THE IAOMT ACCREDITATION PROCESS
Become a leader in biological dentistry
What is IAOMT accreditation?
Accreditation by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology certifies to the professional community and the general public that you have been trained and tested in the comprehensive application of biological dentistry, including current methods for safe removal of dental amalgam.
IAOMT accreditation establishes you at the forefront of biological dentistry and demonstrates your commitment to furthering your knowledge of dentistry’s undeniable role in systemic health.
Why is IAOMT accreditation important?
Now more than ever, taking action to promote your understanding of biological dentistry is essential. In 2013, over 100 countries signed a United Nations mercury treaty, part of which includes a global phase-down of dental amalgam. Meanwhile, more and more news articles and even television shows such as Dr. Oz have featured segments about the risks of mercury fillings.
What this means is that there is a growing demand for “qualified” or “specially trained” biological dentists because patients and other medical professionals are purposefully seeking out dentists who have expertise in this pertinent issue.
By furthering your education with IAOMT’s accreditation process, you will have the necessary foundation to become a leader in biological dentistry, as you help your patients with the most up-to-date and scientifically-based practices.
What are the requirements for IAOMT Accreditation?
- Active membership in IAOMT.
- Enrollment fee of $1000.00 (U.S.). Paid in full, or two payments of $500.
- Attendance at a minimum of two IAOMT meetings and the Fundamentals of Biological Dentistry course.
- Successful completion of a ten unit course on biological dentistry, including units on mercury, safe mercury amalgam removal, fluoride, biological periodontal therapy, hidden pathogens in jawbone and root canals, and more. This course involves an e-learning core curriculum, ten videos, over 50 scientific and medical research articles, and ten tests. To view the accreditation description by unit, click here.
- Oral presentation of a basic amalgam replacement case, from examination to completion with focus on proper patient protection for optimal safety from unnecessary exposure. Proper operatory environment for limiting occupational exposure to personnel. The case presentation can be done in person at a meeting, or online via Go-To-Meeting.
Levels of IAOMT Certification:
Accredited–(AIAOMT): The Accredited member has successfully completed a ten unit course on biological dentistry, including units on mercury, safe mercury amalgam removal, fluoride, biological periodontal therapy, hidden pathogens in jawbone and root canals, and more. This course involves examination of over 50 scientific and medical research articles, participation in an e-learning component of the curriculum which includes ten videos, and demonstration of mastery on ten detailed unit tests. An Accredited member is a member who has also completed the Fundamentals of Biological Dentistry Course and who has attended at least two IAOMT meetings, as well as passed an oral interview exam for safe amalgam removal. Note that the Accredited member may or may not be SMART certified and may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Fellowship or Mastership. To view the accreditation course description by unit, click here.
Fellow–(FIAOMT): A Fellow is a member who has achieved Accreditation and who has submitted one scientific review that has been approved by the Scientific Review Committee. A Fellow has also completed an additional 500 hours of credit in research, education, and/or service beyond that of an Accredited member.
Master–(MIAOMT): A Master is a member who has achieved Accreditation and Fellowship and who has completed 500 hours of credit in research, education, and/or service (in addition to the 500 hours for Fellowship, for a total of 1,000 hours). A Master has also submitted a scientific review that has been approved by the Scientific Review Committee (in addition to the scientific review for Fellowship, for a total of two scientific reviews).
SMART Member: A SMART certified member has successfully completed a course on mercury and safe dental mercury amalgam removal, including two units consisting of scientific readings, online learning videos, and tests. The crux of this essential course on the IAOMT’s Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) involves learning about the rigorous safety measures and equipment for reducing exposures to mercury releases during the removal of amalgam fillings. To learn more about becoming certified in the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, click here. A SMART certified member may or may not have achieved a higher level of certification such as Accreditation, Fellowship, or Mastership.