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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties
Comment Period Ends 9/5/2018
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8/27/18  1:22 pm
Commenter: Adam Foleck

Strongly In Favor

I agree with those opposed that a weekend warrior course should not enable a dentist to be listed as someone with board certified credentials.  Luckily, the AAID and ABOI do not allow these hours to be counted as the only type of coninuing education towards their credentials.  Both organizations require that the C.E. hours come from a continuum and the amount of hours for the ABOI are considerably more.  The MaxiCourse sponsored by the AAID has been recognized by several Universities and used as an adjunct for training their specialists, including Dental Schools in Georgia, Florida, New Jersey and California and are being looked at by other states as well.  Oral Surgeons, Periodontists, and Prosthodontists have recognized these two organizations and have become Diplomates, Assoc. Fellows and Fellows.  Many of whom are leading implant educators around the world.  The FCC and Federal Courts have recognized that advertising these credentials are actually in the patients best interest when looking for a qualified implantologist.  Neither of these organizations "give" out credentials, and general dentists and specialists do not understand the qualifications or psychometric testing done with these organizations. The ABOI allows for board certified specialists to forgo the written test and only participate in the oral examination.  Finally the ABDS is an independent Specialty Board that allows all specialties in dentistry the opportunity to apply.  The Specialty Board in Medicine (the ABMS) is not associated with the AMA as it is a conflict of interest and not serving the publics best interest; by applying those same rules for dentistry, the Specialty Board in Dentistry should have no affiliation with the ADA.  With an understanding of the ABOI, AAID and ABDS it only makes sense for Virginia to allow advertising so that patients are allowed to do their due dilligence and research the credentials of their implantologist.