What does FAGD or MAGD stand for
after your general dentist’s name?
The Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) Awards are two of the most rigorous continuing dental education programs today.
They help your dentist stay up to date on the
most current dental procedures to offer you the
highest quality of care.
These awards mean that your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by pursuing additional designations.
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 exemplifies to other dentists
the importance of quality continuing dental education. To
earn the FAGD, a dentist must have completed 500 hours of
continuing dental education, passed a comprehensive
written exam and fulfilled three years of continuing
membership with the AGD.
A general dentist who has earned the designation of
“Master” of the AGD (MAGD) has completed a structured
and demanding set of requirements. To attain the MAGD,
your dentist must first be a Fellow in the AGD. Your dentist
must then earn an additional 600 approved continuing
education hours (including 400 hours of hands-on
courses), while meeting minimum requirements in certain
According to the U.S. Bureau of
There are an estimated 110,400 General Dentists who are employed
directly in the field of dentistry. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related
to patients’ oral health needs. As of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that only15 % of General Dentists achieve the
FAGD and just 3% achieve the MAGD.
Even if your dentist does not have an “FAGD” or “MAGD” after his or
her name, it is possible that he or she has taken continuing education.
At your next visit, ask your dentist how he or she is staying up to date
on procedures to provide you and your family with a wide range of