Have you considered becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate? You haven't? Well, I'm here, at great personal risk, to share top secret, insider information that will hopefully change your mind. If it came to the attention of the powers that be at DOCS Education that I've leaked these secrets, they surely would put me in the stocks. So please, gentle reader, listen carefully. The benefits of becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomate are many, and the glory it will bring to your kingdom…uh, practice will be enduring and splendiferous.
Beginning your hero's quest is easier than you may think. The first step is to have an active membership with DOCS Education. Your membership will allow you to connect to sedation dentists all over the country, using the mysterious wizardry of the Internet, specifically the DOCS site forums. Next, you’ll need two letters of recommendation from a current DOCS Education Fellow of Diplomate. Get your quill and parchment paper ready, for you will also need to author or co-author two articles or sedation case studies that are accepted for publication. Candidates must have completed 75 hours of continuing sedation education, including Advanced Cardiac Life Support (the 45 hours of Advanced Archery is optional, but highly useful). Finally, you will need 50 documented sedation cases under your belt.
After you have successfully achieved the title of Fellow, your next move is to become a DOCS Diplomate. Diplomates must have an active DOCS Education membership as well as an active Fellowship. You will need 200 documented sedation cases and two letters of recommendation from current DOCS Fellows or Diplomates. You will also need to meet two or more of the following requirements: participating in sedation research, completing 200 hours of continuing sedation education, and authoring or co-authoring five published articles on sedation dentistry.
In addition to treasures beyond your wildest imagination, as a DOCS Fellow or Diplomate, you’ll receive an official certificate from DOCS and recognition at your next DOCS seminar. Your sedation dentistry expertise will emphasized when an article you authored is published in DOCS Digest, and you’ll be able to add FDOCS or DDOCS behind your DDS or DMD credentials.
Time is running out for me; the DOCS Education army is approaching fast for my capture. Take my words to heart, dear reader, and contact the member services department at (877) 325-3316. My life depends on it.