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Hi everyone. I just recently became licensed in Florida and have run into some issues. Given that Florida does things Florida's way, I was curious if anyone else had experienced similar problems.

So the thing is, if you take your ADEX outside of Florida after October 2, 2011, you're allowed to apply for licensure as long as you can prove that you've practiced full time for the last 5 years) and take the Florida Laws and Ethics exam. I did all that and got duly licensed. The only caveat is that in order to keep your license permanently, you're required to log (and prove it with spreadsheets) 1200 hours of patient care during your first year as a licensed Florida dentist, and they give you exactly one year from the date you got licensed to get it done. I got licensed prior to moving to Florida and starting my new associate position with the expectation that I would begin practicing immediately and therefore have plenty of time to log my 1200 hours by the one year mark.

Due to covid, my start date at the new job kept getting pushed back. I finally started working recently, but now I will be unable to log 1200 hours by the 1 year mark, even working 5 days a week, 8 hour days. I've tried to sign up for volunteer positions and weekend locum positions but have had little success. I've called and emailed the board to ask about whether extensions/exceptions would be made for people in my situation, but they essentially told me to go pound sand. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced anything similar.
Thanks!
 
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Hey there!

I am practicing in Florida and haven't run into that problem per se but I think the Florida Board of Dentistry is going to have to make exceptions in your case, because I am sure that you are not the only one going through this.

Call the board office and see if you can speak with someone directly.

Dr Kennedy
 

doccute

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Hi everyone. I just recently became licensed in Florida and have run into some issues. Given that Florida does things Florida's way, I was curious if anyone else had experienced similar problems.

So the thing is, if you take your ADEX outside of Florida after October 2, 2011, you're allowed to apply for licensure as long as you can prove that you've practiced full time for the last 5 years) and take the Florida Laws and Ethics exam. I did all that and got duly licensed. The only caveat is that in order to keep your license permanently, you're required to log (and prove it with spreadsheets) 1200 hours of patient care during your first year as a licensed Florida dentist, and they give you exactly one year from the date you got licensed to get it done. I got licensed prior to moving to Florida and starting my new associate position with the expectation that I would begin practicing immediately and therefore have plenty of time to log my 1200 hours by the one year mark.

Due to covid, my start date at the new job kept getting pushed back. I finally started working recently, but now I will be unable to log 1200 hours by the 1 year mark, even working 5 days a week, 8 hour days. I've tried to sign up for volunteer positions and weekend locum positions but have had little success. I've called and emailed the board to ask about whether extensions/exceptions would be made for people in my situation, but they essentially told me to go pound sand. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced anything similar.
Thanks!
Hello! I hope you have been able to get some more reasonable response from the board? Did you do your ADEX/CDCA exams in Florida or out of state? I moved here from Canada i January and I am in the process of applying for a license after completing the Inbde and the laws and rules exam. If you do not mind, I have a question that I think you may be able to help me with!
So I complete my CDCA exam in 2016 in Canada. Thus, I have to submit proof of full time practice since then. I would appreciate any pointers as to what to request from my previous offices of employment in order to avoid confusion. Thank you in advance!
 
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Hello! I hope you have been able to get some more reasonable response from the board? Did you do your ADEX/CDCA exams in Florida or out of state? I moved here from Canada i January and I am in the process of applying for a license after completing the Inbde and the laws and rules exam. If you do not mind, I have a question that I think you may be able to help me with!
So I complete my CDCA exam in 2016 in Canada. Thus, I have to submit proof of full time practice since then. I would appreciate any pointers as to what to request from my previous offices of employment in order to avoid confusion. Thank you in advance!
I have not. They are the worst. They have one guy answering the phone and he is rude and not helpful. I honestly don't know if I'm gonna have a license come February. I did my ADEX in Mississippi in 2016. As far as proof of full-time employment for the last 5 years, you have to submit complete patient logs in spreadsheet form (Patient name, appointment and date) for every single patient you have seen in the last 5 years (with the names redacted for Hippaa). Once you begin the application process, the board office will email you a template for what you need to submit.
 

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FL is also not allowing manikin examinations unless you took the OSCE by 11/30, meanwhile most other states are allowing it. No clue where / how I am going to organize a patient based exam without my school's help and time crunch of graduating on time.
 

Dent969

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Hey there!

I am practicing in Florida and haven't run into that problem per se but I think the Florida Board of Dentistry is going to have to make exceptions in your case, because I am sure that you are not the only one going through this.

Call the board office and see if you can speak with someone directly.

Dr Kennedy
I did call several times and they only have one person you can talk to directly. He specifically told me that no exceptions would be made and to check the board website for updates.
 

doccute

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I have not. They are the worst. They have one guy answering the phone and he is rude and not helpful. I honestly don't know if I'm gonna have a license come February. I did my ADEX in Mississippi in 2016. As far as proof of full-time employment for the last 5 years, you have to submit complete patient logs in spreadsheet form (Patient name, appointment and date) for every single patient you have seen in the last 5 years (with the names redacted for Hippaa). Once you begin the application process, the board office will email you a template for what you need to submit.
Thank you so much for responding.
 

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That guy answering the phone seems like a d bag. How do you people every have records of every patient for the list 5 years?
 

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That guy answering the phone seems like a d bag. How do you people every have records of every patient for the list 5 years?
A lot of EHRs have automated lists of daily schedules you can copy into an excel spreadsheet. The board requested a list of patient initials, procedures completed and dates.
 
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FL is also not allowing manikin examinations unless you took the OSCE by 11/30, meanwhile most other states are allowing it. No clue where / how I am going to organize a patient based exam without my school's help and time crunch of graduating on time.
Florida’s state surgeon general has extended the exception to live patients until March 31st 2021 & I expect if Covid starts ramping up in the state it will continue to be manikin based for the restorative & perio portions.
 

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