I have just learned about a new project from the AADOM (American Association of Dental Office Managers). They have just announced a Fellowship program. To become a Fellow AADOM members need to demonstrate a specified level of experience, education and competence. This is designed to provide a reliable professional designation for dental office managers.
Dental business administrators have evolved from front desk receptionists trained on the job to true professionals managing multimillion dollar businesses. As a dentist when I was faced with having to hire someone for this position I had very little to go on when evaluating candidates. Even if they had worked in the field that did not insure that were trained or knew anything beyond what had been done in their previous office. I admit I made a number of bad hires in this area. I know that if something like the FAADOM designation had been available I would have found it very important.