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Special Care Dentistry Association Offers Fellowship

The Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)—an international organization of oral health professionals dedicated to promoting oral health and well-being for people with special needs—offers a Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship Program for dental hygienists who work with patients who have special needs in both community and institutional settings.

The Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)—an international organization of oral health professionals dedicated to promoting oral health and well-being for people with special needs—offers a Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship Program for dental hygienists who work with patients who have special needs in both community and institutional settings. The SCDA has always recognized the important role dental hygienists play on the dental team. The fellowship program provides dental hygienists with a support network of colleagues who are familiar with the common challenges in providing special care dentistry, opportunities for continuing education, and access to special care dental resources.

Special Care Dentistry fellows
Past Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellows (from left to right): Betsy White, RDH, BS; Linda Brookman, RDH, BSDH, MSHS; Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, RDH, PhD; and Denise Frances, DMD, who accepted the fellowship award for Karen Fallone, RDH.

Fellowship applications are due 6 weeks prior to the Special Care Dentistry Association Annual Meeting, scheduled for April 12 to 14, 2019, in Atlanta. To qualify for the fellowship program dental hygienists must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Practice in a special care environment for at least 3 years.
  2. Maintained membership in SCDA for at least 5 years.
  3. Attend at least three SCDA annual meetings within the past 5 years.
  4. Complete a minimum of 30 hours of special care continuing education within the past 5 years.
  5. Provide a letter of recommendation from a SCDA member in good standing.
  6. Currently hold a fellowship from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.

OR

Complete a narrative portfolio describing his or her special care dentistry experience.

Visit scdaonline.org/page/HygieneFellowship for more information.

 

 

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. January 2019;17(1):11.

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