Dr. Phillip J. DeJesus of Shelton, who operates a Bridgeport dental office, received a Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) during the organization\u2019s 2013 annual meeting and exhibits event, held June 27 to 30 in Nashville, Tenn. The award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their profession. To accomplish this goal, DeJesus had to complete 500 hours of continuing dental education, pass a comprehensive exam, and fulfill three years of continuous membership in the AGD. \u2018A role model\u2019 As a fellowship award recipient, DeJesus joins more than 6,900 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients\u2019 oral health. AGD President Linda J. Edgar said DeJesus \u201chas distinguished himself professionally among his peers and is a role model for both fellow dentists and community members of Bridgeport.\u201d DeJesus graduated from SUNY Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine in 1992 and currently practices dentistry in Bridgeport. He and his wife, Kim, live in Shelton and have four children \u2014 P.J., Joey, Nicky and Bella. About the academy The Academy of General Dentistry is a professional association of 38,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. It was founded in 1952 and is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients\u2019 oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, go to www.agd.org.