The British Columbia Academy of General Dentistry (BC AGD) is a constituency of
the AGD, a society that has represented dentists throughout Canada and the US
since 1952. The AGD currently boasts approximately 40,000 members
positioning it as the second largest dental body in North America. The BC
provincial branch of the AGD has been in existence since the early 1970s
compliments of the efforts of its founders, Vancouver dentists Drs. Ken Neuman,
the late Mike Balanko and the late John Nasedkin.
AGD has established itself as a leader in protecting the professional
privileges of the general dentist. Most recently, the BC AGD acted on
behalf of its members to oppose the original BC College of Dental Surgeon’s
proposed guidelines on the ‘Practitioner - Patient Boundary Relationship’. As a result of its efforts, and those of
others, dentists in BC have been able to maintain the luxury of their freedom
to treat any individuals as they see fit.
for its advocacy efforts, the AGD is arguably best known for its accreditation process. The Academy provides the opportunity
for a general dentist become accredited and earn either a Fellowship (FAGD) or Mastership
(MAGD). These internationally recognized designations can be achieved by
meeting the AGD's rigorous continuing education (CE) requirements.
assistance of its corporate sponsors, the provincial chapter of the Academy
provides its members with subsidized CE to aid in their pursuit of
credentialization. The BC AGD also endeavours to support the UBC Faculty of Dentistry. The constituency sponsors an annual prize that is awarded to the most improved 4th year dental student and
provides supplemental CE. Dating back to 2012, the Academy has hosted
countless UBC dental students to dozens of free CE events!
Membership in the AGD has tremendous
value. All AGD members are entitled to six free annual clinical dental
webinars. The value of this CE perk alone would significantly exceed the
cost of membership! Through the efforts of its Board and generosity of
its sponsors, the BC AGD has been able to provide its provincial members with a
vast array of exclusive discounts for dental products and services. A
list of available benefits can be found on the BC AGD "news" webpage.
To acquire information on the
2016-2017 BC AGD continuing education schedule, or to register for an upcoming
CE program, please visit www.BCAGDcourses.com.
Social media users can follow the public BC AGD news feed on either www.facebook.com/bcagd or www.twitter.com/bcagd.
Membership in the BC AGD is
conveniently achieved through its online submission process at cst.agd.org
Questions about the BC AGD can be directed to myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paving the way to excellence for more than sixty years, the
AGD has established itself as a leader within the profession and is arguably the
premier organization for general dentistry.
Dr. Matt Illes
BC AGD President
Regional Director AGD Western Canada