TMJ Education

TMJ Education

National and International Section meetings provide all clinicians interested in Neuromuscular Dentistry an opportunity for continuing dental education in the diagnosis, treatment and latest research in the field of NMD.

As the number of practitioners treating Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD) has increased, the Executive Board of ICCMO recognized the need to implement a standardized mechanism to assess competency, insure continuing education, and maintain a high standard among practitioners treating patients with TMD.

The Fellowship Board of Examiners was established to investigate a means to accomplish these goals. It was the conclusion of the Fellowship Board that the establishment of a Fellowship program among members of ICCMO would meet this need.

The first Fellowship awards were conferred in 1986. The major objectives of the Fellowship Program of ICCMO are to provide recognition of an individual for high level of achievement in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and for professional efforts to advance the science of the biophysics and physiology of the head and neck. To learn more about the Fellowship program go to “About Us” and click on “Become a Member” and the Fellowship tab.

ICCMO’s Mastership Program is designed to encourage and reward the scholarship and clinical expertise of those who earn this distinguished credential. The first Masterships were conferred at the International Congress in Banff, Alberta in October, 1993. A Mastership plaque and key have been designed, and the ICCMO academic hood will be worn by those candidates for Mastership at the annual American Section Meeting, and the bi-annual International Congress. Masterships are not conferred in abstentia.

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Fellowships

As the number of practitioners treating Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD) has increased, the Executive Board of ICCMO recognized the need to implement a standardized mechanism to assess competency, insure continuing education, and maintain a high standard among practitioners treating patients with TMD. The Fellowship Board of Examiners was established to investigate a means to accomplish these goals. It was the conclusion of the Fellowship Board that the establishment of a Fellowship program among members of ICCMO would meet this need.

The first Fellowship awards were conferred in 1986. The major objectives of the Fellowship Program of ICCMO are to provide recognition of an individual for high level of achievement in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and for professional efforts to advance the science of the biophysics and physiology of the head and neck. The requirements include that the candidate must be an ICCMO member and must have membership dues up to date. The candidate must successfully pass the Fellowship Written Examination. The exam is offered only during the annual American Section meeting, or bi-annual International Congress. The test is approximately one hour and will consist of 35-50 multiple choice questions.

The practicing DDS/DMD (or equivalent) candidate must submit three complete case histories along with with the Fellowship application. These case histories must be documented with objective data and a post treatment evaluation. In addition, the Fellowship Board of Examiners will accept one of the following criteria as the second part of the Fellowship qualification: Completion of the candidate of 150 hours of continuing education courses (within the past 3 years) related to diagnosis and/or treatment of TMD, biophysics of the head, neck and stomatognathic systems, or Teaching/lecturing for 150 hours on a subject relating to the biophysics and physiology of the craniomandibular system.

Other activities and/or credentials will be considered upon application by the Fellowship Board of Examiners. A Fellowship plaque and key have been designed, and the ICCMO academic hood will be worn by those candidates for Fellowship at the annual American Section Meeting, and the bi-annual International Congress. Fellowships are not conferred in abstentia.

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Masterships

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Masterships

ICCMO’s Mastership Program is designed to encourage and reward the scholarship and clinical expertise of those who earn this distinguished credential. The first Masterships were conferred at the International Congress in Banff, Alberta in October, 1993. A Mastership plaque and key have been designed, and the ICCMO academic hood will be worn by those candidates for Mastership at the annual American Section Meeting, and the bi-annual International Congress. Masterships are not conferred in abstentia. To attain Mastership, interested candidates must first attain Fellowship in the College.

Following Fellowship, the candidate must then successfully pass the Mastership written examination which is given at the annual American Section meeting or bi-annual International Congress. It is highly suggested before you take to mastership exam to attend the tutorial given at the annual meeting. The written examination can be best prepared for by being familiar with the following textbooks: Coy, Richard E., Hickman, David H., Holleman, Sidney, Mazzocco, Michael M. (ed): Anthology of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Vol. 6, 7 and 8. Seattle, WA: Buchman, 2003, 2005, 2007, Jankelson, R: Neuromuscular Dental Diagnosis and Treatment. St. Louis: Ishiyaku EuroAmerica, 1990 Upon successful completion of the exam, the candidate will then submit a thesis proposal for approval, followed by a completed thesis on a subject matter related to the academic interest area of the college. Oral examination follows submission of the thesis and will include questions on the thesis topic. The thesis must be submitted within two years of successful completion of the exam.

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