From the office of:
Cathy Kraus 211 E Chicago Ave Fl 9 Chicago, IL 60611-1900 (312) 440-4312
Fellows and Masters of the AGD
AGD:FACTSHEET Compiled for you by the Academy of General Dentistry
FELLOWS AND MASTERS OF THE AGD
What do these designations mean?
Your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by pursing additional designations. The Fellowship and Mastership designations are two of the most rigorous continuing dental educa- tion programs today.
What are Fellows of
A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry
(FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and an example to other dentists of the importance of quality continu- ing dental education. To earn a FAGD, your dentist must complete a minimum of 500 con- tinuing dental education credit hours, pass a comprehensive exam and have been an AGD member for three continuous years.
What are Masters of the AGD?
A general dentist who has earned the designation “Master” of the AGD (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements. To attain a MAGD, your dentist must first be a Fellow in the AGD. Then your dentist must earn an additional 600 approved continuing dental education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses.
How do these designations
benefit my family and me?
Fellows and Masters of the AGD follow a lifelong pursuit of con- tinuing education. They want to provide the highest quality of dental care to you and your family. The awards symbolize the professional responsibility of your dentist to remain current in their profession. These are awards however, and should not be confused with post-graduate degrees or certification. Every dentist who applies for the Fellowship or Mastership Award has their application reviewed by the AGD to ensure they meet AGD’s high standards.
How does my dentist’s
membership in AGD
benefit my family and me?
Your general dentist cares about long- term dental health for you and your fam- ily and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD. Members are ded- icated to continuing education to help them stay up-to-date on the latest proce- dures to provide you and your family with quality treatment. The general den- tist who remains current in general den- tistry is better able to offer you and your family a variety of diagnosis and treat- ment choices.
What are the requirements to
become an AGD member?
Members never stop learning since the AGD requires its members to participate in 75-hours of voluntary continuing educa- tion every three years. However, surveys show that members average more than 40 hours each year.