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Honolulu—The following are resolutions adopted by the 2009 House of Delegates under the Dental Education and Related Matters Reference Committee:

Resolution 4H-2009 rescinds the first resolving clause of Resolution 93H-1992 (Trans.1992:628), Endorsement of Recommendations of the Joint ADA/American Association of Dental Examiners Guidelines for Valid and Reliable Dental Licensure Clinical Examinations and Utilization of the ADA Guidelines for Licensure by Credentials, which reads as follows: "Resolved, that the ADA, in cooperation with other involved agencies, actively endorse and urge all dental licensing jurisdictions to follow the recommendations of the Joint ADA/AADE Guidelines for Valid and Reliable Dental Licensure Clinical Examinations."

Res. 5H-2009 calls for several changes to the ADA's policy "Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists."

In Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties, Res. 5H-2009 amends items 2, 4, 5 and 6, such that the new section reads:

(1) In order for an area to be recognized as a specialty, it must be represented by a sponsoring organization: (a) whose membership is reflective of the special area of dental practice; and (b) that demonstrates the ability to establish a certifying board.

(2) A proposed specialty must be a distinct and well-defined field which requires unique knowledge and skills beyond those commonly possessed by dental school graduates as defined by the predoctoral accreditation standards.

(3) The scope of the proposed specialty requires advanced knowledge and skills that: (a) are separate and distinct from any recognized dental specialty or combination of recognized dental specialties; and (b) cannot be accommodated through minimal modification of a recognized dental specialty or combination of recognized dental specialties.

(4) The specialty applicant must document scientifically, by valid and reliable statistical evidence/studies, that it: (a) actively contributes to new knowledge in the field; (b) actively contributes to professional education; (c) actively contributes to research needs of the profession; and (d) provides oral health services for the public; all of which are currently not being met by general practitioners or dental specialists.

(5) A proposed specialty must directly benefit some aspect of clinical patient care.

(6) Formal advanced education programs of at least two years beyond the predoctoral dental curriculum as defined by the Commission on Dental Accreditation must exist to provide the special knowledge and skills required for practice of the proposed specialty.

Res. 5H-2009 also amends the policy in item 5, Operation of Boards, Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists, such that the new item reads:

(5) Each board shall encourage its diplomates to engage in lifelong learning and continuous quality improvement.

Further, Res. 5H-2009 changes the footnote to item 2, Certification Requirements, Requirements for Recognition for National Certifying Boards, such that the amended item reads: "Candidates for board certification who completed the prescribed length of education for board certification in a program of an institution then listed by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure prior to 1967, and who have announced ethically limitation of practice in one of the recognized dental specialties, are considered educationally qualified."

Finally, Res. 5H-2009 amends item 2, Certification Requirements, Requirements for Recognition of National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists by adding this new paragraph: "Each board may establish an exception to the qualification requirement of completion of an advanced specialty education program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation for the unique candidate who has not met this requirement per se, but can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the certifying board, equivalent advanced specialty education. A certifying board must petition the Council on Dental Education and Licensure for permission to establish such a policy. If granted, the provisions of the certifying board's policy shall be reported to the House of Delegates in the Annual Report of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure."

Res. 50H-2009 calls for the CDEL to study the possibility of joint approval of continuing education courses that have met their individual certification requirements by the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. CDEL is to report its recommendations to the ADA Board of Trustees.

Res. 51H-2009 directs the Board of Trustees and appropriate agencies to investigate the development of a Web-based literature search and access service through the ADA Library. The revenue-generating potential of such a service should be evaluated along with its value as a member benefit, and the Board should report the demand, feasibility, costs and related issues of implementing such a service to the 2010 House of Delegates.

Res. 53H-2009 adds $20,400 in funding to the ADA 2010 budget to support the continuation of the ADA committee to monitor and assist CODA in the implementation of the 2008 ADA Task Force recommendations.

Res. 54H-2009 adds $61,000 in funding to the ADA's 2010 budget to support the Commission on Dental Accreditation's implementation of 2008 ADA Task Force on CODA recommendation No. 23: the use of outside expertise to assess its current communications efforts and assist in the development and implementation of a detailed communications and public relations plan.

Res. 57H-2009 directs the Joint Advisory Committee on International Accreditation and CODA to implement policies and procedures to determine equivalency for Predoctoral Dental Education Standard 1-7 for International Predoctoral Dental Education Programs seeking accreditation. The information used to determine equivalency for Predoctoral Dental Education Standard 1-7 should also be substantiated as a part of the Preliminary Accreditation Consultation Visit.