I’m an AGD Fellow!

Marc Vance - Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

I’m an AGD Fellow! What does that mean for you and your family?

FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Earning Fellowship takes dedication to dental continuing education (CE) beyond graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada are AGD Fellows. When you see a dentist with FAGD behind their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows practice these techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year – not every dentist does this.

To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must:

  • Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
  • Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live courses.
  • Pass an exam equal in difficulty to board certification exams.

I mentioned the FAGD award in a previous post when I passed them the exam last summer. I officially received the award at the AGD’s annual meeting this past July. It was a great experience.

My next goal is to achieve mastership, which required 1,100 CE credits, with very specific rules about getting credits in each subject in dentistry.

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