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The College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is the specialty organization that represents Board Certified Pediatric Dentists in their on-going and life-long pursuit of “supporting board-certified pediatric dentists’ lifelong commitment to excellence and optimal oral health care for children".

The objectives of the College of Diplomates (COD) are to:
• Encourage the advancement of the science and practice of pediatric dentistry through mutual expert cooperation and study of topic areas critical to the quality oral health care of children
• Promote fellowship and collegiality among active Diplomates of the College through the provision of quality continuing education and networking opportunities
• Provide a source of effective representation for those individuals who are already Board Certified within the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry
• Support the objectives of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
• Encourage and mentor aspiring pediatric dentist candidates in the ABPD process

Beyond networking opportunities available to members through our interactive website, the venues for enhancing the educational activities of COD members are our Spring Study Club: Renewal of Sedation Certification (SimMan) with optional PALS re-certification course, our Annual Meeting & Symposium, and our Fall Study Club series. All of these programs are made possible by the generous support of the Foundation of the College of Diplomates of The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

New this year, the Spring Study Club is a topic highly requested by the membership- Practice Leadership & Developing Your Office Culture.  This Diplomate only, small group attendance course will be presented by Dr. Susan Salgado next April 4-6, 2019 in New York City. 

Held in conjunction with our annual business meeting at the May meeting of the AAPD, our recent C.E. Symposiums have included lectures from recognized medical experts on obesity in children, management of children with ADHD and OCD disorders, the use of NAM in cleft lip and palate patients, pediatric cardiology, and the anthropologic perils of being bipedal. The 2019 Annual Meeting & Symposium in Chicago, IL on Saturday, May 25th will address the topic of Child Abuse and Forensic Dentistry with Dr. Thomas David.

The popular Fall Study Club series provides a unique opportunity for Diplomates to learn in a small group format. Led by recognized experts addressing targeted topics critical to maintaining excellence in the specialty, these programs are held in October at resort-type locales. Past seminars have been led by Dr. Suzi Seale on contemporary approaches to pulp therapy (2009-Charleston, SC), Dr. Dennis McTigue on management of traumatic injuries (2010-Sonoma, CA), Dr. Ron Bell on orthodontic management of the developing occlusion (2011-Newberg, OR), Dr. Bill Waggoner on esthetic restorations for pediatric patients (2012-Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), Dr. Martha Ann Keels on ”Eureka Moments in Pediatric Dentistry” (2013 Sarasota, FL), Dr. Joel Berg on the continuum of caries management (2014-Newberg, OR), Dr. Juan Yepes on oral medicine and oral radiology (2015-New Orleans), Dr. Nestor Cohenca on dental trauma and treatment advances (2016-Santa Fe, NM) and Dr. Jeffrey A. Dean on the continuum of orthodontics with a sharp focus on preventive, interceptive and early orthodontics (2017-Newport, RI). The 2018 Fall Study Club will be held at The Lodge at Sonoma Resort and Spa in Sonoma, CA over the dates of October 26-27th. Barbara Sheller, DDS, MSD will be speaking on Reconsidering Behavior Management in Pediatric Dentistry. Lectures are held in the mornings with afternoons free for relaxation and networking opportunities.

The COD looks forward to better serving all of our members, improving collegiality, communication and networking among our members, and fulfilling our mission to "support board-certified pediatric dentists’ lifelong commitment to excellence and optimal oral health care for children".

We hope you will make time in your busy schedule to join your colleagues each year at our Annual Meeting and Symposium in May and then to relax and recharge at our small group Study Clubs each Fall and Spring. We realize you have many choices for continuing education, but hope you will consider the unique level of collegiality and opportunity for life-long learning offered by the College of Diplomates.