CODA Seeks Nominations for Review Committees

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The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) is seeking nominations to fill seven upcoming public member vacancies on its review committees. Due June 15, nominations for public members are for the following committees: 

  • Predoctoral education
  • Dental hygiene
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics,
  • Pediatrics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Advanced education in general dentistry, general practice residence, dental anesthesiology, oral medicine, and orofacial pain 

Review committee members are responsible for reviewing all policy matters, site visit reports, progress reports, applications for accreditation, and special reports on accredited programs, which are submitted to the commission for final action. 

Members also will serve as consultants to the commission and must complete the web-based site visitor training prior to serving. The self-paced instruction manual on the commission’s policies, procedures, and standards takes about six to eight hours to complete.

Plus, members are required to become familiar with the CODA training manual and participate in a full day of training at ADA Headquarters. Review committee members should observe at least one site visit within their first year of service on the review committee. 

Membership requires 10 to 20 days of service per year, and committee members are expected to be accessible and able to communicate by fax, email, and the commission’s web-based communication tools. 

Accreditation is a peer-reviewed process, and volunteers are an integral part of that process, according to CODA. The commission provides training to all its volunteers, and CODA staff is available for support through the process.

The nominating committee will review the nominations and submit recommendations to the commission. Nominations may not be directed toward a specific review committee, and requests to be placed on a specific committee will not be honored.

Appointments are made for one four-year term, beginning and ending in October of each year. For more information, visit

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