November 2017 Volume LIII Number 6

 
 
 
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A Message from Your President

November 2017 Volume LII Number 6

Reflect and Serve

Fall is here and Thanksgiving is approaching. The kids are back to school, the leaves are changing colors and the temperatures are moving lower. Fall in Minnesota is a beautiful season and probably my favorite. With the changing of the season, it is also a time to reflect. It is usually a brief reprieve in our offices from the hec- tic schedules of summer. The Thanksgiving season is also a time to celebrate the wonderful profession that we practice and the staff that help us make a difference in the lives of children. We also make time to reflect on the blessings of our families and celebrate our time together.

As I write this, hurricane season is also in full swing. Unfor- tunately, Texas and Louisiana have been impacted greatly by hurricane Harvey and Irma is moving toward the Florida coast. Our family’s thoughts and prayers go to all of those affected by the storms. Unfortunately, it may take several years for the affected to return to normal. Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Founda- tion of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (HSHC), is providing support to our affected members in the hurricane impact areas. Please consider supporting their efforts by donating to the Foundation. Please contact Paul Amundsen and his staff at HSHC for more details. You can also donate on-line at the HSHC website.

Watching the incredible devastation of the storms has made me wonder if our family and practice are prepared for the unthinkable. Take the time to review the contingency plans for your practice in the event of an unexpected business interruption (e.g., fire, pipe breakage, tornado). Do you have plans in place to preserve your business information and patient charts? Is your business and overhead insurance adequate and in effect? You should also review or create an emergency preparedness plan for your family as well as your business. The AAPD has announced and opened registration on the 2018 continuing education courses. We are fortunate to have tremendous volunteers and AAPD staff that spend countless hours developing outstanding offerings for our members’ professional development. In February 2018, we will be co-hosting a joint symposium with the American Association of Orthodontists regarding orthodontic care for our patients. The team planning the "Early Orthodontic Treat- ment: Working Together for Great Results" has assembled great faculty, course content, and a fabulous setting in Scottsdale, Ariz. Registration is now available for the joint symposium. Information on the symposium and other national, district and state courses are available at www.aapd.org/events.

I am also thankful that we have had a tremendous year with the Academy. Your officers, board of trustees, council, committees, and AAPD staff have been hard at work and are focused on creating a world-class organization to serve and represent our membership. We are continually focused on creating tools for our members so that they can strive for optimal oral health for all children. Have a great rest of 2017 and take some time to enjoy life. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at james.nickman@comcast.net.

 

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