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 Atlanta
Our ACD 2017 Annual Meeting and Convocation will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 18-19, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia. Our program begins Wednesday afternoon with an opportunity to be heard and voice input to our comprehensive Gies Report on Ethics. We also have a special morning ethics course, "Professionalism: A Core Value." The Regency breakout sessions and Meet & Greet complete Wednesday’s events. Thursday’s activities include the morning business meeting, Terry Paulson, our keynote speaker, who will present "Making Change Work!" Entertainment at lunch will be provided by Craig Karges. The Convocation, and our evening reception and elegant dinner dance will follow. The Convocation speaker will be the Honorable Drew Ferguson, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and ACD Fellow. Dinner will feature the Glow band and a performance by Christopher Glenn. The meeting will officially begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 with the special afternoon session (registration will be open beginning at 8:00 a.m.). We expect a large attendance, so plan ahead. Fellows can meet with friends, welcome new Fellows, and participate in a most memorable event. Don’t miss it!
PLEASE NOTE! New online registration procedures are in place for Atlanta, see page 13 of the April issue of ACD News for a detailed description of the new online process. Online registration opens May 10th.
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.
IMPORTANT Online Registration! Registration for the ACD 2017 Annual Meeting and Convocation in Atlanta, October 18–19, will use a special section of the online meeting registration used by the ADA for ADA 2017 ‒ America’s Dental Meeting®. Please see page 13 of the April issue of ACD News for a detailed description of the new online process. Online registration opens May 10th.
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.
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.
Explore our website and learn more about the American College of Dentists.