Fellowship/Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD/MAGD)
What does FAGD or MAGD stand for after your general dentist's name?
Your dentist is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists who are dedicated to professional development and continuing education. 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 continuing dental education to patient care. A general dentist who has earned the designation "Master" of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and rigorous set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines. Both Fellows and Masters have accepted the charge to keep abreast of advances in dentistry for the benefit of patients and the betterment of dentistry. They serve as mentors and leaders to other dentists pursuing continuing dental education.
How many dentists have achieved Fellowship or Mastership?
In the AGD's 60 year history (2012), only 15,343 dentists have ever earned Fellowship and only 2,818 have earned Mastership. This is quite a low number of qualifying dentists, especially when one breaks the numbers down to reveal on average only 4-5 dentists per state per year achieve Fellowship and far fewer attain Mastership. Less than 5% of all dentists ever achieve Fellowship and less than 1% ever achieve Mastership the AGD. When your dentist has achieved the Fellowship Award or Mastership Award, you can be assured that they are dedicated to providing the finest care in general dentistry.
What are the steps to Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry?
To earn a Fellowship Award, your dentist must be an AGD member for three consecutive years, earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing dental education credits, pass comprehensive 250 question examination, apply for the award, and attend a convocation ceremony at the National AGD Meeting.
What is the requirement for Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry?
To attain Mastership, members must first be Fellows in the Academy of General Dentistry. Then they must earn an additional 600 approved continuing education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines. In addition 400 of the required credits must be in participation courses, in which skills are leaned through manipulation of dental materials. Thus, a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry has taken a total of 1,100 hours of continuing education. A Master has studied 16 disciplines in dentistry, such as periodontics, orthodontics, and dental implants. The final requirement of Mastership is to attend a convocation ceremony at the National AGD meeting.
What's special about a dentist who has an award from the Academy of General Dentistry?
Fellows and Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry continue in a lifelong pursuit of continuing education to provide the highest quality of dental care to patients. The award symbolizes the professional responsibility of general dentists to remain current in their profession and reminds each member of the dental profession to continue to learn new techniques for their dental practice. These are awards, however, and should not be confused with postgraduate degrees or certification. Every dentist who applies for the Fellowship or Mastership award has their application reviewed by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the Academy of General Dentistry are met.