AGD: For general dentists
Become an AGD leader. Participating in a leadership position within the only organization exclusively dedicated to general dentists’ interests and professional needs is an excellent way to give back to your profession — while gaining incredible leadership skills. Consider using your unique skills at the local or national level to guide the organization, its members or the public.
Engage in AGD by becoming a leader
In an effort to involve more members and identify potential leaders at all levels of the organization, AGD conducts an ongoing leader recruitment process. Leaders serve the AGD by:
- Planning and conducting local continuing education courses,
- Participating as members of constituent and regional board of directors, and
- Serving on a national level in the council and committee structure.
The Call to Leader Engagement offers all AGD members the opportunity to participate in a leadership role. Members who complete the application will be entered into a database. As the national and local leadership prepares to make appointments, we will review all the respondents who indicated interest in the areas where leaders are needed. While in some cases there will be more interested applicants than available positions, every effort will be made to engage those members interested in getting involved. Members will have the opportunity to renew their interest each year.
The following list briefly explains the different types of leadership opportunities from council and committee members to public information officers. AGD needs your leadership skills.
Budget and Finance Committee
Oversee and monitor the AGD’s budget and/or assist your constituent with the budgeting process.
Provide direction on content and delivery mechanisms for member communications. Develop and implement programs that raise public awareness of AGD, its members and general dentistry. Contribute content and technology ideas for AGD’s publications and social media. Inform website development and content. Contribute technology ideas for more seamless communications among AGD Headquarters, AGD members and leaders, nonmember dentists and the public.
Constitution, Bylaws & Judicial Affairs Council
Study and make recommendations to both the Board and the House of Delegates on any proposed change in the Constitution and Bylaws.
Dental Education Council
Oversee the Fellowship and Mastership award programs and recommend and evaluate quality continuing education opportunities.
Dental Practice Council
Monitor all aspects of dental practice, make recommendations for policy development and advocate for members before third-party payers and insurance companies.
Examinations Council and Committees
Review and update the Fellowship Exam Study Guide on an annual basis. Members will review the content outline biannually for the Fellowship Exam and recommend changes in the outline to the Fellowship Exam. Ensure that each new item submitted for inclusion in the item bank is relevant to and consistently categorized in accordance with the examination content outline. Members must hold Fellowship or Mastership status within AGD and have served a minimum of two years on the Fellowship Exam Committees (Team A or B) to be placed on the Examinations Item Bank Committee.
Develop and score the Fellowship Exam annually. In developing the examination, you will ensure that the references accompanying each item of the examination are current and that the exam items adequately represent the Fellowship content outline. Additionally, an adequate pool of items that can be utilized for the Fellowship Exam or Study Guide must be maintained. Members must hold Fellowship or Mastership status within AGD to be placed on this committee.
Credentials and Elections Committee
Research and review evidence of a delegate’s eligibility based on both the constituent and AGD Headquarters qualifications. This position will serve as the teller for elections in the House of Delegates.
Group Benefits Council
Review the AGD Affinity Program providers and non-dues revenue generation, and recommend changes to the Board.
Legislative & Governmental Affairs Council
Lobby legislators and regulatory agencies on AGD policy positions. Write letters and make phone calls to your state legislator and/or federal legislators on behalf of AGD, its members and general dentistry.
Advise the AGD staff on recruitment and retention strategies.
Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) Council
Evaluate the educational processes used in designing, planning and implementing continuing education.
Develop continuing education opportunities through the AGD’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry.
Represent the AGD in the media at a national level as an expert on a variety of oral health topics.
Write articles for the AGD publications.
Represent the AGD at various presentations (schools, health fairs, etc.) or at media interviews as an expert on a variety of oral health topics.
Public Information Officer
Serve as a vital communications link between the AGD and the general public.
AGD Publications Reviewer
Review manuscripts (from five to 20 pages) from the AGD’s clinical, peer-reviewed journal, General Dentistry. Fields of interest include infection control, restorative dentistry, anesthesia and pain control, laser therapy, prosthodontics (fixed and removable), esthetics and dental materials.
Scout for Other CDE Meetings
Provide a scouting report from other CE meetings that you attend. (Attendance is self-funded.)
Other Dental Organization(s) Liaison
Liaise between the AGD and the dental organization(s) of your choice.
Associate Director, Governance
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We look forward to working with you!