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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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9/4/18  8:44 am
Commenter: Scott A. Synnott - Prosthodontist

Most strongly oppose

It is inconceivable, in a society and profession that values transparency and honesty, that the Board would repudiate those core values and expose our patients to misleading marketing and potentially, substandard care.  The definition of the term "specialist" is: a person who concentrates primarily on a particular subject or activity; a person highly skilled in a specific and restricted field.  It takes more than the application of a marketing label professing the ability to provide specialty level care, it requires rigorous academic and clinical experience and training in accredited programs.  A weekend, or even years of OJT do not provide the foundation of knowledge necessary.  Please do not put our patients at risk and ask that they alone have to sort out reality from fantasy when it comes to their care.