Title: Section 506.1 - Qualifications of dentists.

Section 506.1 Qualifications of dentists. (a) General qualifications of dentists. Dentists shall be licensed and currently registered by the New York State Education Department, or, if in practice in another state, by the appropriate agency of that state and shall meet the qualifications of a general practitioner or of a specialist.

(b) Qualifications of general practitioner. A general practitioner is a dentist who:

(1) is a member of the active or attending staff at a hospital holding a valid operating certificate from the New York State Department of Health;

(2) is a member in good standing of the Academy of General Dentistry; or

(3) has given satisfactory evidence of completion of a total of 75 hours of continuation education over a three-year period based on standards approved by the State Commissioner of Health in accordance with the following:

(i) Not less than 25 hours of the 75 hours required shall be attendance at planned instruction which shall include one or more of the following:

(a) courses conducted by a dental school; or

(b) planned continuation education preceptorships or similar practical training approved on an individual basis by the Dental Society of the State of New York, jointly with the Health Manpower Group of the State Department of Health;

(c) for not more than 10 hours' credit in any given year, preparation and/or presentation of acceptable scientific exhibits or papers evaluated by the Dental Society of the State of New York, jointly with the Health Manpower Group of the State Department of Health; or

(d) continuation education approved for this purpose by the Dental Society of the State of New York, jointly with the Health Manpower Group of the State Department of Health;

(ii) The remaining 50 hours of continuation education shall be satisfied by attaining credit on an hour-for-hour basis for attendance at specific scientific meetings, such as the following:

(a) attendance at meetings of dental groups, such as local, State or national, including but not limited to dental study clubs, county dental societies, academies of dentistry, academies of general dentistry, district and State dental societies, specialty dental meetings and meetings of the American Dental Association;

(b) attendance at scientific programs, hospital staff meetings or similar meetings;

(c) teaching responsibilities in a teaching hospital or in a dental school, a nursing school or other accredited school which teaches some branch of the health services;

(d) other continuation education activities accepted by the Health Manpower Group of the State Department of Health jointly with the Dental Society of the State of New York, as meeting these requirements.

(iii) Dentists not possessing the continuation education qualifications required by this paragraph shall be given three years from a date to be determined by the State Commissioner of Health to meet such qualifications.

(iv) In extenuating circumstances involving personal or family illness or disability, health emergencies or epidemics in the community endangering the public health, or unavailability of adequate dental coverage through other sources, the above requirements may be waived for any individual dentist at the discretion of the State Commissioner of Health.

(c) Qualifications of specialists. A specialist is one who is:

(1) a diplomate of the appropriate American Board;

(2) is listed as a specialist in the American Dental Directory of the American Dental Association section on "character of practice"; or

(3) is listed as a specialist on the roster of approved dental specialists of the New York State Department of Health.

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