You’ve taken the courses, you’ve notified your patients and you’ve implemented sedation dentistry in your practice. What’s next? Becoming a DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomat. The process is simple and informative, and the lasting benefits will demonstrate to your colleagues and patients that you’ve gone above and beyond to become a sedation expert from the most trusted educator of sedation dentists, DOCS Education. You can’t become a Diplomat without being a Fellow, and you can’t become a Fellow without a few basic steps outlined below.
The first step is to have an active membership with DOCS Education. Your membership grants you access to our site forums which provide an invaluable resource to discuss sedation cases and get expert advice from our faculty. In addition you will connect with sedation dentists across the country, building a lasting professional relationship where a network of informed, educated doctors will assist you with any issues that may be encountered in your practice.
To become a Fellow you need two letters of recommendation from a current DOCS Education Fellow or Diplomat—your network will easily be able to provide you with these. Likewise you’ll 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, over the past five years. And finally, you will need 50 documented sedation cases under your belt.
After your Fellowship application is reviewed and approved you can set your sights on the next step—becoming a DOCS Diplomat. Diplomats must have an active DOCS Education membership as well as an active Fellowship. With your documented completion of 200 sedation cases and two letters of recommendation from current DOCS Fellows or Diplomats, you will also need to meet two or more of the following requirements: Participation in sedation research, 200 hours of continuing sedation education over the last 8 years, and authoring or co-authoring five published articles on sedation dentistry.
Upon successful completion of these requirements you will receive an official certificate from the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education) as well as official recognition at our seminars, a published article in the DOCS Digest, and the addition of FDOCS or DDOCS behind your DDS or DMD credentials. Application fees for Fellowship are $495 and $695 for Diplomats. You’ve taken the first step by joining DOCS Education for the premiere sedation training in the U.S.; take the next step by becoming a leader in sedation dentistry. Contact the membership services department at DOCS by calling (877) 325-3316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the process and become a Fellow or Diplomat today.