Enthusiasm for the dental office management profession was palpable during the American Association of Dental Office Management’s 15th annual conference, held July 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. The conference drew a sold-out crowd of more than 1,000 dental managers who flocked to the event for educational opportunities, career inspiration, camaraderie and more.

During the conference, AADOM celebrated the 2019 class of Fellows on Friday night, July 19, when 81 new Fellows were inducted — the largest Fellowship class to date.

“It was an honor to be recognized with many of the best office managers in the nation,” says Regina Adame, FAADOM.

Each year, AADOM’s prestigious cap-and-gown induction ceremony celebrates the effort and dedication of the incoming AADOM Fellows. Fellows took to the stage in their caps and gowns and were recognized as their names were called by DANB and DALE Foundation Executive Director Cynthia Durley, M.Ed., MBA, and former DALE Foundation Trustee Teresa Duncan, FAADOM.

Among the requirements to achieve AADOM Fellowship is completing 31 AADOM-approved CE hours — including the DALE Foundation’s dental office management courses: Accounts Receivable for the Dental Office, HR Fundamentals for the Dental Office, and Financial Reporting for the Dental Office.

“Earning AADOM Fellowship is a remarkable achievement,” says Heather Colicchio, AADOM Founder and President. “It demonstrates the commitment that a dental practice manager has made to advancing their education, increasing their professional involvement and prioritizing their career development.”

Kathleen Kendall, FAADOM, says being recognized onstage was a meaningful experience. “My colleagues drove four hours to see my induction ceremony — and that felt great,” she shares. “The ceremony meant a lot, but not nearly as much as knowing that I have an amazing team cheering me on.”

While those who hold Fellowship demonstrate a commitment to continued learning, Kathleen acknowledges the journey has just begun. Fellows must accrue 12 CE credits every year following induction to maintain Fellowship status. “I am excited to continue my educational pursuits,” she notes. “I still have work to do!”

Kathleen believes AADOM’s pathway for earning and maintaining Fellowship has been, and will be, helpful for her career. “As a dental office manager, having a set of courses and an actual training route to follow is a huge help,” she says, adding that “every office manager needs to take the DALE Foundation’s courses, whether they’re pursuing Fellowship or not.”

Regina also recommends the DALE Foundation’s courses for all dental office managers: “They not only helped me to meet the education requirements needed to earn Fellowship, but also fed the hunger I had for education in dental administration.”


Apply for Fellowship

AADOM is now accepting applications for the 2020 class of Fellows. For more information, visit www.dentalmanagers.com/fellowship.