George Schmidt , DMD, FAGD, FICOI

Cedar Knolls, NJ

Dr. George J Schmidt is an OKU graduate of the UMDNJ-NJ Dental School where he received his DMD degree. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. In addition to maintaining a highly successful private practice in Northern New Jersey for the past twenty-three years Dr. Schmidt holds a dual appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Department of Diagnostics Sciences at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU College of Dentistry.  He is also on Staff at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark New Jersey. In addition to serving on multiple dental Committees at the University, State and National level Dr. Schmidt currently serves as the Chairman for the AGD National Council for Dental Education, is the President of the RSDM OKU- Omega Omega Dental Society, Vice President of the Rutgers Dental School Alumni Association and is the Immediate Past-President of the New Jersey Academy of General Dentistry. He is passionate about Continuing Dental Education and lectures nationally on Dental Implants, Restorative dentistry, and Practice Management.


AGD Pivots Toward Normalcy with AGD2021 and a Packed Convocation Ceremony

  • by George Schmidt, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
  • Jul 30, 2021, 18:22 PM
The AGD scientific session in Austin was the place to be this year. With over 1,800 on-site attendees, great camaraderie, amazing learning opportunities and a jam-packed Convocation Ceremony, AGD2021 was a smash hit as organized dentistry pivoted toward normalcy. It sure made me proud to be an attendee and an AGD member.

Sitting at the rooftop bar in the Fairmont Hotel as the warm Austin breeze blew, the faint smell of BBQ in the air, I looked out over the city backdrop and shook my head, thinking, “How great is this?” Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, it was really special to get out and see so many friends and colleagues. It had been a long, long time, but what a breath of fresh air it was to see colleagues again!

The highlight of the weekend was the AGD Convocation Ceremony. More than 400 awardees and their families came to Austin to receive some of the most prestigious and well-recognized awards in all of dentistry, the Master and Fellow awards and the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition. It was a special honor to read the charge to the hundreds of awardees at Convocation. Sitting on the dais between my addresses, squinting from the bright lights in my eyes, it was really special to look out over the audience and see the awardees and their proud families as they celebrated these monumental achievements. I can remember my special day as an awardee like it was yesterday, and, each time a recipient came closer to the stage and walked up the stairs to receive his or her award, it brought me back to that day. It was such a proud moment for me, my family and my friends. If you’ve never experienced that feeling, I urge you to pursue your Fellowship — it will change your life.

As the last names were read and we prepared to file out in the recessional, I knew we were marching toward the end of an amazing weekend — one in which so much of the old became new again, one in which we were reminded of the purpose and meaning of organized dentistry, and one that pointed to so much promise in the future. 

It was a weekend none of us wanted to end, but, as with all good things, it had to. At least the memories will live on. I can’t wait until next year as we head to Orlando, where hundreds more of our colleagues will take a step toward the next incredible chapter of their careers as they cross the Convocation stage! I look forward to seeing you there, either in the audience or on stage!
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