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2018 Joint Academic Day

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2018 Joint Academic Day
     Over 160 educators involved in predoctoral and postdoctoral pediatric dental education came together for the Annual Joint Academic Day. Dr. Amr Moursi, trustee-at-large for academic affairs, welcomed everyone and moderated the morning program.  Dr. Heber Simmons addressed the topic of AAPD advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and the importance of taking advantage of grant opportunities, and a panel discus- sion about preparing and administering a HRSA grant followed the presentations. Dr. Joel Berg spoke about teaching medical management of dental caries, while Drs. Homa Amini and Roopa Gandhi spoke about using iPads Learning Platforms. Rounding out the morning was Dr. Matt Grady from the ADA Department of Testing Services who provided an update and answered questions on the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT).
     Participants that registered for the Annual Sessions may access the Joint Academic Day presentations at AAPD/ or on the Residency Directors Resource page on the AAPD website.
     Following lunch, the Society of Predoctoral Program Directors and the Society of Postdoctoral Program Directors met and held programs designed to meet their specific needs.
     Please contact AAPD Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at for additional information or assistance with access- ing the presentations.
Dr. Scott Schwartz, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
     Immediately after deciding to become a dentist as a sophomore in high school, I routinely pictured my life as a private practitioner in a leafy Chicago suburb. During dental school, however, I realized the extent to which educational institutions are responsible for shouldering the significant amount of dental disease that persists among the poor and minority groups. As a result, my career goals veered away from a traditional clini- cal career in private practice. Instead, I developed an interest in public health and academic dentistry, a curios- ity I fed through my specialty training in pediatric dentistry and formalized with a masters degree in public health. After studying health policy and management, reconciling my own feelings towards a for-profit health care model, and gaining significant exposure to the joys of teaching, I was compelled to explore academics as a full-time career. When I finally started my dream job at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the dust settled from 26 years in school, I fully understood the financial implications of professional school stu- dent loans. Academic pediatric dentists make significantly less than their private practice counterparts, which can make long-term dedication to this career difficult. Just my monthly student loan obligation would consume more than half of my salary before accounting for other necessities. Dental faculty loan repayment through the Health Resource and Service Administration will facilitate paying down the debt burden to a point where the income differential will no longer affect my commitment to a career dedicated to education and public service. It is a truly life changing gift to more completely embrace my decision to pursue a career in academic dentistry, influencing the practice of our future pediatric oral health practitioners.

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