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On Saturday, July 11, 2009, Dr. James T. Aris of Wilton Center Family Dentistry received the prestigious Fellowship Award during the convocation ceremony of the Academy of General Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Aris is a 1987 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Dental School where he received his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry and was also president of the Endodontics Club. He is also an alumnus of Drew University where he was a member of the Biological Honor Society. “I feel fortunate to work and live in such a vibrant community with great patients and friends!” says Dr. Aris “Receiving this fellowship is an honor that confirms my commitment to staying current with the latest techniques and education in dentistry to serve my patients.”

Dr. Aris is committed to life-long learning, and is one of the founders of the Wilton Dental Study Group launched 15 years ago. In addition, he attends continuing education courses on a regular basis. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Connecticut State Dental Society, Academy of General Dentists, and past president of the Greater Norwalk Dental Society. He is also listed in Global Register’s Who’s Who in Executive and Professionals.

To earn a Fellowship Award, a dentist must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing dental education credits and pass a comprehensive 400 question examination. A dentist must also be an Academy of General Dentistry member for five continuous years. While attaining Fellowship is a challenge, it allows dentists to remain current with what is new in dentistry, and to incorporate the latest techniques into their practices. When a dentist has achieved the Fellowship Award, you can be assured that they are dedicated to providing the finest care in general dentistry.

Dr. Aris and his wife, Pamela, have two sons, Theo and Andy, and reside in Redding, CT. Animal lovers, they have two pugs, a cat and fish. Mrs. Aris received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University, and also attended Sarah Lawrence College for creative writing.

What does FAGD stand for after a dentist’s name?
On Saturday, July 11, 2009, Dr. James Aris attained the distinct honor of Fellow from the Academy of General Dentists. A general dentist who is a “Fellow” in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and an example to other dentists of the importance of quality continuing dental education to patient care. Fellows have accepted the charge to keep abreast of advances in dentistry for the benefit of patients and the betterment of dentistry. They serve as mentors and leaders to other dentists pursuing continuing dental education. They set examples in their communities with their hard work, concern and involvement.

What are the steps to Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry?
To earn a Fellowship Award, your dentist must earn a minimum of 500 approved continuing dental education credits and pass a comprehensive 400 question examination. A dentist must also be an Academy of General Dentistry member for five continuous years. While attaining Fellowship is a challenge, it allows dentists to remain current with what is new in dentistry, and to incorporate the latest techniques into their practices.

What’s special about a dentist who has an award from the Academy of General Dentistry?
Fellows of the Academy of General Dentistry continue in 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. These are awards, however, and should not be confused with post-graduate degrees or certification. Every dentist who applies for the Fellowship award has their application reviewed by the AGD Council on Dental Education to assure that the high standards of the Academy of General Dentistry are met.

How many dentists have achieved Fellowship?
To date, approximately 10,000 members of the Academy of General Dentistry have become Fellows. The academy is very proud of all of its members who must take at least 75 hours of continuing dental education every three years, and especially proud of its members who have made the commitment to pursue these awards. When a dentist has achieved the Fellowship Award, you can be assured that they are dedicated to providing the finest care in general dentistry.

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