Fellow Examination

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The Fellow examination is only given in English.  If needed, an interpreter will be permitted for the oral/case examination. The interpreters will be supplied by the AAID, with the applicant being responsible for the cost of this service.  The fee for translation services will be based on the prevailing rate at the time of the examination and must be paid at least 30 days before the examination date.

Each Fellow candidate must have completed dental implant treatment of at least fifty (50) arches.  Each case must be on a different patient and must be complete with the final prosthesis in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. From these fifty (50) cases, the candidate must submit ten (10) cases for in-depth discussion with the examiners. The candidate must have performed both the surgical and prosthetic treatment for each of these ten cases.   

The submitted reports become the property of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and will not be returned.


Applying for the Examination

Applications must be received in the AAID Headquarters Office by February 1, either by mail, email or fax.  The application fee of $1,085 must be included with the application unless the applicant has opted to take the Fellow examination instead of Part 2 of the Associate Fellow examination.  In that case, the $250 application processing fee is required with the Fellow application.  The fee to retake the Fellow examination is $400. Fees are nonrefundable.  All payments must be in U.S. dollars.

Candidates must list the cases that they will present for examination in their application for the oral/case examination. From the fifty (50) cases, the candidate must choose ten (10) cases for in-depth discussion with the examiners. The candidate must have performed both the surgical and prosthetic treatment for each of these ten cases.  For the other forty (40) cases, the following must be listed in the application:  patient name, current address and telephone number.  Each case must be on a different patient and must be complete with the final prosthesis in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. 

APPLICATION FOR FELLOW MEMBERSHIP

Applications can be submitted by email to credentialing@aaid.com or by mail to American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 211 E. Chicago Avenue, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60611.  All payments must be in U.S. dollars; make checks payable to the AAID.  

When applications for the examination are received in the Headquarters Office, each candidate is issued an examination number.  Candidates use their assigned number to identify all materials submitted for the examination. Case reports are due in the Headquarters Office 45 days before the examination period begins.  Applicants will be notified of the specific date and time of their examinations after their case reports are received in the Headquarters Office.

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What happens at the Fellow examination? 

For the Fellow examination, candidates review a written description, a panograph and a photograph for five (5) standardized cases and then respond to questions related to treatment of the case.  Fellow candidates must demonstrate in-depth, advanced knowledge of all phases of implant dentistry.

Each candidate must submit and present ten (10) cases on ten (10) different patients for in-depth discussion with the examiners. The case examination is based on the 10 cases submitted by the candidate and follows a case presentation and discussion format.

On the examination day, the candidate's appointment for examination will be approximately 3 hours. Notifications of the specific appointment date and time are not distributed until after the case report submission deadline.  

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Case Requirements

Each Fellow candidate must submit and present ten (10) cases on ten (10) different patients for presentation to the examiners. The candidate must have provided surgical and/or restorative treatment for each of the submitted cases. 

  • The cases presented for the examination must include implants that are at least 3 mm in diameter.
  • Each case must be on a different patient.
  • Each case must be complete with the final prosthesis of the candidate's choice.
  • The case must be in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. Function is measured from the date of the final prosthesis to the first day of the examination period.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT CASES OF LESS THAN ONE YEAR IN FUNCTION FROM DATE OF THE FINAL PROSTHESIS DELIVERY.

The ten (10) cases for presentation at examination must meet the following criteria:

  • Three (3) complete arch cases on edentulous arches, one (1) of which demonstrates a totally implant-supported (no soft tissue support) prosthesis for a patient with severe atrophy. If root-form or plate-form implants are used, the case must include a minimum of four (4) implants. A transosteal implant must have four (4) permucosal sites to qualify as a full-arch case.  The intramucosal insert, endosteal bone pin or augmentation modalities are not acceptable for the edentulous arch case requirement.
  • One (1) bilateral (Kennedy Class I) or unilateral (Kennedy Class II) edentulous posterior maxilla, replaced with two (2) or more root-form implants without teeth between the implants.
  • Two (2) cases that show management of bone deficiencies.
  • The remaining four (4) cases are of the candidate’s choice.

Three (3) of the ten (10) cases must have been completed within one year of the examination date (i.e. 12 months – 23 months) and seven (7) of the ten (10) cases must have been in function for at least two (2) years by the examination date (i.e. 24 months or more).

 Beginning with the 2018 examinations, the case requirements are changing for  the photographs required for each case type.

 2018/2019 Case Report Resources

Failure to comply with these case report guidelines, including the radiographs, photographs and medical histories, will greatly affect the candidate's case report score.

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Making false statements on the application or during the oral examination is immediate grounds for permanent rejection of a candidate’s application or revocation of membership after membership is granted.