Dentistry is naturally self-selecting for ambitious types. Therefore, it only made sense for DOCS Education to create two rigorous but rewarding opportunities for members: Fellowship and Diplomate statuses.

Both titles demand a certain level of dedication, study and commitment to achieve, and consequently, create a structured pathway through which particularly dedicated clinicians can exercise their minds. They also prove to both current and potential patients that their dentist has jumped through hoops for the purpose of becoming a better clinician, and thus providing better care. The prestige that comes with becoming a Fellow or Diplomate is due to much more than a mere status symbol. It is proof that the dentist in question simply belongs to a different category of clinicians.

To become a Fellow or Diplomate, one must complete the following, respectively:

Fellowship Requirements:

  • Active DOCS Education membership
  • Two letters of recommendation from current DOCS Educaiton Fellows or Diplomates
  • Co-author two articles or sedation case studies accepted for publication
  • 75 hours of continuing sedation education, including ACLS, over the last five years
  • 50 documented sedation cases

Diplomate Requirements:

  • Active DOCS Education membership
  • Active Fellowship
  • Documented completion of 200 sedation cases
  • Two letters of recommendation from current DOCS Education Fellows or Diplomates
  • Must meet two or more of the following requirements:
    • Documented participation in sedation research
    • 200 hours of continuing sedation education over the last eight years and/or authoring or co-authoring five published articles on sedation dentistry

Of course, Diplomate or Fellowship status goes far beyond practical and logistical aspects: when you advertise that you are a Fellow or Diplomate to your patients, you’re further strengthening your identity and public persona as an authority on sedation dentistry, an ambitious person, and perhaps most important—someone who can help patients.

To learn more about becoming a Fellow or Diplomate visit the membership benefit page here.

Editor's Note: In the original version of this blog entry the number of sedation cases needed for Diplomate status was mistakenly listed as 300. The correct number of sedation cases needed for Diplomate status is 200.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this, or any case study post in Incisor should never be considered a proper replacement for necessary training and/or education regarding adult oral conscious sedation. Regulations regarding sedation vary by state. This is an educational and informational piece. DOCS Education accepts no liability whatsoever for any damages resulting from any direct or indirect recipient's use of or failure to use any of the information contained herein. DOCS Education would be happy to answer any questions or concerns mailed to us at 106 Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121. Please print a copy of this posting and include it with your question or request.

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The information contained in this, or any case study post in Incisor, should never be considered a proper replacement for necessary training and/or education regarding adult oral conscious sedation. Regulations regarding sedation vary by state. This is an educational and informational piece. DOCS Education accepts no liability whatsoever for any damages resulting from any direct or indirect recipient's use of or failure to use any of the information contained herein. DOCS Education would be happy to answer any questions or concerns mailed to us at 3250 Airport Way S, Suite 701 | Seattle, WA 98134. Please print a copy of this posting and include it with your question or request.
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