May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


AAPD 2019 Programs

November 2018 Volume LIII Number 6

Opening Session and Keynote Address
Nicole Malachowski, USAF, RET
Harnessing the Headwinds of Change
Friday, May 24, 2019

The first woman to become a pilot in the Elite Air Force Thunderbird Aerial, accumulating over 2,300 flight hours, 188 of which were in combat and Commander of an Air Force squadron are just a few of the hats that Nicole Malachowski has worn. Malachowski has faced the unexpected throughout her entire life and career and shares her inspiring stories to help audiences harness their inner determination and drive.

A 21-year U.S. Air Force Veteran Colonel, Malachowski has forged a path through the various changes in her life that has helped her overcome significant adversity. After graduating from the Air Force Academy,she began her adventure as one of the first women to fly a modern fighter aircraft. From there, she had been personally selected by the First Lady to advise on all matters pertaining to military service members, veterans and military families. When an illness left Malachowski unable to safely walk or speak intelligibly and ended her military career, she still came out on top and uses her story as an opportunity to educate others. Hers is an inspiring story of the power of determination and the drive of a truly indomitable spirit. She will share herunique story and how all of us can harness the power of the headwinds in our lives. The lessons she learned can benefit you, your teams and your organization.

Career Fair
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Immediately following the Early Career Dentist Course

The annual Career Fair is a great opportunity for hiring organizations to network with both early career pediatric dentists seeking their first practice position, as well as experienced pediatric dentists who are looking for a change. The Career Fair is a personal and dynamic way of connect- ing with members of AAPD.

For more information, contact Meeting Services Associate Kelly Katona at (312) 337-2169 or The cost to participate is $150 for AAPD members and $500 for recruiting companies.

Preconference Course

Speak Up for Patient Health: Critical Conversations on Controversial Issues

"The topic is important, but I don’t know what to say!" Pediatric dental professionals find it challenging to talk with parents and patients (especially adolescents) about a host of medical conditions and lifestyle choices related to oral health. This interactive session offers practical
advice from top content experts on how to hold effective conversations on such difficult topics as overweight/obesity, eating disorders, substance use, transgender issues, sexual practices, pregnancy and STIs. It tells how to break bad news in the face of unexpected treatment results – and mis- takes. The session will boost communication skills and confidence for pediatric dentists and team members when addressing topics that might make parents and adolescent patients feel embar- rassed, upset, judged negatively, or unwilling to return to your practice.
Communication is a "must have" skill for pediatric dentistry, especially when the discussion turns difficult or the only response from a ‘tween patient is a shrug or eye roll. It is critical to oral health literacy, informed consent, patient motivation and behavior change. In addition, strong communication skills bring many benefits. Patients who have positive communication with their health providers are more likely to accept treatment recommendations, have less anxiety about treatment, experience less discomfort, require less medication and recuperate more quickly than patients who do not. A fast-paced session relevant for every member of the pediatric dental team.
AAPD Abstract Submission Deadline
Jan. 15, 2019

Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRA)
My Kid’s Dentist Research Poster Competition
Sunstar Research Fellowship

International Oral Presentations at AAPD 2019

The AAPD recognizes the importance of research that is taking place globally and wants to offer an opportunity for these in- ternational colleagues to share their knowledge. The Academy is seeking oral presenta- tions from pediatric dentists outside of North America to give a 15 minute presentation on their research at the AAPD 2019. In this format, each presenter will bring a single idea or concept and will share it with the audience. One winner will be selected for a monetary prize. Submit your abstract today; the dead- line is Jan. 15, 2019. For more information, contact Meeting Services Manager Caroline Oliva at

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