What Is a Diplomate?
A Diplomate or Board Certified periodontist is one who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty and who is certified by the American Board of Periodontology. Board certified periodontists are required to take significant hours of continuing education yearly and are recertified every 3 years.
To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires:
- Certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school to earn the D.D.S. or D.M.D. degree and;
- Certification as a periodontist after at least 3 years of postdoctoral study in an ADA approved program. This period of study is concentrated on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.
In addition to the educational requirements, Board certification requires:
- Comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants.
- Presentation of detailed reports on a broad range of actual treatment personally provided by the periodontist.
What Does "Board Eligible" Mean?
Board Eligibility is a term that is no longer used and applied to candidates who have successfully completed the Written Examination. If a periodontist is not Board Certified that are now called Educationally Qualified.
Dr. Alan Fetner was certified in 1989, Dr. Hartigan in 1995, and Dr. Michael Fetner in 2014. Due to changes in the format of the board examination, Dr. Alex Fetner will not take the certification exam until 2019.