Hurricane Displaced Dentists Take Special ADEX Examination

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018 | Linthicum Heights, MD

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Fall 2017 saw the most intense hurricane season recorded in Atlantic history. Both hurricane Maria and hurricane Irma caused billions of dollars in damage and left many island occupants without electricity or access to food and water.
 
“The hurricane truly made me appreciate how quickly things can change,” said one dentist forced to leave his practice in Puerto Rico after 24 years.
 
The destruction caused by the hurricanes had dramatic effects on so many, including practicing dentists in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands who were in turn displaced to Florida to try to re-start their lives. To assist these individuals, the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), Florida Department of Health, Florida Board of Dentistry, Florida Dental Association and Miami Dade College decided to join forces late last year to expedite a special administration of the ADEX dental licensure exam on February 11-12, 2018 at Miami Dade College.

Florida Department of Health received several inquiries and we quickly identified the special needs of the affected individuals. We then reached out to the CDCA to see what could be done.” said TJ Tejera, DMD, MD, Chair, Florida Board of Dentistry.

“Our CDCA leadership was eager to find a way to assist these dentists and new Florida residents, consistent with our mission. We knew time was of the essence and went to work right away to put together an exam with minimal participant cost.” said Alex Vandiver, CEO.

The two-day exam was administered by a team of CDCA examiners. Dr. Dave Perkins, CDCA Chairman, shared a little bit about his experience at the exam:

“Our CDCA leadership was eager to find a way to assist these dentists and new Florida residents, consistent with our mission. We knew time was of the essence and went to work right away to put together an exam with minimal participant cost.” said Alex Vandiver, CEO.
 
The two-day exam was administered by a team of CDCA examiners. Dr. Dave Perkins, CDCA Chairman, shared a little bit about his experience at the exam:
 
“As the Chief for this exam, it was heartbreaking to hear the stories of dentists that have been practicing 20 or 30 years. They’ve had their worlds turned upside down and it was an honor to help them get back to doing what they love. We would not be fulfilling our mission if we did not help out.”
 
Besides Florida, successfully completing the ADEX exam requirement offers these dentists the ability to apply for a license in 46 other accepting jurisdictions.
 
“After Hurricanes Maria and Irma, my office was severely affected due to the lack of electric power and water. I was with no power for about 3 months and a big number of patients moved to different states including Florida, California, Texas and Chicago,” shared one exam candidate, but many had similar stories.

When surveyed on their plans after achieving Florida licensure, exam participants responded they will continue to practice and serve their new communities.
 
“After I achieve my FL dental license, I am planning to join a practice where I can start doing what I love the most…really good dentistry,” shared one of the dentists.