2020 Fellowship and Master Awardees:
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know many 2020 award applicants are concerned about attending the Convocation Ceremony, scheduled for July 18, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
AGD is monitoring COVID-19’s movement, assessing the situation locally, nationally and globally and is evaluating its impact on our members and on AGD2020. At this time, AGD is monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and recommendations as they relate to meetings and events.
No changes are currently planned for the scientific session, AGD2020, in Las Vegas, July 15–18. Should circumstances affecting the ability to host AGD2020 change, AGD will communicate next steps to all members and registered attendees.
While we hope that the pandemic will be contained within the next few weeks, the Dental Education Council understands the pandemic will have an effect on our members in both the short and long term. We don’t want COVID-19 to affect your ability to receive the award you’ve worked so hard to earn. As you are aware, the final requirement to receive the award is attendance at a Convocation Ceremony, held during the AGD scientific session. Successful candidates are allowed three years following approval to complete this requirement. In light of the pandemic, the Dental Education Council has approved the following:
|If AGD2020 takes place as planned...||If AGD2020 is cancelled...|
There is a long-standing Board policy that states the Dental Education Council can waive the attendance requirement for a candidate if there are unusual personal or business circumstances resulting from a natural disaster or accident that would make it unreasonable to expect the member to attend the Convocation Ceremony.
If guidance from the CDC and WHO related to meetings and events recommends that AGD2020 be cancelled, all candidates will be approved for their award in absentia.
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