Our mission is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry.
The American College of Dentists (ACD) is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society. In response to serious problems facing the profession, the American College of Dentists was founded August 20, 1920, by the then leaders of dentistry to elevate the standards of dentistry, to encourage graduate study, and to grant Fellowship to those who have done meritorious work. The American College of Dentists is nonprofit and apolitical, and has long been regarded as the "conscience of dentistry."
The College has played a vital role in positively shaping the profession. Early accomplishments include being the first organization to promote what we today call "continuing education," organizing and incorporating the American Association of Dental Editors, and essentially saving the Journal of Dental Research during the Depression. The College is currently involved in a wide range of activities, nationally and locally, to accomplish its mission. These efforts include ethics summits, online courses in dental ethics, the Professional Ethics Initiative, an entry level ethics course, online leadership courses, leadership symposia, a multimedia dental history resource, resource materials for dental schools, a variety of award programs, and more.
ACD Annual Meeting and Convocation in Denver
Our ACD 2016 Annual Meeting and Convocation took place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19-20, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel, 1550 Court Place. The meeting featured an outstanding program, including speakers Chuck Gallagher, an excellent speaker on business ethics, and Mark Sanborn, a well-known speaker on leadership. The Fellows Forum featured a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chambers on inclusivity. The panel consisted of Drs. Steve Chan, Maxine Feinberg, Leo Rouse, and Dan Hammer. We also had a new 7-hour ethics course on leadership and ethics by Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer and Prof. Pamela Zarkowski. Buzz Sutherland entertained us at lunch. Two hundred and forty new Fellows were inducted into Fellowship; the Convocation speaker was Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Commerce and Transportation. Dinner featured the Rockslide band and a Chinese Lion Dance troupe.
Recent developments of the American College of Dentists include:
$10,000 for Ethics Degree
$10,000 Scholarships. We anticipate that one $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2017 to a Fellow enrolled in a graduate degree in ethics. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2017. The application is available online.
A PDF of the slide presentation of Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE from his program in Denver, October 20, 2016, and entitled "Lead like Fred," can be downloaded here.
ACD 2016 Annual Meeting and Convocation took place October 19–20, 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver.
Eight ethical dilemma videos produced in conjunction with Indiana University can be viewed or downloaded from our Dental Ethics site. The videos are designed for dentists but are also very useful for dental students.
The American College of Dentists Foundation recently received a $1 million planned gift from Dr. Jerome B. Miller. The Foundation is extremely grateful to Dr. Miller for his extraordinary generosity.
The Information Brochure can now be viewed or downloaded as a PDF. The PDF version reflects its trifold layout.
Fellows can now make online donations to the American College of Dentists Foundation.
The ACD, primarily through its Sections, supports the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association, chapters of which have been established at over 30 North American dental schools. SPEA, as the organization is known, was founded in 2007 at U.S.C. It is student-run and has a purpose of increasing the overall level of ethics and professionalism. See their website or contact their for more information on starting a chapter at your local dental school.
The Members Only section contains a variety of useful resources; use the Members link on the menu. The latest addition is a summary of the Model Section Program, including an application. You can also pay your dues in this section.
A new, simplified, one-page nomination form is available. Contact our for more information.
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