SEC. 73-9-29. Certification of dental specialists.
Any dentist of this state licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners, who has complied with the requirements specified by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association, or its successor council or commission, in a specialty branch of dentistry or who has otherwise met the requirements of the rules and regulations promulgated by the board may apply for a certificate as a specialist. The application shall be accompanied by the payment of a fee not to exceed the fee provided for in Section 73-9-43 and the application must be on file for at least sixty (60) days before the regular meeting of the board, and if the application is accepted the applicant may be notified to appear for examination before the board and a committee of that particular specialty, if available, appointed by the board. Examinations may be oral, written, or both, and the applicant may be required to demonstrate his or her knowledge and proficiency in the specialty in which he or she desires to be certified. The board is authorized to certify specialists in all specialty areas approved by the American Dental Association.
Any dentist not licensed by the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners but who is eligible to take the Mississippi State Board examination, and is further eligible for specialty examination, may take both examinations at the discretion of the board.
No licensed dentist shall hold himself or herself out to the public as a specialist, or publicly announce as being specially qualified in any particular branch of dentistry, or publicly announce as giving special attention to any branch of dentistry, until he or she has been issued a certificate by the board authorizing him or her to do so. Failure to comply shall be cause for his or her dental license to be revoked or suspended.
(a) A diplomate of a specialty board approved by the American Dental Association;
(b) A dentist who has complied with requirements as specified by the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association, or its successor council or commission, for graduate training in the specialty sought to be announced, the training to meet the educational or training requirement for diplomate status;
(c) A dentist who has announced a specialized practice in one (1) of the special areas of dental practice within the State of Mississippi for at least five (5) years before January 1, 1970, and who meets the requirements elsewhere in this section may be granted a specialist certificate upon application and payment only of an initial specialty registration fee.
A dentist specialist's certificate shall be revoked or voided upon the revocation or voiding of the holder's license to practice dentistry in Mississippi.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 8757.5; Laws, 1970, ch. 419, Sec. 2; reenacted without change, 1983, ch. 488, Sec. 16; 1987, ch. 385; reenacted, 1991, ch. 483, Sec. 16; 1993, ch. 465, Sec. 4, eff from and after July 1, 1993; 1997 Laws, Chapter 541, Sec. 17, SB2226; Laws, 2002, ch. 524, § 17, SB 2204, eff from and after June 30, 2002.
PREVIOUS VERSIONS: Pre-2002.
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