the AGD five (5) years after the date of passage of such changes by the AGD House of Delegates.”




Reaffirm
GPR Policy in FAGD/MAGD Guidelines changes


2008:202S-H-7

“Resolved, that the following changes be made to the Fellowship Guidelines:
Activities Accepted for Fellowship Credit

2. Postgraduate Education

Individuals completing a one-year CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) can earn 150 hours of participation credit. Individuals completing a two-year CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) can earn 300 hours of participation credit. 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. This policy will be implemented beginning January July 1, 2009. Credit is permitted for the completion of programs as follows:
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%“


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:
And be it further
Resolved, that the following changes be made to the Mastership Guidelines:
Mastership Requirements
Activities Accepted for Mastership Credit

Course Attendance Credit

Residencies

Individuals completing a one-year CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) can earn 150 hours of participation credit. Individuals completing a two-year, CODA-accredited advanced dental education program (AEGD/GDR/GPR) can earn 300 hours of participation credit. 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. This policy will be implemented beginning January July 1, 2009. Credit is permitted for the completion of programs as follows:


Current member of AGD 100% of credits 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% “





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