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Obtaining a fellowship is a unique opportunity that Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) offers to dental professionals that include and/or focus their work on special care patients in both community and institutional settings.  Dental Hygienists have always been recognized in SCDA as a crucial part of the team.  Qualifying dental hygienists have the opportunity to be grandfathered into a Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship.  Benefits of holding this fellowship include the ability to have a support network of other dental hygienists that face the many challenges of special care dentistry, opportunities for continuing education specifically for dental hygienists, and access to special care dental resources that have been of value to other dental hygiene fellows.

The Committee of Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship is looking for qualified dental hygienists to be the first to receive a Fellowship.

A “grandfathering” opportunity will be available through 2016.
Qualification includes two parts:
Part I

  1. Practice in a Special Care environment for at least three years
  2. Membership in SCDA for at least five years
  3. Attend at least three SCDA Annual Meetings within the last five years
  4. Complete a minimum of thirty hours of Special Care CE within the last five years.
  5. A letter of recommendation.

Part II

      1.  Currently hold a Fellowship from ADPD.

                                                                                         OR

      2.  Complete a narrative portfolio describing their special care dentistry experience.  (Guidelines for portfolio are available by request)

If you do not currently qualify for grandfathering and, would like to pursue Fellowship, we are planning to offer the first exam in 2017 at the Annual Special Care Dentistry Association Meeting.  To be eligible to apply and take the exam you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Practice in a Special Care environment for at least three years
  2. Membership in SCDA for at least five years
  3. Attend at least three SCDA Annual Meetings within the last five years
  4. Complete a minimum of thirty hours of Special Care CE within the last five years.
  5. A letter of recommendation.



If you have questions or would like more information please contact Betsy White, Special Care Dental Hygiene Fellowship Committee Chair (bwhiterdh@gmail.com) or Kristin Dee, Executive Director, Special Care Dentistry Association (kdee@scdaonline.org).

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