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ADI Awards Definitions and Criteria
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ADI Annual Awards Descriptions and Criteria

The Academy of Dentistry International acknowledges the unique abilities and contributions of many outstanding members of the dental and allied professions each year through the Awards Program.

The awards are presented at the Academy's annual convocation or other international meetings in which the Academy participates. Each recipient is presented with an award, and/or honorary fellowship by the President of the Academy. Photographs of the award recipients and their citation are published in the JADI (Journal of the Academy of Dentistry International.)

Some or all of the Awards are presented each year. Fellows are encouraged to nominate worthy individuals because only through the participation of all fellows can this program be meaningful and reflect the sentiments of the international Academy membership.

Nomination Submission

As a Fellow and a member of the international dental profession, you are in a special position to nominate deserving persons for an award. Many dentists, health-care professionals, community or national leaders and members of the allied manufacturers and trade industry are never recognized in public for their contributions to the human condition. This Academy offers you a venue to recognize them.

The yearly deadline for nominations is March 31; however, nominations are always welcome. Each nomination should include a citation for the specific award intended. A detailed, current biography and curriculum vitae must be attached together with a listing of the individual's publications, awards, honors and other professional accomplishments.  Any supporting letters from other fellows should be included in this nomination package.

Send the entire nomination package to the central office. Be sure to give the full name, address and telephone number of both the nominee and the fellow submitting the nomination.

Individuals chosen to receive an award and/or honorary fellowship will be notified as soon as possible and before next Convocation Awards ceremony.

Honorary Section, Regency or Chapter awards and fellowships may be presented by the individual units of the international Academy. The awarding Section, Regency or Chapter should in general follow the Board of Regents protocol in the selection of award recipients.

International Dentist of the Year ~ Recipients

This award is presented to the dentist who best exemplifies international leadership.

The Award of Distinction ~ Recipients

Presented periodically to individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of Continuing Dental Education.

The Humanitarian Award ~ Recipients

This award is given in recognition of significant contribution to the enhancement of the quality of life and the human condition.

The Hillenbrand Award ~ Recipients

Named for the late Executive Director Emeritus of the American Dental Association, the Hillenbrand Award is presented to a Fellow of the Academy who has demonstrated exceptional devotion to its affairs and the aim of beneficial service to the profession and society.

Honorary Fellowship ~ Recipients 

Individuals who, through eminent service have promoted the advancement of the profession and human welfare, may be nominated by the Awards Committee for election to Honorary Fellowship by the Board of Regents.

Distinguished Fellowship ~ Recipients

This honor may be given an Active, Retired or Life Fellow of the Academy that is being recognized, especially for most notable service and extraordinary contributions, to the Academy, the Dental and Health Care Professions, and outstanding leadership in the enhancement and betterment of his community, nation and mankind.

Terry Tanaka Student Humanitarian Award ~ Recipients

The Terry Tanaka Award was created in honour of Dr. Terry Tanaka, a past president of the Academy. Dr. Tanaka's outstanding and magnanimous contributions to educational and humanitarian projects in local service and internationally in developing countries have been a shining example for the dental fraternity and the Academy. This honor recognizes a Senior Dental Student who best exemplifies the charitable and humanitarian spirit of Dr. Tanaka.  The award is given in recognition of their outstanding exemplary volunteer services during their prior three years in dental school.



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