To become a member of the Florida Academy of General Dentistry, membership in the Academy of General Dentistry is required. Please visit the AGD web site for information on how to apply for membership, including the current dues rates. When you join these two organizations you also have the option of joining a component organization if one is located in your local area.
To maintain membership privileges, members must pay yearly dues and obtain 75 hours of continuing dental education credits every three years.
Academy members enjoy access to a variety of benefits ranging from the intangible such as shared experiences and camaraderie to more tangible such as continuing education and important services that can assist you and your practice in concrete ways. Some of these services will be valuable to you now, others will be useful at various times throughout your career.
The Academy works to provide professional and personal services that will help you build your practice, save money, protect your investment and increase your convenience. For a list of current programs we offer please visit this section of the AGD web site for additional information.
The Florida Academy of General Dentistry (Florida AGD) has partnered with Dentalxchange, the leading provider of Internet-based applications and connectivity solutions for the dental community, to offer discounted Web services to Florida AGD member dentists. If you are a member, you can sign up for your own professional Web site (with up to 14 sections and over 30 pages), developed for aspecial rate of $99 — a $495 value — and hosted for just $29.95 a month. (There is an additional $85 pass-through fee to register your Internet domain name, which gives you exclusive rights to the name you select for two years.)
Your Web site will be linked to Dentalxchange’s heavily trafficked Dentist Directory, where consumers go to find a dentist in their area. You can even link your Web site to PracticeConnectSM, Dentalxchange’s Web-based practice management and online patient registration system. It gives you anytime, anywhere access to your practice data, with complete security and no system administration headaches.
To view sample designs, go to www.dentalxchange.com and click on “Get a Web Site.” While online, be sure to check out Dentalxchange’s complete set of
- Web-based and desktop practice management software,
- Connectivity to payers for online eligibility verification and FREE electronic claims submission,
- Comprehensive library of online CE courses,
- Full e-catalog of dental products from leading manufacturers.
Members are eligible for two prestigious awards, the Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) Awards, by meeting additional educational requirements.
To receive the Fellowship Award, a member must complete a minimum of 500 continuing education credit hours, pass a comprehensive examination and have been a member of the Academy for five continuous years.
To receive the Mastership Award, a member must complete 1,100 hours of continuing education, including 400 hours of hands-on courses, and have previously earned a Fellowship Award. A Master has studied all 16 disciplines in dentistry.