What has the CAE done for me?
The CAE established and preserves your right to practice. The CAE fought and won the battle that allows each of us the privilege of being called a specialist. No specialty can exist without the vigilance and concern of a representative organization. The CAE is that organization for endodontics in Canada.
Without the CAE, endodontics would not exist as a recognized specialty. The CAE is responsible for the establishment of endodontics as a recognized specialty in Canada. In 1966 the CAE presented a brief to the CDA Board of Governors highlighting the distinctive educational and science base of endodontics and the health benefits the public would enjoy if an endodontic specialty was established. The Board of Governors approved the specialty and accepted the CAE as its representative organization.
The CAE has represented the interests of endodontists from the restructuring of the specialties, through the formation of the Royal College, to the integration of universal service codes for specialty services into the national fee base. The CAE has stood at the forefront of those deliberations.
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Since it was first established in 1965, the CAE has been dedicated to excellence and quality in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care. The CAE encourages its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service.
CAE leaders are charged with strategic planning, problem solving and the generation of creative ideas for the advancement of the specialty and the Academy.
Relationship with the AAE
The CAE maintains a collegial relationship and cooperates with the AAE on issues affecting us both. Canadian endodontists benefit greatly from our relationship with the AAE. Many of these benefits are unseen.
For example, in the US in 1989 the Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association conducted a review of the 8 dental specialties to determine if they justified their specialty status. It was an attempt at recertifying entire specialties. The Council on Dental Education was questioning whether there was a sufficient “body of knowledge” about endodontics to justify our existence as a specialty. Endodontics and pedodontics were put on hold for further review. Only the efforts of the AAE saved the day. Endodontics was recertified, and our status as a respected specialty has continued. If endodontics had lost its specialty status in the U.S., do you think that Canada would have been far behind? We need a strong CAE to meet such a challenge should it arise in Canada.
This experience highlighted the need for continuing quality research in the field of endodontics.
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