The Pierre Fauchard Academy
The Pierre Fauchard Academy is an honorary dental service organization founded by Dr. Elmer S. Best in 1936. Troubled by the proprietary nature of many dental publications, he wanted to help the profession gain control of its own literature and assure its independence from commercial interests. His passionate concern for the search for knowledge and the raising of professional standards guided the beginnings of the Academy, attracted outstanding dental researchers and teachers to its ranks, and led to a continuing role in fostering dental science.
Dr. Best named the Academy after the "Father of Modern Dentistry", Pierre Fauchard of France (1678-1761), who was credited with raising dentistry to a profession. He wrote a book named le Chirurgien Dentiste ou Traite des Dents which was the first true textbook of dentistry.
Fellowship in the Academy is by nomination by professional leaders and was designed to be itself an accolade to past accomplishment and an encouragement to future productivity. Contributions to dental literature, service to the profession of dentistry, and service to the general community, thereby bringing credit to dentistry, were among the criteria sought in recruiting new members. The Academy has itself had a publication program, notably through Dental World, and has always encouraged its fellow members to contribute to dental education and dental literature.
The Pierre Fauchard Academy is an international organization that is comprised of over 8,000 Fellows and is divided into over 120 Sections that are found in 65 countries. Over 6,000 fellows are in the United States, which is divided into 55 Sections. The role of the Academy includes honoring outstanding leaders with Fellowship, conferring various awards, mentoring, conducting a Hall of Fame and a large variety of voluntary service projects in dentistry.
The Academy is administered by a Board of Trustees consisting of five Officers and ten Trustees from around the world. Section organization includes a Chairperson and such other officers or committee members as the Section may elect. The administrative office of the Academy is located in Logan, Utah.