Fellowship and Mastership

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As the number of practitioners treating Neuromuscular Disorders (NMD) has increased, the Executive Board of ICCMO recognized the need to implement a standardized mechanism to assess competency, insure continuing education, and maintain a high standard among practitioners treating patients with TMD.

The Fellowship Board of Examiners was established to investigate a means to accomplish these goals. It was the conclusion of the Fellowship Board that the establishment of a Fellowship program among members of ICCMO would meet this need.

The first Fellowship awards were conferred in 1986. The major objectives of the Fellowship Program of ICCMO are to provide recognition of an individual for high level of achievement in the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and for professional efforts to advance the science of the biophysics and physiology of the head and neck.

The requirements include that the candidate must be an ICCMO member in good standing. The candidate must successfully pass the Fellowship Written Examination.

The practicing DDS/DMD (or equivalent) candidate must submit a Fellowship application, evidence of completion of 75 hours of continuing education courses or teaching (within the past 3 years) related to diagnosis and/or treatment of TMD, biophysics and physiology of the head, neck and stomatognathic system and also submit 3 neuromuscularly complete case histories documented with objective data and a post treatment evaluation for review.

Other activities and/or credentials will be considered upon application by the Fellowship Board of Examiners. A Fellowship plaque and key are presented and the ICCMO academic hood will be worn by candidates for Fellowship at the annual North American Section Meeting or the biennial International Congress when Fellowship is awarded. Fellowships are not conferred in absentia.


ICCMO's Mastership Program is designed to encourage and recognize the scholarship and clinical expertise of those who earn this distinguished credential. The first Masterships were conferred at the International Congress in Banff, Alberta in October, 1993.

A Mastership plaque and key have been designed, and the ICCMO academic hood will be worn by those candidates for Mastership at the annual North American Section Meeting, and the bi-annual International Congress. Masterships are not conferred in abstentia.

To attain Mastership, interested candidates must first attain Fellowship in the College. Following Fellowship, the candidate must then successfully pass the Mastership written examination. It is highly suggested before taking the Mastership examination, members should attend the tutorial given at the annual North American Section meeting.

The written examination can be best prepared for by being familiar with the following textbooks: Coy, Richard E., Hickman, David H., Holleman, Sidney, Mazzocco, Michael M. (ed): Anthology of Craniomandibular Orthopedics, Vol. 6, 7 and 8. Seattle, WA: Buchman, 2003, 2005, 2007, Jankelson, R: Neuromuscular Dental Diagnosis and Treatment. St. Louis: Ishiyaku EuroAmerica, 1990

Upon successful completion of the examination, the candidate will submit a thesis proposal for approval, followed by a completed thesis on a subject matter related to the academic interest area of the College.  An oral examination follows submission of the thesis and will include questions on the thesis topic. The thesis must be submitted within two years of successful completion of the exam.

Fellowship Mastership Award Class Acceptance Speech - International ICCMO Congress

Vancouver, Canada, October 2011

Shamshudin (Sam) Kherani, DDS, MICCMO

On behalf of the Fellowship and Mastership Class of 2011 it is a privilege and an honor to come before you this evening in acceptance of this award. For me, the significance of this award that you have bestowed upon my colleagues and I tonight has brought much clarity to what was once a blurred idea of what nature presents to us as complicated human beings. This clarity underscores a harmonious relationship between the nerves, muscles, bones and the dentition of the stomatognathic system. The International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics represents the guardian of that relationship. I am therefore proud to be a member of the College and subscribe to the principles for which it stands.