May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3

 
 
 
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Proud of Our Passion

November 2015 Volume L Number 6

Is it just me, or does this year seem to be flying by for you as well? My year as president has certainly taken off, and these are the meetings I’ve attended:

AAPD Board Orientation and Media Training—Chicago, Ill.
International Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Meeting—Glasgow, Scotland
AAPD Council on Annual Session Planning Meeting—San Antonio, Texas
Dental Specialty Group and CODA Meetings—Chicago, Ill.
AAPD Executive Retreat—Toronto, Canada
AAPD Ad Interim Meeting—Chicago, Ill.
Dental Trade Alliance Meeting—Bonita Springs, Fla.
Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Meeting—Baltimore, Md.
Royal College of Surgeons of Dublin—Dublin, Ireland
ADA Annual Session—Washington, D.C.
 
In reflecting upon these opportunities to meet colleagues from across the country and the world, I am so proud to be a pediatric dentist, serving children along with so many talented and passionate people who share the same noble goal—optimal oral health for all children.
 
I am also continually amazed at the spirit of generosity I have seen demonstrated by our colleagues and friends. Whether it be money, time, volunteer service or other available resources, in every environment I’ve been to, I have seen this spirit on full display. In speaking with Healthy Smiles Healthy Children Vice President for Development and Charitable Programming Paul Amundsen, I find his experience has been identical to mine. If you are not aware, we had a member and spouse commit up to a million-dollar match contribution to our foundation for the 2015-2016 cycle. I hope this resonates with our members because this essentially is the opportunity for us to double our total contributions to our foundation this year. I am humbled by this magnanimous gesture. These resources will allow us to award a greater number of qualified grantees the money required to help our less fortunate children get the care they need to have healthy smiles. In his travels to sites of past recipients of our foundation grants, Amundsen has expressed his appreciation and admiration for the work that is being done in the communities, but has also come to recognize the scope of the problem. It is my hope that we can match the challenge set forth this year because it will certainly increase our impact for the children.
 
Finally, I am reminded of something my good friend and colleague Dr. Ned Savide said many years ago: "The passion, compassion, empathy and purpose for treating children frames the rest of our activities both personally and professionally." I couldn’t agree more, and for those of us fortunate enough to have pediatric dentistry as our calling, I’m sure you feel the same way.

 

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