IV. REQUIREMENTS FOR GUESTS *
1. General Information *
a. As a Guest of the Angle Society you will have clinical or academic requirements that must meet the standards of the Angle Society. Please do not be deterred by these challenges. Our group is a unique blend of clinicians and academicians who will be helpful to you in all aspects of your admissions process.
b. For Guests on the Clinical Track, your selected case will be evaluated by the Examining Committee and presented to the membership in accordance with the meeting format. This process involves not only an evaluation of your clinical expertise, but also an opportunity to begin dialogue between you and the Society. You will find the exchange of treatment ideas between you and other members of the Society a valuable learning experience. As you progress through the Affiliate membership process, we encourage you to make use of this opportunity to interact with the members of the Examining Committee and the Active Members of the Society as they review your cases on display.
c. For Guests on the Academic Track, the purpose of presenting an original paper is to advance the art and science of orthodontics and communicate fresh ideas that impact our specialty. The Academic Credentials Committee will assist you in bringing ideas worthy of scholarly review to the membership. It is their responsibility, along with your sponsors, to keep you “on track” during the affiliate period and to insure that your efforts will culminate in an acceptable oral presentation. Both you and the membership will benefit from this endeavor. It is an expressed purpose of the Angle Society to advance its members in scientific achievement.
d. All presentations will be evaluated by the Examining Committee, the Academic Credentials Committee, the Executive Committee, and the Membership and will form the basis for an invitation for you to proceed to Affiliate Membership.
e. The Examining and Academic Committee chairs will report out in writing to each affiliate within 30 days of the close of the meeting summarizing the discussion about their papers and or cases. The report will clearly state what will be expected for the following year(s) to complete their Affiliate requirements. The sponsors and officers will be copied on this report.
2. Guest Requirements *
a. Clinical Track *
i. The Guest on the Clinical Track will be expected to demonstrate to the Examining Committee and the Membership clinical effectiveness by presenting a moderately difficult case that has been completed within one year of the meeting date. This time restriction applies also to cases presented before the American Board of Orthodontics. This presentation must be according to the case requirements and format as described below.
ii. The treatment should be representative of your diagnostic ability and demonstrate your clinical ability showing your finest quality of care. We expect all cases to be well treated. Poorly finished cases, even though they may be difficult, are not accepted. All treatment including occlusal intercuspation should be completely finished. This requirement includes second molars. This is an opportunity to show us what you can do. The Examining Committee shall evaluate your case and a member of the Committee shall meet with you and your sponsor to present the Committee’s findings.
iii. An electronic draft version of the written case resume will be sent to the examining committee chair with sponsors copied one month prior to the meeting.
b. Academic Track *
i. Guests on the Academic Track are required to present a thirty-minute scientific paper. The Guest should work with the sponsor and co-sponsor and may desire to present an outline of the paper to the members of the Academic Credentials Committee to gain their input and assistance in preparing an acceptable paper (see Table 1).
ii. If so requested, the Academic Credentials Committee shall preview the paper according to the following guidelines:
1. Relevance of the topic and interest to the membership and the orthodontic community.
2. Adequacy of the literature review
3. Design of the study [soundness of the methodology]
4. Statistical analyses
5. Presentation and discussion of the results
6. Validity of the conclusions
7. Clarity of expression
Each of these factors (1 through 7) will be rated as either acceptable or unacceptable by the Academic Credentials Committee, and appropriate and timely feedback will be provided.
iii. The presentation will take place on the first or second day of the annual meeting. A member of the Academic Credentials Committee will discuss the paper.
iv. The Academic Credentials Committee shall evaluate the paper and presentation according to the guidelines in b.ii.–1 through 7 above. A member of the Academic Credentials Committee will meet with the Guest and the Guest’s sponsor to present the findings of the Committee.
v. By November 15 contact the Academic Committee with a draft of the paper for a general review of the topic and the format. By January 31st a copy of the guest paper shall be sent to the discussor selected by the Executive Committee.
vi. Responsability of the sponsors. Initiate the approval of the guests with the Executive Committee 6 months before the annual society meeting. By December 15 contact the Executive Committee to ensure that a discussor is assigned to the guests.