Fellowship Program

AAOSH Fellowship Program

AAOSH Fellowship track means recipients stay up-to-date on the latest scientific advancements in oral-systemic health and continue developing skills and competencies to treat patients with periodontal conditions that stem from systemic disease. Fellows/Masters/Diplomats also process advanced skills and competencies in the treatment planning of patients and communications with their allied healthcare professionals for total body health. Fellows/Masters/Diplomats are recognized as the most thoroughly trained and tested Oral Systemic clinicians in their fields and the most sought-after by both patients and employers.

AAOSH Fellows consistently report higher patient volume and increased professional satisfaction. This is in part due to their advanced understanding of the mouth-body connection

A promotional badge that AAOSH Fellows/Masters/Diplomats receive, may be used on all their marketing and promotional materials.

What you'll receive

  • Use of the FAAOSH, MAAOSH, DAAOSH distinction
  • Professional recognition of your commitment to oral-systemic health
  • Label on your AAOSH Member Directory profile indicating your level of fellowship
  • Recognition at Annual Scientific Session
  • Personalized Fellowship plaque that can be displayed in your office

Become part of an advanced, elite group of individuals, who have gained the skills to be designated as an accomplished oral-systemic practitioner.

Engage in advanced learning and enhance your communication skills with your patients and other medical professionals.

Belong to a community of recognized individuals, highlighted as oral-systemic experts and an inspiration to others.

AAOSH Fellow - Badge

To become a Fellow
(FAAOSH)

you must complete 70 hours of AAOSH-approved credit hours—35 of which must come from AAOSH Annual Scientific Sessions.

You may use credits from 2011 on to achieve your AAOSH Fellowship.

All courses submitted for Fellowship must be outside the realm of self taught or self instructed. 

AAOSH Master Fellow - Badge

To become a Master Fellow
(MAAOSH)

you must first become a Fellow, then complete 120 hours of AAOSH-approved credit hours—60 of which must come from AAOSH Annual Scientific Sessions.

Credits from 2018 and on may be applied to Master level. This process should take at least three years after becoming a Fellow.

All courses submitted for Master Fellowship must be outside the realm of self taught or self instructed. 

Diplomate - Abbreviation

To become a Diplomate
(DAAOSH)

you must first become a Master Fellow, then complete 170 hours of AAOSH-approved credit hours—85 of which must come from AAOSH Annual Scientific Sessions.

Credits from 2021 and on may be applied to Diplomate level. This process should take at least three years after becoming a Master Fellow.

All courses submitted for Diplomate must be outside the realm of self taught or self instructed. 

How to become an AAOSH Fellow

Step 1

Pay the application fee ($199 per level)

Step 2

Download and complete Course Record Sheet

Make sure all fellowship credits are from a diverse mix of oral-systemic health categories (see category list below).

Step 3

Submit your application!

Step 4

Fellowship Committee will review and process your application. We'll be in touch with any questions that arise during this process, and to let you know when your application has been approved. Please note that this process may take a few weeks.

Elective hours must be qualified in the following categories

**Please note that your fellowship credits should be from a well-rounded mix of the oral-systemic health categories listed below**

For more information and details on topics, visit the Core Curriculum page.

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Aging/Brain Health
  • Diabetes
  • Periodontal Disease and Biofilm Diseases of the Mouth
  • Metabolic Health
  • Lifestyle
  • Genetics
  • Nutrition
  • Airway and Sleep Disorders
  • Genomics
  • Oral Pathogens
  • Gut Health and Microbiome
  • Cancer and Autoimmune Disorders
  • Behavior Influences
  • Increasing Health Literacy
  • Environmental Influences
  • Success for the Oral Systemic Practice
  • AAOSH Webinars
  • Case Studies, research project whitepapers, and clinical presentations contributing to an Annual Scientific Session
  • Any joint session seminars with ACAM, AAPMD, AAMFM, IAOMT
  • Any AGD/PACE or CERP approved course designed to educate the practitioner on the relationship of oral health to whole body health—including but not limited to exploring the mechanisms of these relationships, delivering emerging evidence or education on the pathophysiologic connection between oral health and overall health, and delivering current treatment and preventive modalities.
  • If you don’t see a course here that you would like to be considered toward your fellowship, please contact the fellowship committee.

Fellowship FAQ's

Have any further questions? Please contact us.

Fellowship is open to all AAOSH members who have met the standards for fellowship.

Once you are an AAOSH member, there is a $199 administrative fee to become a fellow. If you decide to upgrade your fellowship after you have already achieved a lower level, there is an additional $199 fee. 
Once you receive a fellowship, to get a Master or a Diplomate Fellowship, you will need ADDITIONAL requirements new to that particular level. You won’t be using requirements from your fellowship to fill out your Master forms. For instance, if you are going for your Master Fellowship, you will need an additional two sessions over the ones needed for fellowships, and those would be the only two recorded on the spreadsheet.
You must go through every level of fellowship to become a Diplomate.
You may use credits from 2011 and on to achieve your AAOSH Fellowship. Credits from 2018 and on may be applied to Master and Diplomate levels. 
Once you become a candidate for fellowship, you will have access to a spreadsheet that you will update with all of the pertinent information about the courses you attend, including (but not limited to) dates, speakers, learning objectives, CE. Once you have completed the requirements, you will submit your spreadsheet and any supporting documents to our Fellowship Committee for final review.