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There shall be eight (8) categories of membership: Active, Associate, International, Affiliate, Postdoctoral Student, Friend, Life, and Retired.

ACTIVE: An ethical pediatric dentist may be considered for Active membership provided the applicant:

  1. Is actively involved in the exclusive practice and/or research and/or teaching of and/or administration in an educational institution within the geographic confines of the State of Florida.
  2. Meets the educational requirements of the American Dental Association for the announcement of ethical practice in pediatric dentistry.
  3. Is a member of, and maintains membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

ASSOCIATE: This category of membership is available, upon application, to the following individuals:  

  1. Practicing pediatric dentists who meet the educational requirements of the American Dental Association for the announcement of ethical practice in pediatric dentistry, who live in United States, but do not reside within the geographic confines of the State of Florida, or
  2. Is a Diplomat of, or Board Eligible, in one of the specialty areas of dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association other than pediatric dentistry, or

INTERNATIONAL: This category of membership is available as an option for all pediatric dentists who meet the qualifications established for Active membership as outlined in Chapter 1, Section 2 who practice, teach, or do research outside the United States.  

AFFILIATE: Is an ethically announced general practitioner who expresses a desire to treat children as a part of their practice, and whose interests are consistent with the overall mission of this Academy. 

POSTDOCTORAL STUDENT:  A Postdoctoral Student member shall be an individual who:  

  1. Is either a full-time or part-time postdoctoral student enrolled in an educational program in pediatric dentistry that is accredited by the American Dental Association or its foreign equivalent.
  2. Student members shall be exempt from payment of Academy dues.

FRIEND: This category of membership is available, upon application to all other individuals whose interests are consistent with the mission of the Academy.

LIFE: This category of membership is available to Active members who have been members in good standing of the Academy for thirty (30) consecutive years, have reached the age of sixty-five (65) years, continue to fulfill the provisions set forth in Chapter 1, Section 2, and have paid all dues and assessments through the calendar year in which application for Life membership is made. Life members shall be exempt from payment of Academy dues.

RETIRED: This category of membership is available to former ethically announced pediatric dentists who:

  1. Have voluntarily and completely retired from dental practice, teaching, and/or administration,
  2. Are not engaged in part-time practice or employed in a dental administrative or teaching capacity for which remuneration is received.
  3. If previously a member of this academy for a minimum of 15 years, have paid all dues and assessments through the calendar year in which application for Retired membership is made.  Retired members shall be exempt from payment of Academy dues.

Privileges:

ACTIVE and LIFE members shall be eligible to:

  1. Attend all meetings of the Academy
  2. Vote on all issues brought before the membership
  3. Hold office and serve on committees
  4. Receive copies of all general membership communications and publication, including the Academy roster

INTERNATIONAL AND ASSOCIATE members shall be eligible to:

  1. Serve as consultants to committees, but not vote or hold office
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy
  3. Receive copies of all general membership communications and publications, including the Academy roster

STUDENT members shall be eligible to:

  1. Serve as consultants to committees, but not vote or hold office
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy
  3. Receive copies of all general membership communications and publication, including the Academy roster

RETIRED members shall be eligible to:

  1. Serve as consultants to committees, but not vote or hold office
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy
  3. Receive at no fee copies of all general membership communications and may receive other publications and roster on a fee per item basis as determined by the Board of Directors

AFFILIATE members shall be eligible to:

  1. Serve as consultants to committees, but not vote or hold office.
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy.
  3. Receive copies of all general membership communications and publications.

HONORARY members shall be eligible to:

  1. Serve as consultants to committees, but not vote or hold office
  2. Attend all meetings of the Academy
  3. Receive copies of all general membership communications and publication, including the Academy roster.

Application Procedure:

  1. Applications for all categories of membership shall be submitted to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  2. The appropriate dues and application fees for the category of membership for the current fiscal year shall become payable with the application for membership and shall be paid to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Upon notification of annual dues payment, the member will have an opportunity to join the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry through payment of the appropriate dues for the state component according to their category of membership.
  3. Upon receipt of the application for membership the Executive Director shall review the applicant’s qualifications to assure that they conform to the respective requirements for membership as set forth in this Chapter.
  4. Applications for all membership categories and all recommendations for HONORARY membership shall be delivered to the Membership and Credentials Committee for appraisal and action. Applications for all categories of membership except HONORARY shall be granted provisional membership upon satisfactory completion of the application. This membership shall become final following an affirmative vote of a majority of the Board of Directors voting at any scheduled meeting of the Board. The Board may vote on applications for HONORARY membership at any scheduled meeting of the Board.
  5. STUDENT membership will be granted following the completion of the application, and recommendation of the Membership and Credentials committee.
  6. Each new member shall be furnished a copy of the Academy Constitution and Bylaws.