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.
$1 Million Matching Gift from an Anonymous Donor
This is a Unique Opportunity to Help Both the College and Foundation!
Double the Impact of Your Gift!
An anonymous donor has pledged $1,000,000 to match all gifts made to the Foundation over the next twelve months. Your gift to the Foundation will be matched by an equal gift from the anonymous donor to the College, thus benefiting both organizations.
The development of a comprehensive report on ethics in dentistry is a primary focus of this campaign. This major report will follow the general model that William J. Gies used for his 1926 landmark work on dental education. It was described in our April issue of ACD News. The Board of Regents reviewed the actionable plan presented in San Antonio regarding the major report on ethics in dentistry. The plan was approved and the project is moving forward. It will take approximately three years to complete and will consume significant resources.
Why donate? We realize our members primarily give because they love the College, they believe in our mission, and they like what we’re doing. We’ve worked hard to have projects and activities that help accomplish our mission. That said, our larger donors are deserving of special recognition. Five giving levels have been established and we hope this unique matching gift opportunity will stimulate your interest in giving in one of these categories. All donations are welcome! Please call our office if you would like to include the Foundation in your estate.
Bronze Circle ($10,000) Silver Circle ($25,000) Gold Circle ($50,000) Platinum Circle ($100,000) President’s Circle ($250,000)
All Circle members will be invited to a special reception at our next Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. as well as to the President’s Dinner. Silver Circle members will be invited to those events for the next three years, Gold Circle members for the next five years, and Platinum Circle members for the next ten years. President’s Circle members will have a standing invitation to those events. All Circle members will be specially recognized at the meeting and in ACD News.
Members will soon be receiving a letter from Dr. Jerome B. Miller, President of the American College of Dentists, and Dr. Kenneth L. Kalkwarf, President of the American College of Dentists Foundation, also introducing this unique matching gift and inviting you to participate. A pledge form will be included with the letter. Your participation is very important! If you would like to make a donation now, please call the Executive Office at 301-977-3223 or e-mail the . You can also visit the Members section of this website using the link above and make a donation directly to the Foundation.
Recent developments of the American College of Dentists include:
$1,000 for Graduate Course
$10,000 for Ethics Degree
$1,000 Scholarships. The American College of Dentists Foundation will be offering up to ten $1,000 partial scholarships in 2016 to dentists who take the 3-unit graduate-level college course in dental ethics at Creighton University entitled, "Oral Health Care at the Intersection of Professional and Business Ethics." The course will run April 25 to June 17, 2016. The scholarships are one-time grants, not repetitive, and are funded by the Dr. Cecelia L. Dows Scholarship Fund. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 12:00 noon, Eastern Time, Monday, February 1, 2016. A summary of the application process is available online as well as a brochure describing the course.
$10,000 Scholarships. We anticipate that one $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2016 to a Fellow enrolled in a graduate degree in ethics. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2016. The application is available online.
On November 5, 2015 the College inducted 284 New Fellows at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C. Congratulations to our new Fellows!
The ACD-ICD-PFA C.E. Conference will take place next spring at the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg, Virginia. This is a follow-up to our very successful collaborative meeting in 2012. This is the first time the three major honorary dental organizations will participate in a joint national meeting. Click this link to view the ACD-ICD-PFA C.E. Conference flyer with registration information.
Four new courses have been added to Courses Online Dental Ethics (CODE), our series of online ethics courses that are part of Dental Ethics. There are now 44 courses available, each providing complimentary C.E. credit. The registration process is simple and there are no registration fees. Try it at www.dentalethics.org.
The Code for Dental Editors developed in 2001 by the American College of Dentists and the American Association of Dental Editors can be viewed online.
On November 2, 2013 the College was awarded Special Recognition Award in New Orleans from the Pierre Fauchard Academy for its valuable leadership to the dental profession over the last 93 years.
The Information Brochure can now be viewed or downloaded as a PDF. The PDF version reflects its trifold layout.
The most recent recent issue of our newsletter, ACD News, can be viewed online.
Fellows can now make online donations to the American College of Dentists Foundation.
The ADEAGies Foundation honored the American College of Dentists for Outstanding Achievement, Public or Private Partner, at the Gies Awards celebration held on March 14, 2011, in San Diego, California, in conjunction with the 2011 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation, and achievement in dental education, research, and leadership.
The Interactive Dental Ethics Application (IDEA®) is a comprehensive ethics resource with interactive features. The prototype has been completed and can be tried at IDEA®. It has and educational focus and there are no fees.
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.
Stressed out? An online Personal Stress Inventory has been added to Dental Leadership at www.dentalleadership.org. The inventory is one of the self-assessment leadership tools and is listed as Activity E under the Assessment heading. The inventory is also associated with Course 28. Dental Leadership is a comprehensive leadership resource and includes self-assessment courses and activities.
Digital compilations of the 52 Ethical Dilemmas published in the Texas Dental Journal from 1993 to 2005, and authored by the late Dr. Thomas K. Hasegawa and others, can be downloaded from www.dentalethics.org. The dilemmas are also available in limited numbers on CDs from the Executive Office.
The College is gathering information to help improve dental practice, and we could use your help. If you are currently in practice, would you please take the anonymous Practice Values Inventory. It only takes a minute or two and it will provide us with very useful information.
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.
Explore our website and learn more about the American College of Dentists.