May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD Announces New Fellowship Program

July 2012 Volume XLVIII Number 4

The term "Fellow" in a professional association refers to a person who has distinguished him/herself, either by publications or contributions to the profession. When an AAPD member becomes board certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as a Diplomate, they are automatically awarded the membership status of Fellow in AAPD. While board certification is a great accomplishment, many members have contacted the AAPD wanting to know what they could do to further their professional distinction in the field of pediatric dentistry.
Starting in 2013, Fellow status will no longer be automatically granted to board-certified pediatric dentists. We are pleased to introduce the new Fellow program that will offer our members an opportunity to further distinguish themselves in the profession. The new program not only stresses education but also involvement in organized dentistry and community.

How to Become a Fellow of AAPD (FAAPD)

Below is an outline of requirements, point system, fees and renewal for the FAAPD program membership. Each FAAPD activity is assessed its own maximum point score to help determine candidates’ acceptance into the program.

Mandatory Requirements

1. Recommendation letters from two current Fellows.
2. Board certification by ABPD.
3. At least five consecutive years of AAPD Active Member Membership.

Point System

A new candidate must earn points in at least 3 out of 4 categories with a maximum of 12 points per category. All Fellows must score 20 points or higher for consideration. Points are assigned to the different accomplishments in these categories so that it is fair and equal for all members. Only activities going back five years from the date of the application will be considered, with the exception of published research articles that can go back up to 10 years. If a candidate serves on more than one council for the same organization or has attended multiple annual meetings, points can be awarded for each activity.

Categories and Point Values

1. Active Membership in AAPD, State or District Unit

• One AAPD State Unit meeting within the last 5 years (1 point)
• One AAPD District Unit meeting within the last 5 years (2 points)
• One annual AAPD meeting within the last 5 years (3 points)
• Serving on a council or committee in a state or district unit (2 points)
• Serving on a council or committee in AAPD (4 points)
• Chair of a council or committee in a state or district unit (4 points)
• Chair of a council or committee in AAPD (6 points)
• State or District Board of Trustee or Executive Committee (6 points)
• AAPD Board of Trustees or Executive Committee (8 points)
• AAPD Editorial Board (4 points)

2. Organized Dentistry

• Leadership in ABPD, COD (4 points officer; 2 points other)
• Leadership roles in ADA, AGD, HDA, AAO, AAE , AAP, etc (4 points officer; 2 points committee/other)
• Board Examiner (NERB) (3 points)
• ABPD Examiner (3 points)
• State Dental Association involvement (1-3 points; committee member – Leadership role)
• Local Dental Society involvement (1-3 points; committee member – Leadership role)

3. Scholarly Activity

• Publishing of articles as the first author (6 points) or co-author (3 points)
• Service as an attending in a hospital (3 points)
• Service as a full-time faculty (4 points) or part-time faculty (2 points)
• Participate in AAPD Journal CE Program (1 point)

4. Community Involvement

• Volunteering at Head-Start Program (2 points)
• Volunteering at health fairs, Give Kids a Smile (2 points)
• Volunteering at a Community Health Center (2 points)
• Serving on a School Board (1 point)
• Dental related mission trip (5 points)

AAPD Fellow Program Membership Fees

First-Time Fellows
One-time membership fee $200
Renewing Fellows
Every five-year membership fee $100

Renewing Fellow Status

Fellows must renew every five years and must attain 15 points to maintain fellow status. Fellows must attain points from two different areas with a maximum of 12 points in each category. Current Fellows will be grandfathered in and will have five years to renew and may use activities going back five years at the time of reapplying.
If a Fellow allows their Fellowship status to lapse, they must apply as a new Fellow and attain 20 points to be considered.
When a member reaches Life Membership and has Fellow Status they no longer need to renew or pay fees and they are permanently a Fellow.
Members becoming board certified in 2012 will receive automatic fellow status and members who are currently Fellows will not need to renew fellow status until 2017.
Please contact Membership and Marketing Director Suzanne Wester for more details regarding this program at