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Mission & Vision

Mission

The American College of Prosthodontists empowers member success, promotes education, research, and clinical practice of prosthodontics, and drives continuous improvement in the restoration of teeth and orofacial structures to enhance oral health outcomes.

Vision

Everyone can enjoy the confidence, fullness of life, and overall well-being that comes from a healthy mouth and an attractive smile.

The ACP has more than 3,900 members and affiliates internationally including prosthodontists, dental technicians, dental students and specialty residents, and other dental professionals who have made significant contributions to the specialty.

Purpose

Founded in 1970, the American College of Prosthodontists is a not-for-profit organization created to represent the needs and interests of prosthodontists within organized dentistry, and to the public, by providing opportunities for dialogue, education, advancement, and improvement through meetings, continuing education, communications, publications, and other programs and activities.

The National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards recognizes prosthodontics as a dental specialty. The ACP is the only prosthodontic specialty association where membership is based solely on education credentials. ACP members must be in or have completed an advanced education program in prosthodontics that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Representing a unified voice for the specialty, the ACP regularly communicates and interacts with the American Dental Association, Council on Dental Education and Licensure, and CODA, as well as other dental specialty organizations to discuss, support, and influence key issues impacting the specialty and the future of prosthodontic education.

The College supports three affiliated organizations that work together to advance the prosthodontic specialty: the ACP Education Foundation, the American Board of Prosthodontics, and the Prosthodontic Forum.

2019-21 Strategic Plan

The College and the ACP Education Foundation are aligned in a strategic plan to shape the future of the specialty.

These are the strategic priorities:

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INCREASE MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

All existing and inactive sections are active and engaged, providing members with clearly communicated opportunities to become involved in regional section activity and pathways to leadership. Where feasible, all states have an active functioning section, and in states in which it is not possible to have a section, members are supported to use new activity resources and find ways to engage even without a formal local section.

ENHANCE QUALITY OF CARE TO IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES

An increased percentage of members are taking advantage of best-in-class training, which provides resources and support, to stay on the cutting edge of best prosthodontic practices, to better utilize current and emerging technological advances (including digital dentistry) and improve practice management skills to more effectively treat patients and improve health outcomes.

CREATE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The College has launched a formal leadership development program to enhance members’ leadership skills, making them more effective and impactful leaders in their personal and professional lives.

POSITION THE SPECIALTY AS A LEADER

Prosthodontics is recognized by key stakeholders (including other specialties, general dentists, healthcare organizations, corporate partners, governing bodies, and the general public) as a valued partner, leader, and go-to resource in delivering high-quality patient oral health outcomes, advancing technological and procedural innovations, and driving improvements in the standards of care in dentistry.

MAINTAIN ORGANIZATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND VIABILITY

The College is financially and operationally sound, leveraging opportunities to diversify funding, increase revenue, monetize thought leadership and strengthen human capital to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the organization.

What to look for in 2020:

INCREASE MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Print and interactive digital recourses that show how to get involved in your areas of interest. Enhanced resources for starting and improving sections.

ENHANCE QUALITY OF CARE TO IMPROVE PATIENT OUTCOMES
Another Practice Management Course to reach more private practitioners and clinicians, and an exclusive on-demand product on financial literacy.

CREATE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The first Section Officers Workshop in January, which will prepare state, local, and aspiring young leaders at the national level. Also a new mentoring program, with a pilot program launching in 2020.

POSITION THE SPECIALTY AS A LEADER
There will be more news about advocacy, specialty recognition, and other areas that affect you within organized dentistry. There will also be a new edition of the Parameters of Care and the continued growth of the Digital Dentistry Curriculum.

MAINTAIN ORGANIZATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY AND VIABILITY
The College and Foundation are prepared for emerging developments in dentistry. Members should feel that the organizations they join and support today will be there for the rest of their careers.

This strategic plan will guide the aligned activities of the College and Foundation through 2021.