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House resolutions address CDEL matters

Honolulu—In addition to House of Delegates actions on dental education and related matters reported in the Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 issues of the ADA News, the House addressed two other issues affecting the Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

Resolution 52, which was referred to CDEL for further study, proposed an amendment to the ADA Bylaws that would add "recognition of nonspecialty interest areas in general dentistry" to the council duties of CDEL. CDEL is directed to review recommendations from the Board of Trustees and present criteria for recognition of nonspecialty interest areas in general dentistry (anesthesiology, oral medicine and oral facial pain, for example) for consideration of the House in 2010.

"This is a positive move," said Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, chair of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

"In the past, the Commission on Dental Accreditation has made decisions regarding accreditation of programs in nonspecialty areas of general dentistry, but CDEL can be helpful to CODA," said Dr. Meyerowitz. "The resolution recognizes that though there are only a few of these programs, nonspecialty areas of general dentistry do exist and in fact are currently being accredited through CODA.

"The accreditation process is to ensure high quality programs for patients and residents in these programs," he continued. "It makes sense that the ADA moves to recognize these areas, and CDEL is the appropriate council to look at this issue to see if the council can be constructive and positive in its comments to CODA."

In the coming months, Dr. Meyerowitz will appoint an ad-hoc committee to study the issue and report back to the council in April 2010.

The 2009 House also approved a measure that amends the ADA Bylaws regarding CDEL's composition. The changes preclude current dental examiners from serving as ADA representatives on the council and specify that every other year, the CDEL chair will be an ADA appointee.

ADA Bylaws previously prohibited members of state dental boards from serving as ADA representatives on CDEL, but the new language, approved in Resolution 58H-2009, also prohibits current dental examiners or members of state or regional testing agencies from service.

CDEL is comprised of eight representatives of the ADA, four from the dental education community (American Dental Education Association) and four from the dental examining community (American Association of Dental Boards). In the past, the chair's position rotated among these three groups.

"The council is a forum for having very diverse, informed discussions through people who have expertise in education, examining and private practice," said Dr. Meyerowitz. "This resolution ensures that the council has a balanced representation and diverse points of interests."

The changes called for in Res. 58H-2009 go into effect in 2010. Those on the council now will be able to finish out their terms.