Any iADH Member who has held their membership for at least three years and can evidence activity in the area of clinical experience and training, education, research/audit and community action related to oral health and disability. This includes dentists from all specialities including general practice and dental public health, allied healthcare professionals including hygienists, nurses, psychologists, speech and language therapists, and a range of professionals within health and social care.
To acknowledge and evidence your expertise, knowledge and action in providing quality care for people with disabilities and disadvantages. We note that many people do not yet have dedicated services, specialities or academic departments established in their country in this emerging area of Special Care Dentistry. We know that many professionals still qualify without every treating people with disabilities and lack the skills or the attitudes to include people with disabilities in their practice. We hope that an iADH fellowship will help people showcase their careers and highlight their service developments and projects and innovations. IADH believes that it is important to provide formal peer recognition of the excellent skills and experience amongst iADH members all over the world.
Yes of course, at IADH we recognise that its important to maintain your professional identity after retirement and we hope that completing the fellowship process may help to document and look back on your carer and enable you to receive peer recognition. We also realise that lots of people retired during the pandemic without a celebration or anything to mark their retirement after many years of service so the fellowship may also help to mark that retirement appropriately. For retired applicants we will ask that retired applicants consider and input their clinical activity as representing typical of their final five working years.
No the fellowship is awarded following expert adjudication and of the fellowship application form with review of evidence provided across five domains. (1) IADH Activity, (2) Clinical Training and Practice, (3) Education and Pedagogy, (4) Research and (5) Community Engagement. Assessment will carried out by two independent reviewers according to a rigorously constructed points based system.
We recognise that the luxury of training in SCD has not been available for many very experienced competent and caring healthcare professionals during their careers. In those cases we offer applicants other ways to evidence their training pathway for example by listing their training in disability whilst studying in other specialities, by their training via clinical attachments or visitations, residencies or via short continuing dental education courses. Some applicants will be required to complete a detailed anonymised clinical log book to detail their clinical activity and scope of practice. This will be requited by the panel following review of the application document.
iADH consider that the sharing of knowledge and expertise is important and there are many ways to educate other healthcare professionals. Therefore there is plenty of opportunity to list your other teaching and mentoring activity, such as talks or presentations at local conferences, to lectures or learning opportunities provided for students or other healthcare professionals. Other examples such as maybe mentoring or supervising junior colleagues interested in the field, or permitting clinical attachments would all score point in this field. If you are not able to provide enough evidence of your teaching activities, and it your only domain which does not reach the level required it is possible to compensate by being outstanding in another of the domains.
We recognise that many people don’t have the opportunity to carry out extensive research. Therefore although those with doctorates or masters and publications will achieve high points in this category, there is also scope for those people who have written book chapters or presented research posters or case studies or audits at conferences which will all gain credits in the research activity domain. However, if you are not able to provide enough evidence of any research or posters or oral presentations at meetings, and it is your only domain which does not reach the level required – then it is possible to compensate for this deficit by being outstanding in another of the domains.
This is a short overview to provide your personal context or philosophies. It is not to repeat what is already listed but for example may include specific barriers you have overcome, or achievements or goals reached that you have been most proud or reflections that define your contribution to the area of disability and oral health during your career thus far. Maximum 300 words.
This is not the end of the process. You will receive feedback and specific information about areas where you need to provide more evidence of activity required to be an iADH fellow. For no extra fee. With this guidance it is hoped that unsuccessful applicants can target their efforts towards a later application. iADH also permits applicants to submit one re-application via a supplemental information form within 2 years if they have increased their scope or activity within the domains where they may not previously met the required standard.
There is a fee of $300 for dentists and there is a reduced fee of $200 for allied healthcare professionals and dentists from developing countries.
No. So long as you remain an IADH member with a valid membership number there is no additional yearly fee for being a fellow of iADH. iADH fellows will need to complete a fellowship renewal form every 8 years to show reasonable continued commitment to iADH activity and/or their own affiliated society.
The fellowship is awarded via a rigorous but transparent process. Each of 5 domains in the application will be marked according to a set points system. In the first two domains of IADH activity and Clinical Experience/Training there has to be good levels of activity shown on the application form. The points required for these first two domains are laid out clearly in the electronic application from. Should these not be reached then the candidate will be unsuccessful. The other three domains of education, research and community engagement will similarly be assessed as providing: little evidence of activity some evidence of activity good evidence of activity outstanding evidence of activity All candidates should aim to provide good level of evidence regarding activity in each domain – but should they fall below the threshold level in one domain then they can compensate by being outstanding in any of the another four domains and their global statement will also be used to provide context.
Evidence of quality, safety and patient experience should be evident in the free text descriptions within each domain, but if there are any gaps which you wish to highlight as being centre to your fellowship application then these may of course be included in your global statement with your supporting evidence.
The 5 domains in both dentist and allied healthcare provider applications are identical However the education and training sections are less prescriptive and are via free text boxes. Also, the oral health promotion and community outreach sections are more detailed and carry a higher weighting due to the scope and breadth of expected activity in this domain for allied healthcare providers.