May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


A Message from Your President

May 2017 Volume LII Number 3

A Year with the AAPD

As my year as your president of the AAPD comes to a close, I sincerely thank you for the opportunity. I would like to recap the activities the Academy and I have been involved in within the past year.

European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (EAPD)

My year as president started following the AAPD Annual Session, in Belgrade, Serbia, for the EAPD Meeting. The organiz- ers and hosts could not have been more gracious. The scientific programs and social activities were all outstanding. I, along with Dr. Bobby Thikkurissy and two speakers from England, presented a program titled, "Transatlantic Perspective of Sedation and General Anesthesia in Children and Adolescents." The intent was to give the current European and American status regarding utilization, practitioner and parental acceptance, governmental and regulatory influences related to in office minimal and moderate sedation, as well as, deep sedation and general anesthesia. The differences were quite striking. In many European countries, sedation is not allowed and use of general anesthesia is utilized at a higher frequency.

Media Training

A gem in the Academy’s resources is the commitment to training spokespeople throughout the country that represent the AAPD when talking to media outlets on a variety of topics. This is a two-day training program that provides an intensive learning experience. Should members have an interest and a specific area of strength in dental related topics, please contact the Academy to make them aware of that.

Dental Specialty Group and a New Entity

Twice a year, the nine ADA recognized dental specialties meet to discuss and share in a variety of topics. This is known as the Dental Specialty Group (DSG). This past year an area that has been, and continues to be, an area of focus is in the specialty recogni- tion process. Up until a few years ago the ADA was the sole entity that recognized dental specialties. Recently a new dental specialty recognition organization evolved called the American Board of Dental Specialties (ABDS). The current members of that organiza- tion are Dental Anesthesiology, Implantology, Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine. There have been legal challenges in several states and to date the Federal Trade Commission and state courts have upheld the fact that these areas of dentistry can announce they are a recognized specialty by the ABDS.

Commission on Dental Accreditation

AAPD attends the CODA meeting twice a year, along with our current representative, Dr. Catherine Flaitz. The areas of the Pediatric Dental Educational Standards currently under review are further definition of the minimum sedation experiences in training programs.

AAPD Advanced Leadership (ALI) at Wharton Business School The second cohort of ALI completed their experience this past year. Their primary responsibility was to provide a detailed study of the areas potentially affecting pediatric dentistry and the AAPD over the next five to seven year time horizon in the broad areas of: business/economic trends, demographic trends, legislation/regula- tory trends, political/social value trends and technology/science trends. The product that the five teams of cohorts completed were to be utilized for the development of our updated strategic plan. The plan will serve as a beacon to guide the AAPD in every area of our organization.

District Meetings

As I attended several district meetings, I am continually astound- ed by not only what incredible people pediatric dentists are, but also their commitment to their patient families and their profession. I sincerely appreciate the hospitality I was shown by all.

Media Events

Your AAPD has made one of their highest efforts to emphasize the importance of children’s oral health and the importance of the profession of pediatric dentistry in oral care of children. The AAPD utilizes the a number of media experiences to obtain the highest public exposure at the greatest value for our investment. In that regard, a highlight of my professional career has been being the face and voice for the AAPD and our profession this past year as president. I had the opportunity to be involved in over 60 media events or publications. In the television and Internet media arena, I was directly involved in over 1,900 media placements and potentially reached 45 million people. The AAPD continues to have increas- ing interest and demand from publications. Interviews that include many featured articles from New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine, Family Circle Magazine and Fox News for the consumer mar- ket. The professional publications included Compendium, Dimensions in Dentistry and Dimensions in Dental Hygiene. The reach the Academy has had in social media in mommy blogs and Twitter events have had major penetration in our target audience of young moms.

International Collaboration

The Academy held a joint conference with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). It was the most successful confer- ence the RCSI has ever held and over 180 members from the U.S. attended the three-day conference in Dublin. We continue to have increasing demand to collaborate with colleagues abroad.

Corporate Partners

An increasing source of non-dues revenue is through the growth of our corporate partner relationships. We have continued to grow these partnerships significantly in response to the support our mem- bers show in the product and services they deliver.

Continuing Education

Members still feel in-person continuing education is their primary choice, although we continue to expand our online CE. In 2017, AAPD will introduce our very own podcast show.

Safety Task Force

A culture of safety is paramount in health care. This past year there has been a focus in this area. We are committed to the highest quality care in the best interest of our patients and dental team.

District and State Chapter collaboration and support has continued to be a priority for the Academy. In April, we hosted the Inaugural Chapter Orientation/Leadership Conference, which proved to be a tremendous success. The intent was to further develop the skills of lead- ers at all levels within our organization.

The 2017 AAPD Annual Session in Washington D.C., will be world-class. The scientific programs, social events and camaraderie will display all the best pediatric dentistry has to offer. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Lastly, I am humbled to have had the privilege this past year to serve as your president. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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