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 will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 19-20, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown hotel, 1550 Court Place. The meeting will feature 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 will feature a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chambers on inclusivity. The panel will consist of Drs. Steve Chan, Maxine Feinberg, Leo Rouse, and Dan Hammer. We will also have a new 7-hour ethics course on professionalism by Dr. Phyllis Beemsterboer and Prof. Pamela Zarkowski. Buzz Sutherland will entertain us at lunch.
The Convocation speaker will be Norman Mineta, former Secretary of Transportation. Dinner will feature the Rockslide band and a Chinese Lion Dance troupe. The meeting will officially begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 with the afternoon LeaderSkills program (registration will be open beginning at 8:00 a.m.). The format will allow many attendees to travel on Wednesday morning and save a night in the hotel and preserve a full workday. We expect a large attendance, so plan ahead. For more information, and to register, see the Annual Meeting Brochure. Don’t miss it!
Recent developments of the American College of Dentists include:
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.
ACD 2016 Annual Meeting and Convocation will take place October 19–20, 2016 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver. The ADA Code for the ACD room block is ACDDEN. Click this link to view the Annual Meeting Brochure with registration information and form.
On November 5, 2015 the College inducted 284 New Fellows at the Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, D.C. Congratulations to our new Fellows!
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.
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.
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