WHY BECOME A FELLOW/MASTER OF THE ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY?
As Board Members, we often get asked “WHY SHOULD I BECOME A FELLOW OF THE ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY?” The answer is simple. General dentist who achieve Fellowship and Mastership distinguish themselves from other dentists and demonstrate themselves from other dentists and demonstrate their commitment to Continuing Education.
These awards allow you to expand your clinical knowledge and enhance the treatment of your patients.
FACT: ONLY 7% OF GENERAL DENTISTS ACHIEVE FELLOWSHIP Therefore this distinction can be used as an effective marketing tool for your practice. Visit AGD.org Today To Find Out More!
NJAGD HOSTS SUCCESSFUL COURSE THROUGH FOUNDATION – CONTINUING EDUCATION
On March 14th, 2018, the NJ Academy of General Dentistry hosted Dr. Roger Levin’s “New Game. New Rules. New Playbook” continuing education lecture at the Galloping Hill Country Club in Kenilworth, NJ. The NJAGD secured Dr. Levin’s lecture as the result of a bid in the AGD Foundation’s silent auction in 2017 . Here at NJAGD we are happy and excited to support the great work of the AGD Foundation.
The silent auction not only benefits the AGD Foundation but also the members of the constituent AGD’s. The NJ AGD was able to offer Dr. Levin’s course to our members at a very reasonable tuition and take the profit and invest it into member appreciation events and more continuing education courses. Supporting the AGD Foundation is a win-win all around.
This year at the 2018 AGD Foundation’s Silent Auction we were successful in securing Dr. Hugh Flax for Friday, April 12, 2019 and Dr. Bruce Cassis for Wednesday, September 25, 2019. We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming courses and the NJAGD looks forward to supporting the Foundation for years to come.
Visit njagd.org for complete listing of CE courses
Sleep Solutions Group with Dr. Charles Kravitz
Friday, January 18, 2019 7:30am-4:30pm
Galloping Hill Country Club, 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Digital Dentistry and Implant Esthetics with Dr. Dean Vafiadis
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:30am-4:30pm
Galloping Hill Country Club, 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Contemporary Cosmetic Dentistry & Laser Enhancements That Make Smiles Magical with Dr. Hugh Flax
Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30am-4:30pm
Biagio’s On The Terrace, 299 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652
Updates on Dental Pharmacology with Dr. Thomas Viola
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:30am-4:30pm (Annual Session)
Practical Laser Assisted Dentistry with Dr. Bruce Cassis
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 7:30am-4:30pm
The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry (NJAGD) in accordance with the NJAGD Constitution and By-Laws is posting, more then 90 days prior to the NJAGD Annual Session on May 9, 2018 report of the nominating committee:
At least ninety (90) days prior to the Annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall convene a nominating committee consisting of five members, exclusive of the President. The committee shall include the President-elect, who shall act as chairperson with a right to vote and four additional members who are Fellows and /or Masters. The nominating committee shall present its slate of candidates for the offices to be elected by the general membership at least sixty (60) days in advance of the Annual meeting of the New Jersey AGD. Additional nominations of qualified candidates may be made by the membership by petition. Nominations by petition must be signed by fifteen (15) members of the New Jersey AGD and must be submitted to NJAGD headquarters no less than forty five (45) prior to the Annual meeting/election.
Required qualifications for each office: (President-Elect automatically moves to President).
President Elect – A candidate for the office of President-Elect shall have either (1) been an officer of the NJAGD or (2) served at least two years on the Board of Directors.
Vice-President – A candidate for the office of Vice-President shall have either (1) been and officer of the NJAGD (2) served at least two years on the Board of Directors.
Treasurer – A candidate for the office of Treasurer must be an active member of the NJAGD.
Secretary – A candidate for the office of Secretary must be an active member of the NJAGD.
Many of you think you know about the Academy of General Dentistry whether you are members or not. You know that they promote and provide continuing education, they keep track of your CE records, and offer Fellowship, Mastership, and LLSR as professional goals for your career. What you don’t know is that all of that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Did you know that the NJAGD also supports the students at Rutgers with not only financial help but also with quality CE at the school? Did you know that the AGD is the only national organization which speaks out solely on behalf of general dentistry? Whether the issues range from anti-trust legislation to mid-level providers, the AGD is there with your viewpoint. Did you know that white papers produced by the AGD have gone on to influence not only our entire profession but also our local, state and national legislators?
Right now, the AGD is working to revolutionize the way we will receive CE in the future with a whole new system on the horizon. We are reaching out to our colleagues to make sure that we are relevant to them. We are also currently organizing our next annual Scientific Session, the new benchmark for continuing education in the future.
However, we can’t do it without your help. If you are not yet a member of the AGD, please join us. You will not regret it. If you are already an AGD member, consider becoming involved with our NJAGD Board of Directors. They are a very energetic and cohesive group, but they could always use more help. You will also get to know an outstanding group of colleagues.
If you want further information or just want to talk, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott M Dubowsky, DMD
AGD Trustee, Region 4
Dr. Charles Perle (aka Poppy) has announced his retirement as NJAGD Executive Director, eﬀective December 31 st . For those of you who don’t know Charles well, he has lived and breathed the AGD since the early 1970’s and knows more about the culture and the achievements of the NJAGD and AGD than anyone I know.
Charles was known for years at the AGD House of Delegates as a very eloquent delegate and a master of parliamentary procedure. He was also a mentor for many of the NJAGD leaders who went on to become national oﬃcers for the Academy.
When Charles was hired as the NJAGD executive person several years ago, the organization was suﬀering from financial problems and a stagnant board with no new leaders joining in. Charles has changed all that. In a few short years, the NJAGD is back in good financial shape and we have new young leadership on the NJAGD Board of Directors which we hope will take us to new heights. Personally, I have known Charles since we were kids growing up in Hudson County. Over the years he has given me lots of advice—some solicited and some not, but all valuable. I will cherish all the good times we’ve had over the years and look forward to more ahead.
Organized dentistry is engrained in Charles’s DNA. He understands the nuances of the politics better than anyone I know and will always be a resource for anyone wise enough to seek him out. Charles may be retiring from his executive post, but he is certainly not retiring from the NJAGD. I know that he will always have the NJAGD in his heart and he will always be welcome by his NJAGD colleagues.
Scott M Dubowsky DMD FAGD Trustee,
Arlene O’Brien, DMD
NJAGD Continuing Education Chair
It is an exciting time for the NJ Academy of General Dentistry. We believe that lifetime learning is paramount. To that end, our enthusiastic Board has created the Continuing Education Committee, to fulfill its commitment to bringing our members, and the dental community at large, quality courses that will make NJAGD your leader in Continuing Education choices. Through monthly conference calls we brainstorm potential courses, allowing for thoughtful discussion on which topics and speakers would be most interesting and useful to our members.
We are excited to bring you more courses to choose from in the New Year, with a calendar of four events between January 2018 and May 2018. On January 26, we are offering “Treating Worn Smiles,” by Dr. John Nosti. All dentists can appreciate and learn from this topic, enhanced by the real-life cases Dr. Nosti will be presenting. On March 14, we will be offering “New Game. New Rules. New Playbook.”, by Dr. Roger Levin. At this course, dentists can bring staff to learn the pearls of wisdom Dr. Levin can offer to help thrive in dentistry today. Additional courses in April and May will include a hands-on endodontics course.
We appreciate the support and loyalty of all our members, and look forward to continuing to provide quality continuing education in the years ahead.
You have an incredible passion for organized dentistry. Having been involved for many years, ultimately reaching the AGD’s highest office, can you tell our readers what has inspired you to take this journey?
Simple, I have been part of the most empowering experience in healthcare. Making a difference in the lives of others is at the root of what most healthcare providers aspire to do, and my involvement in the AGD has allowed me to do that at another level, where I can advocate for the profession of dentistry and improve continuing education for veteran and novice dentists alike. Education is the enabler of society, and dentistry, with its open approach to delivering care, is at the top of healthcare efficiencies and innovative providers. I wanted to make sure that I help maintain and improve in any way I can to preserve this section of healthcare so that it works for generations to come.
Education is empowering! Everything that the AGD stands for is still based on general dentists helping each other by sharing knowledge to help the patients we serve. I think it is the most giving of all professions.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become more involved in organized dentistry?
Look within yourself and see what special talents you have and are willing to share with others. Expose yourself to the different organizations that exist around you and decide which one makes you feel at home. When you are with like-minded people you feel empowered by the synergy we experience in our own families. I have friends in the AGD that are every bit as important as some family members. They have shared my most successful moments as well as the most challenging ones. This sharing of similar professional and life experiences brings us together with brothers and sisters of other races, religions and genders that if it were not for a group like the AGD, we would never have the opportunity to experience.
Having two children who are successful practicing dentists can you share some of the advice you gave them that could help other new dentists just starting out?
Listen more than you talk, ask from those you see succeed, learn from those that have failed and only enter this profession if you have a genuine interest in helping others. You can make a living at many other careers and professions. Dentistry changes lives and should never be delegated to a financial transaction. It is a very generous profession but outside forces continue to make it more challenging every day. I fight for the rights of General Dentists to be able to practice based on their education because it is the only profession that still depends on self-initiation to provide better care while always putting the patients first.
I never told my children to join this profession, but they grew up meeting the people I knew and they saw the people I treated and the lives I changed, which may have planted the seed that later on germinated in three of them getting involved and doing it at a high level. It is not enough to do something if you do not do it to the best of your abilities.
The AGD has long been a leader in the field of dental education. Can you tell us about some of the new and exciting opportunities currently available?
We have created new and flexible ways of accomplishing your educational needs by expanding on what is taught in dental school, bringing in new and relevant topics to practicing dentists, such as in the areas of business, new trends in the treatment of sleep apnea, diagnosis and treatment of occlusal diseases, opportunities to learn what is needed at different stages of your career and, most critically, the diverse methods we use to provide blended learning. We combine our hands-on approach with web-based learning with custom lengths and formats to meet the needs of everyone. You can have a 70-year-old who is keeping up with the latest in bonding next to a 26-year-old who is trying to decide if polyvinyl is better than optical impressions.
We are the road that fulfills present and future needs throughout your professional life.
Many of our readers don’t realize the critical role the AGD plays in advocating for the general dentist. Could you tell us a little more about this?
Without the AGD, general dentists would be doing very little other than filling cavities. Requirements and education get more demanding every year while other entities advance the alternative delivery models with diminished requirements and expanded duties that result in an unnecessary two-tier delivery system that has proven to fail on its own merit. Dentistry continues to be the most efficient delivery of dental care in the world because in the US and Canada we have instituted a team-approach system that provides the best and most efficient care. Why new legislation continues to espouse otherwise is beyond me, but we continue going to DC to let them know the other side of the story.
Narpat S. Jain, DMD, MAGD
NJAGD Vice President
One of the common questions we receive as NJAGD Board Members from prospective or non-members is “Why join the AGD?”
My introduction to the Academy of General Dentistry came from Dr. Joseph Battaglia while still matriculated at New Jersey Dental School in 1995. Throughout my career, my reasons for being a member have changed based on where I was professionally, but each stage has brought its own unique and important rewards.
As dentists, most of us are usually in the isolated cocoons of our offices. The world of dentistry is changing at a lightening pace – material science, HR, practice management, techniques and technology. Staying abreast of the latest is always a challenge. The AGD provides a support system and network for the general dentist exclusively.
As a young dentist, what was important to me was learning the most sophisticated procedures that would help grow my practice, and how to build my personal brand. The AGD did that from the onset by encouraging a dedication to quality continuing education and excellence, and the first tangible result from my involvement in the AGD was my achievement of Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. The Fellowship sets you apart from other general practitioners, and shares your dedication to quality and continued education to colleagues and patients alike. Personally, and most importantly, it is a badge of honor to the hard work, hours of continuing education, knowledge, and my family’s sacrifices that allowed me the opportunity to attain my goal.
As my career progressed, my personal goal was elevated to achieving a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. Taking participation courses in various disciplines enhanced my knowledge base and broadened my horizons.
Matriculating in the mastership courses through the NJAGD’s Advance into Mastership (AIM) program gave me the opportunity to meet fantastic, like-minded, progressive dentists who I now consider good friends! The camaraderie gained benefitted me on a personal and professional level. One of these dentists, Dr. Brett Druger of Westfield, NJ, was initially mentored by me on implants, practice setup and continuing education. Over the years, the roles were reversed, and he mentored me in office efficiency and applying technology.
Another dentist who I saw regularly at AGD courses was Dr. V. Selvan (former NJAGD president). My story with Selvan spans many years. Both of us had a lot in common. We are both originally from India, love our profession, have a thirst for knowledge, and want to be the very best we can be personally and professionally.
The icing on the cake on my mastership journey was to receive my Mastership the same day as Selvan was to receive his LLSR (Life Long Learning & Service award) in Boston in 2016. It was great for us to have friends, family, staff and colleagues cheering us on during the awards ceremony. They shared that journey of hours of continuing education, studying, taking time away from our practices for self-improvement and sacrifice to be the best we can be!
The most recent stage in my journey with the AGD started on 8/21/2014 when I received an email invitation for “Leaders Wanted” from the NJAGD soliciting dentists interested in becoming involved in leadership of the organization. With my children in college, my practice doing well, it was time for me to “give back” to my chosen profession. My first board meeting was on 9/15/2015. Much to my surprise, among the existing board members was my friend Dr. V. Selvan! With Selvan’s guidance and mentorship, my involvement in the NJAGD and appreciation of organized dentistry has grown.
As volunteers on the board we get a chance to really influence the direction of our association and serve our fellow dentists and profession. Earlier this year, I participated in my first ever “AGD Hill Day” event. It was a great opportunity to spend time with fellow NJ dentists – Dr. Manuel Cordero (current AGD President), Dr. Joseph Battaglia (Chair-Legislative Government Affairs Council), & Dr. Elizabeth Clemente (Division Coordinator / Budget and Finance Committee), and to meet other concerned dentists from all over the country. We lobbied our Senators and Congressional Representatives on issues important to our profession such as student debt refinancing and ending antitrust exemption for insurance companies.
So, to answer, “Why join the AGD?” … My answer is: “To help you to be the best you can be, and to be associated with quality people with the highest dedication to our profession.”
A visit to the dentist could soon give patients a better understanding of their diabetes status, information that can help them improve both oral and medical health if they are living with the potentially deadly condition.
Starting next year, dentists in certain states — including New Jersey — will be able to get paid for performing chair-side diabetes screenings for at-risk patients. Advocates hope the change will enable dentists to offer more effective care, while empowering patients with important health information.
While dentists traditionally take health histories on their patient, and may even perform select screenings, the focus has generally been the safety and efficacy of oral health treatments.
Chicago, IL (November 5, 2017) — The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has installed Manuel A. Cordero, DDS, CPH, MAGD, of Sewell, New Jersey, as the organization’s new president. Dr. Cordero, who had most recently served as the AGD’s president-elect, assumed his new position during the AGD’s Annual Meeting this November 3-5 in Chicago. An esteemed leader in organized dentistry as well as a professional with more than 34 years serving his community as a general dentist, Dr. Cordero will act on behalf of the AGD in this role for one year.
During his tenure as president, Dr. Cordero seeks to ensure that AGD members feel that the organization is focused on serving the needs of general dentists. He’s committed to furthering professional competency among AGD members and all general dentists. Dr. Cordero believes that there is empowerment through education and a great opportunity for dentists to become even greater in their field. “When I pursued education after school, it was through the Academy of General Dentistry— which really made a difference, because dentistry is such a competitive field,” said Dr. Cordero. “You have to differentiate yourself from others, and I chose to do so through education. That’s why I’m very passionate about the AGD, because it has been my source of education since I left school, and it empowers people to achieve their maximum potential.”
Dr. Cordero has been involved with the AGD since 1987 and has served the New Jersey AGD (NJAGD) as Membership chair, receiving awards for his efforts two years in a row. He then became the constituent’s public information officer, working to create new programs and to support the constituent’s award-winning public relations efforts. He served the NJAGD while also working for AGD as the first Hispanic spokesperson and as an original contributor of Smileline since its inception. He started AGD’s multilingual distribution of Dental Notes and contributed to the Spanish and French translations of other in-office support material for dentists in the US and Canada. His efforts increased the AGD’s outreach to other populations.
Collaborating with other organizations to advance the work of general dentists, Dr. Cordero has been a member of the ADA since he joined the AGD. He is past president of the Richard V Tucker Study Club Academy, past regent of the Academy of Dentistry International, and Councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry. He has served as an Hispanic Dental Association trustee and continues to be a mentor and consultant to its leadership.
Stepping outside solely dental organizations, Dr. Cordero has also been recognized by two medical societies for his contributions depicting how oral health impacts systemic health. He has served as president of the Society of Ibero Latin Medical Professionals and received a Distinguished Award from the Hispanic American Medical Association.
Eager to share his enthusiasm for learning, Dr. Cordero has lectured on restorative dentistry, materials and gold casting techniques internationally and in the US. He has presented to the new dentists of the World Organization during the FDI Congress in Poland and Spain during the past two years. Tirelessly seeking to better himself so that he can better serve his fellow man, he has earned AGD Fellowship and Mastership status. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and became a Fellow of the American College of Dentists in 2005. In 1998, Dr. Cordero became a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and past president of the Academy of R.V. Tucker Study Clubs (2013) and was named one of 29 mentors of this exclusive academy.
Prior to attending and graduating from Temple University School of Dentistry, Dr. Cordero earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Literature, with a minor in Fine Arts, while also earning a degree in Secondary Education from Bryn Mawr College.
Dr. Cordero was blessed to have found a true partner in life and has been married to his wife Harriet for 43 years. They have four children, three of whom followed his passion into dentistry. His eldest, Maria is the Director of Pediatric Dentistry at Temple University while Rebecca is a faculty member at Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. David has joined his father’s practice and will begin working for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia at the start of the new year. Laura is a Public Policy consultant for Deloitte, taking after her mother in a field of management.
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists, dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. For more information about the AGD, visit, agd.org.
It’s that time of year again where Mastership applications are due. Please remind members that these awards communicate to patients that they are committed to educating themselves on the most current oral health conditions and treatments.
Encourage all members in your program that expect to complete the requirements this year to apply now! In order to receive the Mastership Award in 2018, applications must be received or postmarked no later than Dec. 31, 2017. Below are a few resources that you can share with the group.