Is the fellowship recognized in the United States? Can I practice there?
The Associate Fellow and Fellow examinations are for credentialed membership in the AAID, not for licensure to practice dentistry in the United States. These prestigious memberships indicate that the dentists voluntarily participated in and passed an examination by their peers during which their knowledge of and proficiency in surgical and prosthetic dental implant treatment were evaluated.
How do I maintain the Associate Fellowship?
To maintain Associate Fellow membership in the AAID, the dentist must pay annual dues. The current annual dues for Associate Fellow and Fellow members are 600 USD, the rate that has been in effect since 1996.
What is the Associate Fellowship Examination Fee?
The application fee for the Associate Fellow examination, which has two parts, is 950 USD. The application fee includes both parts of the examination. Part 1, which is a written examination, may be taken in either a print or computer-based format. The computer-based format is given at Pearson Vue Testing Centers, which are located throughout the world. Both formats are available in the United States and only the computer-based format is available in other countries. After passing Part 1, candidates may apply to take Part 2, which includes an oral examination and the defense of three cases as specified in the Requirements for the Associate Fellow Membership Examination. Part 2 is given in the United States only. Every other year it is given in an International location. Both parts of the examination must be completed successfully within four years after passing the written examination.
When is the Associate Fellowship Oral Examination held?
Part 2 (oral/case) of the examination is given in Chicago, Illinois, USA once a year, usually in late April or early May. The application deadline each year is February 1.
Does attendance at the course assure a participant of the AAID fellowship or Associate Fellowship?
No. The Course only fulfills educational requirements for the AAID Associate Fellowship. These credentials can be gained only by success in the examinations that have to be passed after completing educational requirements.
What is the difference between Associate Fellowship and Fellowship?
An Associate Fellowship is gained after success in the examination following completion of educational requirements stipulating 300 hours of implant dentistry education. In addition, the participant has to fulfill requirements for an oral examination and a case presentation of three cases - a single tooth replacement, a restoration of an edentulous segment of two or more teeth with implants and a completely edentulous case restored with implants. The AAID Fellowship requires additional criteria to be fulfilled including success with another examination, case presentations of several cases and additional educational stipulations. Details are available on the AAID website at www.aaid.com
Does a participant necessarily have to take the Associate Fellowship Examination?
No. A participant may take the MaxiCourse® sheerly to broaden his education in the field of implantology. The Associate Fellowship examination is a must only for those who wish to pursue this credential. Also, one can also take the Associate Fellowship examination at some other point in the future as the educational requirements continue to be fulfilled, unless of course the AAID redefines criteria.
What happens if a participant does not get a Visa to go to United States?
The Course Director along with the AAID, will help every candidate to pursue fulfillment of the requirements for visa grant in an individual case and help the participant as far as possible. Nevertheless, it is the candidate's responsibility to satisfy requirements of the United States Government in this regard.
Is the associate Fellowship or Fellowship recognized in other part of the world?
Yes. In several parts of the world the Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the AAID is an acknowledged credential that represents quality training in implantology and skill in the art and science of implant dentistry. In Abu Dhabi the Maxicourse is recognized by the Health Authorities-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and a unique ID # has been assigned for credits
Who will be the Examiner for the Examination?
The members of the AAID Admissions and Credentials Board, which is appointed by the AAID Board of Trustees, conduct the oral/case examination.