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WHAT DOES FAGD OR MAGD STAND FOR?

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Reem Kidess, MAGD 2018

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.

FAGD: 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.

MAGD: 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 dental disciplines.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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, only 15 % 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 treatment options.

Dr. Kidess achieved FAGD in 2004 and MAGD in 2018