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candidate regarding the requirement of completion of training in an accredited program for the specialty as certified by the dental specialty’s certifying board. Such exemptions would be petitioned to the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) and reported to the House of Delegates in the annual CDEL report. Resolution 26s1 addressed developing a Part Three of the national boards to eventually eliminate live patients from the examination process. This is a stated goal of the ADA and will allow further investigation into the development of such an examination. Resolution 50 would allow for the CDEL to study the possibility of joint approval of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for approved continuing education courses. Resolutions 56 & 56B & RC would allow for the development of an examination to evaluate the competency of dental school seniors as a quantitative score to be used by post doctoral graduate programs admission evaluations. This has been found to be necessary since national board scores will be pass / fail. The development of such a test will be funded by interested specialty boards. Resolution 58RC was passed regarding changing the composition of the CDEL to include members of ADA (especially those not presently involved in the examining community), American Association of Dental Examiners, and American Dental Education Association.

Legal and Legislative Reference Committee GDA Representatives: Drs. Tom Field (summary author), Jack Bickford, Henry Cook, Kent Percy, and Richard Weinman There were 18 resolutions presented to our committee. Three resolutions (33, 34, and 35) related to student loans and loan contracts. They were referred back to committee to consider cost and


procedure and are to be brought back to the 2010 House of Delegates. Resolutions 10, 39, 40 and 82 were associated with professionalism in dentistry and the code of conduct. All passed. Two resolutions (6 and 65) were statements of patient and dentist rights and responsibilities. Both passed after minor changes. Three resolutions (15, 16, and 170) touched on the House of Delegates quorum and calling special sessions. They were referred to committee to evaluate and report back next year. The most significant resolution from your Delegation’s point of view was Resolution 60 (put forth by the Fifth District) regarding what national health care reform should and should not include. After significant discussion at the Reference Committee level and debate at the House of Delegates, the resolution passed with only one no vote. The resolution states that in addition to the existing policy of the

association, the ADA shall also advocate that any health care reform proposal: 1. Maintains the private health care system; 2. Should increase opportunities for individuals to obtain health insurance coverage in all U.S. jurisdictions; 3. Assures that insurance coverage is affordable, portable and available without regard to preexisting health conditions; 4. Develops prevention strategies that encourage individuals to accept responsibility for maintaining their health and which may reduce costs to the health care system; 5. Be funded in a sustainable, budget neutral manner that does not include a tax on health care delivery;

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