Distinguish yourself as a general dentist and show your commitment to continuing education by pursuing your AGD Fellowship or Mastership. These prestigious awards give you the opportunity to expand your clinical knowledge and enhance how you treat your patients.
Members who have achieved AGD Mastership can go on to earn Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition (LLSR). With this designation, AGD recognizes Masters’ commitment to continuous learning and staying active both in organized dentistry and their communities.
Fellows, Masters and LLSR recipients are recognized annually during the AGD Convocation Ceremony, which is held during AGD’s Scientific Session. Recipient of the AGD Dr. Thaddeus V. Weclew are also recognized during this time.
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Benefits of a FAGD/MAGD
AGD Fellows and Masters have made a commitment to care that goes above and beyond traditional education and licensing requirements. They have dedicated themselves to learning, growing and staying current in the field so that they can provide the best oral care to patients and their families.
Only 6% of dentists have earned their AGD Fellowship, and only 4% have earned their AGD Mastership.
AGD's KnowYourDentist.org website provide information to help you patients understand the value of these awards and learn more about finding an AGD dentist. Take advantage of these resources and start promoting the benefits of these awards to current and prospective patients today!
Promote Your Achievements
AGD Fellows, Masters, and Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition recipients can inform the public and their patients about the award they received through a series of tools and resources that highlight you and the only achievement-based award in general dentistry. Learn more about these opportunities.
AGD offers Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) awards to members who truly go above and beyond in their learning. To earn a Fellowship award, a dentist must complete at least 500 continuing dental education hours, pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam, and maintain AGD membership for three continuous years. To receive the Mastership award, a dentist must first receive his or her Fellowship award. Then, the dentist must earn an additional 600 approved CE hours within specific dental disciplines. Access cutting edge CE through AGD today!
Four-Handed Dentistry: A Team Sport That Develops a Rhythm – How to Work with a Dental AssistantDate(s)
Karen L. Comisi, DISIPC, CDA, RDA, FADAA
Subject: 550 Practice Management and Human Relations
Thursday, March 30: 7:30–9 p.m. CDT
Audience: Dental students, new dentists and any dentists who would like to work more efficiently and effectively with dental assistants
Fee: $37.50 (students); $75 (members); $125 (nonmembers)
Dentists get very little, if any, information or training on how to work with a dental assistant during dental school. However, any practicing dentist will tell you that dental assistants are integral parts of the dental team. Having a well-trained dental assistant working by your side makes all the difference when it comes to delivering quality, efficient dental care. The closest most students get to working with a dental assistant in school is when a classmate is willing to help them during clinic. Once they graduate, they are expected to know how to work with a dental assistant in their residency programs or clinical practices. Join this webinar from Karen L. Comisi, a dental assistant, to learn how to efficiently and effectively work with dental assistants.
- Understand and appreciate the value of a dental assistant.
- Learn the role of the dental assistant in a dental team and how to work side-by-side with your dental assistant.
- Learn what to look for when hiring a dental assistant.
- Learn why communication and respect go both ways.
Over the past 37 years, Karen has held almost every position in the dental office, with the exception of dentist and hygienist. She has been an orthodontic assistant, oral surgery assistant, general dentist assistant, front office manager, insurance coordinator and was the co-founder, Practice Administrator and CFO for “Dental Care with a Difference PC”. Karen served as the Practice Manager at Carolina Park Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant SC for 2 years and is now an Administrative Coordinator for the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and Special Care Dentistry (SCD) at the Medical University of South Carolina. Karen is a respected Key Opinion Leader, author, speaker and consultant. She was one of the first licensed, registered restorative function dental assistants in New York State and is a founding member of the Southern Tier Dental Assistants Society. Karen served on the New York State Board for Dentistry from 2010-2018 and served as a board member on the Dental Assistant National Board (DANB) from 2015-2021. She is a Fellow in the American Dental Assistants Association (ADAA), a member of the Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) and the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB), and is a Dental Industry Specialist in Infection Prevention and Control.