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Letters: CODA accreditation

October 03, 2019

As the author (along with the 13th District delegation) of the House of Delegates resolution that got the process started for [Commission on Dental Accreditation] international accreditation in 2001, I was pleased to read the article “Saudia Arabia Predoctoral Dental Program Receives First International CODA Accreditation” in the Sept. 2 ADA News.

Although it was a long and circuitous process, the first — I would hope of many — international program is now CODA-accredited. The effort from the beginning was to raise standards, not lower them, to remove an unnecessary barrier to mobility of dentists across borders. As the article stated, educational accreditation is just one part of the process for an international graduate’s application for licensure.

Immigration requirements are national, and other criteria to protect the public are set by the states.

Thanks to ADA delegates over the years and to CODA for reaching this milestone, which, by removing a barrier for international dental graduates, may help improve the diversity and cultural competency of dentists while maintaining high educational standards.

Harriet Seldin, D.M.D.
San Diego