William Robert Allen DDS MAGD
What does “MAGD” stand for after Dr. Allen’s name?
Dr. Allen is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), the only organization of general dentists who are dedicated to professional development and continuing education. All AGD members must remain current with advances in the profession to provide quality patient treatment. A dentist who has earned the designation "Master" of the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD) has completed a structured and rigorous set of requirements involving all the dental disciplines.
Masters have accepted the charge to keep abreast of advances in dentistry for the benefit of patients and the betterment of dentistry, to remain current with what is new in dentistry, and to incorporate the latest techniques into their practices. They serve as mentors, teachers and leaders to other dentists pursuing continuing dental education. Masters set the example in their communities through their excellence, concern, and involvement in dentistry.
What is the requirement for Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD)?
To attain Mastership, members must first be a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry. They must pass a comprehensive 400-question examination, earn 1100 approved continuing education credits of which 400 hours are hands-on courses, and meet special requirements of every dental specialty. Thus, a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry has completed studies in all16 disciplines in dentistry, such as periodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery and implants.
What's special about a dentist who has an award from the Academy of General Dentistry?
Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry follow a lifelong pursuit of continuing education to provide the highest quality of dental care to patients. The award symbolizes the professional responsibility of general dentists to remain current in their profession and reminds each member of the dental profession to continue to learn new techniques for their dental practice. Every dentist who has applied for Mastership award has had their application comprehensively reviewed by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the Academy of General Dentistry are met. Very few dentists even try to apply.
How many dentists have achieved Mastership?
To date, of the 131,000 members of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1,109 dentists have been designated a Master. That is only one in 121 dentists have become Masters of the Academy of General Dentistry.